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Guidance Commission Groups: ACG, NEBB, SMACNA and BCxA

As a building manager, you may be familiar with the four main organizations that provide guidance on commissioning: ACG, NEBB, SMACNA and BCxA. But what exactly are the differences between these organizations? In this blog post, we’ll take an in depth look at how each organization differs in terms of Cx requirements, guidelines and standards.

 

ACG – American Commissioning Group

The American Commissioning Group (ACG) was founded in 2001 with the mission to promote the understanding and practice of commissioning. ACG provides training, certification and resources for commissioning professionals.

 

In terms of Cx requirements, guidelines and standards, ACG is perhaps best known for its “Certified Commissioning Professional” (CCP) program. To become a CCP, commissioning providers must have at least five years of experience and pass an exam. ACG also offers an “Associate Commissioning Professional” (ACP) designation for those with less experience.

 

NEBB – National Environmental Balancing Bureau

The National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) is a professional trade association that provides training and certification for professionals in the field of balanced environmental systems. NEBB was founded in 1971 and has over 2,500 members worldwide.

 

In terms of Cx requirements, guidelines and standards, NEBB has two main programs: the “Certified Commissioning Technician” (CCT) program and the “Professional Certified Commissioning Firm” (PCCF) program. To become a CCT, commissioning providers must have at least two years of experience and pass an exam. To become a PCCF, firms must have at least one employee who is a CCT and must adhere to NEBB’s standards for quality assurance.

SMACNA – Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) is a trade association that represents the interests of sheet metal contractors and air conditioning contractors. SMACNA was founded in 1945 and has over 3,500 members worldwide.

 

In terms of Cx requirements, guidelines and standards, SMACNA offers a “Certified Commissioning Authority” (CCA) program. To become a CCA, commissioning providers must have at least two years of experience and pass an exam. SMACNA also offers a “Registered Commission Specialist” (RCS) designation for those who want to specialize in commissioning HVAC systems.

 

BCxA – Building Commissioning Association

The Building Commissioning Association (BCxA) is a professional trade association that promotes the understanding and practice of building commissioning. BCxA was founded in 2003 and has over 1,000 members worldwide.

 

In terms of Cx requirements, guidelines and standards, BCxA offers a “Certified Commissioning Professional” (CCP) program. To become a CCP, commissioning providers must have at least five years of experience and pass an exam administered by BCxA. BCxA also offers an “Associate Commissioning Professional” (ACP) designation for those with less experience.

 

So there you have it! A brief overview of how ACG, NEBB, SMACNA and BCxA differ from each other when it comes to Cx requirements, guidelines and standards. All four organizations offer certification programs for commissioning providers – so if you’re looking to get into the field or move up within it – they’re all great options to consider! Thanks for reading!

 

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