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.
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 project management.
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 50 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 25 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 practices.
Requirements for certification include maintaining certification as an AABC TBE or Technician and receiving a passing score on the cleanroom certification examination.
An independent Testing and Balancing Agency certified by the AABC shall be engaged to Test and Balance the HVAC systems. Systems shall be balanced to plus/minus 10% of design requirements. The contractor shall place all systems and equipment into full operation for Testing and Balancing. One copy of the final Test and Balance report with the AABC National Performance Guaranty shall be sent directly to the engineer of record. Provide five (5) additional copies to the contractor.
AIA-Format LONG-FORM SPECIFICATION
Section 230593 – TESTING, ADJUSTING AND BALANCING FOR HVAC