TEST & BALANCE CERTIFICATION
Training, education, and certification are essential to the
development of competent test and balance personnel.
AABC-CERTIFIED MEMBER AGENCY
- Once a company is approved for AABC membership by the Board of Directors and has at least one
(1) individual successfully pass the Test and Balance Engineer (TBE) exam, that agency officially becomes
an AABC-Certified Member Agency.
- An Annual Membership Certificate is issued to all member companies each year that verifies that
the agency is entitled to all rights and privileges of AABC certification, as long as the member remains
in good standing.
(Note: AABC’s individual certifications are available only to eligible employees of independent, approved AABC member companies.)
TEST AND BALANCE ENGINEER (TBE)
- All AABC member agencies must have at least one certified TBE on staff. The TBE is ultimately
responsible for overseeing technical operations of the company; reviewing and certifying test
and balance reports; and providing supervision and training of technicians.
- To be eligible for certification as a TBE, the applying individual must have a minimum of eight
(8) years test and balance experience. Applicants with engineering degrees will receive four (4)
years credit toward the experience requirement.
- The TBE examination is a rigorous, 8-hour written examination—now offered through a network
of secure, computer-based local testing centers—that tests applicants’ knowledge and technical
competence in air and hydronic systems balancing including fan and pump laws, psychrometrics
and heat transfer, electrical systems, sound and vibration testing, instrumentation and TAB
- Candidates who pass the examination are issued a TBE certification number and Annual Certificate.
- Certification is renewable on an annual basis, and is only valid while employed by an AABC member firm.
- All TBEs must accrue 60 points worth of technical continuing education credit every three (3) years to remain certified, from sources such as relevant conference sessions, webinars, and other training & education options from reputable industry organizations; and active participation in test and balance field work or report review.
TEST AND BALANCE TECHNICIAN
- AABC requires that all eligible technicians employed by member agencies be certified. Eligible technicians
are defined as those with a minimum of three (3) years test and balance experience who have
been employed by an AABC agency for the past 12 months.
- In addition, technicians must be competent in air, water, sound, and vibration testing. Technicians
must also be able to perform all work in accordance with the AABC National Standards. The final
requirement for certification is that technicians pass the required examination.
- Technicians who receive a passing score on the certification examination are issued a Technician
certification number and an Annual Certificate. Technician certification is renewable on an annual
basis, and is only valid while employed by an AABC member firm.
- Candidates for technician certification undergo intensive field training in addition to classroom
instruction. Each AABC member agency is responsible for the administration of in-house training
programs for their employees.
- All Certified Technicians must accrue 30 points worth of technical continuing education credit every three (3) years to remain certified, from sources such as relevant conference sessions, webinars, and other training & education options from reputable industry organizations; structured & documented in-house training; and active participation in test and balance field work or report review.
CLEANROOM CERTIFICATION ENGINEER
- Employees of AABC member companies must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of cleanroom
applications and testing procedures, in accordance with industry accepted standards and
- Requirements for certification include maintaining certification as an AABC TBE or Technician
and receiving a passing score on the cleanroom certification examination.