National Credential
Credential: Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)

AABC Commissioning Group's (ACG), Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) certification is offered to independent building commissioning professionals to recognize competence and promote continual professional development. The CxA program serves the industry by recognizing independent building commissioning professionals who demonstrate the technical, management, and communications skills required for competent performance. ACG’s CxA certification is for industry professionals who lead, plan, coordinate and manage commissioning teams to implement commissioning processes in new and existing buildings. Candidates must meet education and experience requirements, mandatory commissioning project requirements, verification of independence, adhere to the CxA Code of Ethics and pass a written exam.

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

Renewal Period: 3 years

Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

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 12K Plumber MOS some          
Enlisted 12T Technical Engineer MOS some          
Warrant Officer 120A Construction Engineering Technician WOMOS other        

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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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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

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: 10 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

AABC Commissioning Group (ACG)
1518 K Street, NW
Washington, DC  20005
Phone: (202) 737-7775
Fax: (202) 638-4833

Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

Option 1: Candidates must have a High school diploma or GED and 10 years’ building industry experience, with 5 of those years in commissioning experience.

Building industry experience is defined as design, construction, testing and commissioning, code enforcement, and operations.

Option 2: Candidates must have an Associate/Technical/Vocational 2 year degree, non-building sciences bachelor’s degree, or equivalent military training/experience and 8 years’ building industry experience, with 5 of those years in commissioning experience.

Building industry experience is defined as design, construction, testing and commissioning, code enforcement, and operations.

Option 3: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in building sciences or equivalent military training/experience and 5 years’ commissioning experience.

Building science education is defined as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, construction science, construction management, architecture and other majors/fields of study designed to train people for careers in the building industry.

Option 4: Candidates must be a Licensed Architect or Professional Engineer and have 3 years’ commissioning experience.

The Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates must have participated in a minimum of three commissioning projects. The projects may not include one and two family residential buildings. In the span of the projects, the applicant must have participated in at least six of the following activities:
    1. Development of an OPR/CFR
    2. Development of a commissioning plan
    3. Review of a design
    4. Perform field verification
    5. Oversee performance testing
    6. Correction of deficiencies
    7. Coordination of facility operator training
    8. Prepare commissioning report
  • One of ACG’s core principles is the importance of independent, third party commissioning. Therefore, ACG will verify that the applicant’s current employer is an independent commissioning company.

    ACG defines an independent commissioning company as one that provides independent commissioning services in accordance with the ACG Commissioning Guideline, and does not also provide services that present conflicts of interest, such as manufacturing of equipment or system components, installation or other contracting, construction, or other services that could affect the ability of the applicant to render an objective commissioning report.

    Candidates and certificants who change employers during the CxA application and testing process, during the certification cycle, or at any point in the future, are required to notify the CxA Certification Department so independence can be re-verified.

  • As a condition of earning and maintaining certification, applicants for CxA certification must agree to uphold and abide by the CxA Code of Ethics. The CxA Code of Ethics is documented in the CxA Candidate Handbook and is subject to modification. It is the responsibility of the candidate and certificant to secure a copy of the most up-to-date copy online.

Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

  • Managing Commissioning Projects (18%)
    • Identify the scope of the project
    • Develop a commissioning team
    • Manage a commissioning budget
    • Identify commissioning deliverables
    • Participate in VE activities
    • Review project documents
    • Monitor the construction/project schedule
    • Participate in project meetings
    • Conduct commissioning meetings
    • Track deficiencies (issues log)
    • Facilitate risk assessment as it relates to commissioning activities
    • Assess pass/fail criteria for functional test results
    • Identify tasks for completion of commissioning processes
  • Preparing Commissioning Documentation (19%)
    • Assist in developing the OPR/CFR
    • Create system/equipment list
    • Create commissioning process tracking metrics
    • Develop the commissioning plan
    • Develop commissioning schedules
    • Develop communications plans
    • Create commissioning specifications
    • Write system verification checklists
    • Create FPTs
    • Determine site visit protocols (logistics)
    • Develop issues logs
    • Document commissioning meetings
    • Write commissioning reports
    • Create systems manuals
    • Develop end of warranty review process
  • Conducting Commissioning Activities (24%)
    • Plan commissioning construction activities
    • Monitor commissioning construction activities
    • Facilitate the completion of construction checklists
    • Facilitate the acceptance phase
  • Managing Training Activities (4%)
    • Develop training plan
    • Facilitate training coordination meeting
    • Facilitate training activities
    • Conduct training follow-up activities
  • Completing Warranty Phase Activities (5%)
    • Facilitate off-season testing
    • Troubleshoot facility issues
    • Measure energy performance
    • Facilitate end of warranty meeting
  • Conducting Existing Building Commissioning (23%)
    • Determine scope of project
    • Conduct a building performance assessment
    • Prepare a CFR
    • Conduct a systems assessment
    • Conduct a site investigation
    • Recommend corrections and improvements
    • Oversee implementation of corrective measures
    • Conduct performance verifications
  • Conducting On-Going Commissioning (7%)
    • Measure IEQ performance
    • Evaluate building systems performance
    • Review building operating plan
    • Review maintenance activities
    • Accommodate space/function changes
    • Implement corrective actions
    • Publish measurement and performance results to stakeholders

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) examination:

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Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CxA certification is valid for 3 years. Certification holders are required to earn 50 points by participating in at least one commissioning project, 25 points from the Mandatory Continuing Education section, and 25 points from the Continuing Professional Development section on the CxA Recertification Point System Matrix. Qualifying continuing education/professional development activities must be related to commissioning, and include proof of attendance from a third party.

  • Candidates must agree to uphold and abide by the CxA Code of Ethics.
  • Candidates must pay applicable annual fees and verify continued independent status on an annual basis, with updated certificates issued annually.