Certified Building Commissioning Professional

Since 1981, AEE has certified thousands of professionals within the energy industry. AEE's certifications are recognized by governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as by utilities, end users, and energy service companies. When you earn the right to put the initials "CBCP" behind your name, you are distinguishing yourself as one who brings to your professional activities the full scope of knowledge requisite to the effective commissioning of existing buildings. You have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, and specialized knowledge within your field.

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CBCP Recognition

City of Atlanta
CBCP is one of the approved credentials to do work under the City of Atlanta’s Commercial Building Ordinance(link is external)

City of Austin
CBCP is one acceptable requirement for a project commissioning authority for new buildings of 10,000 gross square feet of conditioned space or greater under Ordinance- No. 20100408-051

City of Fort Collins
CBCP is one of the requirements for a Building Enclosure Commissioning Authority

City of San Francisco
CBCP recognized by the City of San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance and the Department of Environment to provide energy auditing or building commissioning services.

City of San Jose
The City of San José Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance requires an annual energy and water benchmarking report for buildings owned by the City of San Jose that are 15,000 sq ft or more, or privately owned residential and non-residential buildings that are 20,000 sq ft or more. AEE's Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), and Certified Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP) are qualified to perform this work under the ordinance.

CBCP is recognized by the California Commissioning Collaborative(link is external) as an acceptable credential for Commissioning Providers who implement the commissioning process in new and existing buildings.

Montgomery County, Maryland
CBCP is an acceptable verification credentials in Montgomery County, Maryland's Benchmarking Program.

City of Ontario
Under the Ontario Regulation 506/18: Reporting of Energy Consumption and Water Use, an owner who is required to undertake verification under this section shall ensure that the information required to be reported in respect of the prescribed property is verified by a person who holds an accreditation or certification from an accrediting body recognized in Canada or the United States that qualifies the person to perform data verification with respect to the information required to be reported under this Regulation. This includes AEE's CEM, CBCP and CMVP certifications.

Department of the Navy
CBCP recognized by Naval Facilities Engineering Command as acceptable Commissioning Specialist credential for Solicitation N6247815R2440

General Services Administration
CBCP has been reviewed by the Facility Management Institute of the U.S. General Services Administration and is aligned with the FBPTA


  • To raise the professional standards of those engaged in building commissioning.
  • To improve the practice of building commissioning by encouraging professionals in a continuing education program of professional development related to commissioning.
  • To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of building commissioning through completing an examination and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
  • To award special recognition to those professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness for building commissioning.


Applicants must meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

Eligibility   Experience
4-year related* degree OR Professional Engineer (PE) OR Registered Architect (RA) AND 3+ years related* experience
4-year unrelated degree AND 5+ years related* experience
2-year associate degree AND 5+ years related* experience
NONE AND 10+ years related* experience
Current status of Certified Energy Manager (CEM®)    

*Related degree in science, engineering, architecture, business, law, finance, or related field and related experience in facilities management HVAC or process engineering design, construction project management, electrical/controls design, installation or operations, testing, adjusting and balancing, or building commissioning.

In-Training Option

If you do not meet one of the eligibility criteria above, you can still apply for an in-training certification, CBCP-IT. In order to gain the in-training certification, you must attend a CBCP preparatory training seminar or obtain a degree from an approved training provider, submit the CBCP-IT certification application under step two below, and pass the CBCP certification examination. The CBCP-IT certification is valid for six years, which allows you time to meet the full CBCP certification eligibility requirements.

Companies with at least one employee holding a CBCP Certification and who meet the other eligibility requirements may apply for the Certified Building Commissioning Firm Certification.


All CBCP candidates must attend one of AEE's preparatory CBCP training seminars, submit a CBCP certification application, and pass an open book examination, which is proctored by an approved exam administrator.

The examination is based on an approved Body of Knowledge, which includes the main subject areas and the percentages of each included in the examination.

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Step One: Register for the CBCP Training Seminar

The upcoming seminars are listed below. For a full listing of all CBCP training options, visit the Training Page.

Step Two: Complete Your CBCP Certification Application & Register for an Exam

U.S. International

Certification Application and Examination Fees:

  • $300 if exam is taken in conjunction with a live CBCP training seminar
  • $400 if exam is taken remotely
  • Application and examination fees are nonrefundable

Certification Renewal:

  • $300 every three years 

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Candidates wishing to take an international certification program should contact the local training provider for seminar, certification application, exam registration, and fees.

If there is not an AEE training provider in your country, AEE can present a training program for groups. For additional information, please complete this request formU.S. Military, please use this request form

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Francine Seskin
(770) 447-5083, ext. 223