Building Performance Institute, Inc (BPI)

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional


Credential: Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Building Performance Institute, Inc (BPI)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional certification is intended for those individuals who optimize the installation, operation and maintenance, as well as, measure and verify the performance of refrigerant based mechanical systems, either heating or cooling type, and address their interaction with other building systems, from a building science perspective. BPI strongly recommends that a candidate seek training and have some experience in the building performance industry before attempting any BPI certification designations. There are no training, education, or experience requirements to sit for the exams. Candidates must pass a written exam and a field exam.

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

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

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

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Building Performance Institute, Inc (BPI)

107 Hermes Road, Suite 210
Malta, NY  12020

Phone: (877) 274-1274

Fax: (866) 777-1274
Contact Page

Written Exam

  • Building Science (Intermediate) (15%)
    • Basic Terms & Definitions (to comprehend and use)
  • A/C & Heat Pump Systems and their interaction with other building systems (Intermediate) (15%)
    • Principles of Energy, Air & Moisture
    • Combustion Science
    • Building Components
    • Conservation Strategies
    • Comprehensive Building Assessment Process
    • Design Considerations
  • Measurement and Verification of Building Performance (Intermediate Knowledge and Application) (20%)
    • Applied Diagnostics & Troubleshooting
    • Tools and Equipment
  • BPI National Standards and Project Specifications (Intermediate Knowledge and Application) (20%)
    • Comprehensive Building Assessment
  • Optimizing the Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems (Fundamentals/Application) (25%)
    • Comprehensive Building Assessment
    • Appliances and Lighting
  • Health & Safety (Fundamentals) (5%)
    • Conservation Strategies
    • Comprehensive Building Assessment

Practical Exam

  • A/C & Heat Pump Systems and their interaction with other building systems (Intermediate) (35%)
  • Measurement and Verification of Building Performance (Intermediate Knowledge and Application) (25%)
  • Optimizing the Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Building Systems (Fundamentals/Application) (40%)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional credential has the following recertification information:

  • Individuals who have earned 0-9 CEUs must successfully complete a 100-question online exam for the first designation and a 50-question online exam for each additional designation. Individuals who have earned 10-29 CEUs must successfully complete a 50-question online exam for each designation. Individuals who have earned 30 or more CEUs are not required to take the written exam.
  • Individuals renewing at the 3 and 6 year interval and who wish to bypass the field exam requirement must have proof of a minimum of 3,000 hours of relevant experience within the past three (3) years related to the designation being renewed. Individuals who do not have proof of experience must retake the field exam. Individuals renewing at the 9 year interval or thereafter are not required to retake the field exam.

Additional considerations for the Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional include:

  • While no formal experience is necessary to participate in most exams, BPI strongly recommends that candidates seek training from an independent training organization and have some experience in the building performance industry before attempting any BPI certification designations.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

COOL Bucks

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COOL Summary

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

Promotion Points

This certification has been approved for promotion points.

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Star

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 improves the MOS technical proficiency.

Skill Level

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Navy Bucks

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill. Click for external link to GI Bill licensing and certification information.

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ANSI

This credential has been accredited by ANSI. Click for external link to the ANSI web site.

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ICAC

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ABSNC

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NCCA

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IAS

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

MOS is Military Occupational Specialty
ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
AOC is Area Of Concentration Officer

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NKO e-learning

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Updated: December 03, 2019
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