National Credential
Credential: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

The purpose of the Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) is to certify individuals' ability to audit and analyze residential, commercial, and industrial buildings including determining project scope, collecting data, analyzing building performance, interpreting results, evaluating alternatives, submitting recommendations for energy conservation measures, and assisting with the implementation of these recommendations. Candidates must submit a completed application and meet one of the combinations of academic and work experience requirements to be eligible to sit for the exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 91C Utilities Equipment Repairer MOS other          
Enlisted 91D Tactical Power Generation Specialist MOS other          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS some        

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 7 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
1791 Tullie Circle, N.E.
Atlanta, GA  30329
Phone: (800) 527-4723
Fax: (404) 321-5478
Contact Page

Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)

Completion of five (5) commercial (non-residential) audits, with a minimum of two (2) building use types, completed within three (3) years of applying for the exam. Verification of completion of audit will need to be included on the application for certification.

Completion of two (2) hours of safety courses taken to maintain licensing requirements, certification requirements in a related field, employer sponsored/required, or to meet state requirements will be accepted.

Pathway 1: Candidate is licensed engineer or architect with a minimum of two (2) years' experience in energy auditing.

Pathway 2: Candidate has a degree in engineering or has a five (5) or six (6) year architecture degree with a minimum of three (3) years' experience in energy auditing.

Pathway 3: Candidate has a four (4) year science, technology, math, or architecture degree with a minimum of four (4) years' experience in energy auditing.

Pathway 4: Candidate has a two (2) year technical degree or vocational training certificate in mechanical/electrical engineering technology with a minimum of four (4) years' experience in energy auditing. Military qualify under this option.

Pathway 5: Candidate has a four (4) year non-STEM degree and a minimum of five (5) years' experience in energy auditing.

Pathway 6: Candidate has a completion of high school diploma or GED and a minimum of seven (7) years' experience in energy auditing.

The Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) credential has the following other requirements:

  • As a condition of earning and maintaining certification, applicants for the Building Energy Auditor (BEAP) certification must agree to uphold and abide by a Code of Ethics, which can be found on the ASHRAE webpage.

Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)

  • Communicating With Stakeholders (5%)
    • Identify the owner’s project team.
    • Review the scope and process with the client.
  • Developing The Action Plan (7%)
    • Conduct pre-audit activities.
    • Generate preliminary list of systems and assemblies to be audited.
    • Determine audit tools and forms.
    • Determine project schedule.
    • Identify safety and access requirements of the facility.
  • Conducting Pre-Site Visit Data Collection Activities (4%)
    • Obtain utility information.
    • Obtain facility data from point of contact.
    • Gather historical weather data.
  • Collecting Data On-Site (21%)
    • Obtain information from facility staff.
    • Obtain information from facility occupants.
    • Assess the building envelope.
    • Assess building systems and components.
  • Analyzing Building Performance Data (25%)
    • Establish energy and cost baseline.
    • Establish benchmarks.
    • Disaggregate the energy end use breakdown.
  • Identifying Opportunities For Improving Building Performance (30%)
    • Identify deviations from best practices.
    • Determine energy impact of each measure.
    • Estimate implementation cost.
    • Conduct an economic analysis.
  • Producing The Deliverable (8%)
    • Write a summary audit report.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) examination:

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Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • To retain certification, each certificant must earn fifty (50) PDHs during the three year period following initial certification or the last renewal. Additional information regarding recertification can be found on the ASHRAE webpage.
  • To recertify candidate must lead, supervise, or participate in five (5) commercial (non-residential) energy audits during the certification cycle.
  • To retain certification candidate must complete two (2) hours of safety courses taken to maintain licensing requirements, certification requirements in a related field, employer sponsored/required, or to meet state requirements will be accepted.
  • Applicants for the Building Energy Auditor (BEAP) recertification must agree to uphold and abide by a Code of Ethics, which can be found on the ASHRAE webpage.