The AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) is an independent, non-profit association dedicated to the advancement of professional, independent 3rd party commissioning and energy management services through education, training, and certification of qualified individuals to act as Certified Commissioning Authorities (CxAs), Certified Commissioning Technicians (CxTs), and Energy Management Professionals (EMPs). ACGs goals and objectives are based on advocating independence for firms providing commissioning services. ACG continues to promote a better understanding of the commissioning process through education, training, and certification of qualified, independent commissioning and energy management providers. Through ACG, building owners have access to certified, independent commissioning authorities and energy management professionals.
The fundamental principles guiding ACG include independence, certification, and training and education:
Independence: All members must be independent of general and installing contractors, manufacturers of equipment or system components, or other entities that could affect the ability of the member to render an independent commissioning report.
Certification: Applicants for certification must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the commissioning or energy management process, and demonstrate their ability to provide professional commissioning services in accordance with the ACG Commissioning Guideline or the ACG Energy Management Guideline.
Training and Education: ACG is committed to providing training and education for its members and the industry. In addition to developing technical and process guidelines and certification programs, the association sponsors workshops and conferences focused on commissioning and energy management.
The ACG Commissioning Authority (CxA) must be employed by an agency that employs at least one Registered Architect, Professional Engineer or Certified Test and Balance Engineer. The applicant agrees to perform work in accordance with the ACG Commissioning Guideline and must abide by the Bylaws and Policies and Procedures of the ACG. The CxA must pass the CxA examination and demonstrate that the applicant is proficient in commissioning process. Certification is renewable on an annual basis, and is only valid while employed by an ACG member agency.