ASHRAE launches global certification for HVAC designers

Peter Saunders
March 13, 2019
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March 13, 2019 – The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has launched a global certification program for HVAC designers, with computer-based testing scheduled to begin on June 3, 2019.

The new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) designation is intended to validate the competency of professionals—working under the responsible charge of an engineer—to design systems to meet building and project requirements, including load calculations, equipment selection and sizing, mechanical equipment room design, duct and piping design and layout of plans for permits and construction.

AHSRAE’s certification committee has approved the CHD exam blueprint and eligibility requirements. Applications are now open, with a practice exam set to launch on May 1.

The development of the exam follows a 2018 industry-wide job analysis survey, which gathered data from more than 1,200 respondents in more than 60 countries.

“For a long time, our certification committee suspected an HVAC designer certification would serve the needs of our members,” says Mark Fly, chair of ASHRAE’s exam subcommittee. “Our survey data emphasized just how much demand there is. We’re confident this program is an investment from which ASHRAE members and their employees will benefit.”

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