If you need to update your HVAC system, see how professionals with ASHRAE’s new HVAC Designer certification can help

by Brianna Crandall — April 12, 2019 — Global sustainable building technology society ASHRAE recently announced that applications for the new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification are now open. Worldwide computer-based testing opens June 3, 2019.

Mark Fly, P.E., chair of the exam subcommittee, explained:

For a long time, the certification committee had suspected an HVAC Designer certification would serve the needs of members, but the “Industry Needs” survey data emphasized just how much need and demand there are. Launching a new certification program is a commitment, but we’re confident this is an investment from which ASHRAE members and their employees will benefit.

The CHD exam blueprint and eligibility requirements, which have been approved by the ASHRAE Certification Committee, can be found in the CHD Candidate Guidebook.

The Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification validates competency of the HVAC Designer, working under the responsible charge of an engineer, to design HVAC systems to meet building/project requirements, including:

  • Load calculations
  • Equipment selection and sizing
  • Mechanical equipment room design
  • Duct and piping design
  • Layout for the development of HVAC plans for permit and construction

The exam follows a 2018 industry-wide job analysis study with data that was gathered from more than 1,200 respondents from over 60 countries. The CHD application is currently open, with a practice exam launching May 1.

For more information, visit ASHRAE’s CHD — Certified HVAC Designer webpage.