A program to certify health care facility design professionals was launched by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

The first examination to earn the credential was to be held June 28 in Long Beach, Calif., immediately following ASHRAE’s annual meeting. Subsequent examinations will be given online at testing facilities nationwide.

“An ASHRAE certification will let employers know that the certification earner has mastered a significant body of knowledge in a specific aspect of HVACR design, as determined by industry professionals in that field and has met specified eligibility requirements,” said ASHRAE President Terry Townsend. “Firms who employ ASHRAE-certified engineers will be better able to promote their services. This is an invaluable benefit to ASHRAE members to help them stand out from the competition.”

The technical content for the certification exam was developed in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering. ASHRAE will work with other industry organizations to develop additional certification programs dealing with sustainability, commissioning, and building operations and management.

Persons interested in earning the certification must meet certain eligibility requirements and submit an application. Membership in ASHRAE is not required to participate.

The first offering June 28 was to consist of a two-hour, multiple-choice, 100-question written exam. Participants are expected to receive their scores within six weeks. Each exam program will have its own re-certification or renewal requirements, potentially including such professional-development activities as attending meetings or taking courses sponsored by ASHRAE and other organizations.

Optional resources, such as online sample exam questions, are available to help candidates prepare for the exam. For more information, visit www.ashrae.org/certification