Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider Program

Acceptance testing is the process by which a field technician verifies the installation and operation of newly installed equipment or construction elements of a nonresidential building. Since 2005, the Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Standards) has required acceptance testing for nonresidential buildings. Acceptance testing ensures that installed equipment, controls, and systems in nonresidential buildings operate as required by the Standards and that the building owner and occupants receive the desired energy efficiency benefits. Acceptance testing is currently required for a wide range of installations including (but not limited to): Insulation, Lighting Controls, Mechanical Systems (domestic hot water, heating, ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC), and other Covered Processes (i.e., escalators, elevators, refrigerated warehouses, etc.).

Under the 2013 Standards, the Energy Commission developed a program to help improve compliance with the Lighting Controls and Mechanical acceptance test requirements. The Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider (ATTCP) program provides training, certification, and oversight of Acceptance Test Technicians (ATTs) who perform the acceptance tests required by the Standards, as well as the Acceptance Test Employers (ATEs) that employ ATTs. ATTCPs are professional organizations that are approved by the Energy Commission to provide training curriculum for ATTs and ATEs, certification procedures, compliant resolution (including disciplinary procedures), quality assurance, and accountability measures.

As of July 1, 2014, acceptance testing for Lighting Controls must be performed by a certified Lighting Controls ATT. However, acceptance testing for Mechanical Systems has not achieved the minimum requirements. According to Section 10-103.2(b), there must be no less than 300 certified ATTs to perform all mechanical acceptance tests and the approved ATTCPs must provide reasonable access to certification for technicians representing specific industry employment groups.

For more information on how to train to become certified as an Acceptance Test Technician (ATT), hire or verify an ATT, please visit the Energy Commission's Acceptance Test Technician Certification Providers webpage.