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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 51,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.
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Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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Education & Certification

Building Energy Assessment Professional Certification

ASHRAE has certified more than 1,700 professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the HVAC&R industry. Discover how you can achieve a competitive edge by earning an ASHRAE certification.



Maintain your competitive edge with certification as a …

Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)


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  • Separate yourself from your peers
  • Increase your credibility with employers and clients
  • Advance in your profession
  • Demonstrate your commitment to your profession
  • Use as a springboard for ongoing professional development
BEAP Registration

The BEAP certification is integral to ASHRAE’s building energy labeling program. More information about Building Energy Quotient is available at buildingenergyquotient.org.

Congratulations to February's BEAP Earners
Shane Hamilton
Kristina Moores
Paul Overy
Brandon White



View a complete list of certified BEAP professionals >

Showcase Your Expertise with a Certification as a Building Energy Assessment Professional

Download this brochure to see and share the benefits you’ll receive as a result of your certification.

For example, as a certified BEAP you are automatically qualified to conduct bEQ assessments as a bEQ Certified Provider. Earning and maintaining an ASHRAE Certification shows an individual has met rigorous eligibility requirements, passed an examination measuring their understanding of the respective body of knowledge, and for those who have already passed the examination, kept their understanding current though professional development.

What it means to be a bEQ Certified Provider

For further information on this and other ways an ASHRAE certification will enhance your professional portfolio download our helpful brochure.


Steps to earn a BEAP certification

    Read the Guidebook.
The Guidebook is available as a free PDF download and contains important information related to the examination, eligibility requirements, and available resources for the BEAP program. Download your copy here.

    Complete the Simple Application.
The BEAP examination is $415 ($295 for ASHRAE members). After ASHRAE approves your application, you will receive information about how to register for the BEAP examination.

    Register for the exam within 90 days.
Testing centers are available worldwide. In the U.S., most testing centers are in H&R Block offices. You must register for and take the examination within 90 days of the approval of your application.

Take the Practice Exam
The first online practice exam for the Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification has launched.


Steps to maintain your BEAP certification

    Stay current with ASHRAE Continuing Education.
To maintain your BEAP certification, you must have completed 45 professional development hours that meet the ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACEs) guidelines in the three (3) years following the year in which either you initially earned the certification or you last renewed it. The ACEs must be directly related to energy assessments. Online courses are available each spring and fall and onsite courses are available throughout the year including at ASHRAE’s Annual and Winter conferences. See a list of the currently scheduled courses here

    Renew your certification

  • All ASHRAE certifications are issued for a period of three years and expire on December 31 of the third year.
  • Certified Professionals have a twelve-month grace period after expiration to submit a renewal application.
  • Forty-five professional development hours that meet the ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACEs) guidelines.
  • Documentation of ACEs does not need to be submitted with renewal application but should be retained. Random audits are conducted to monitor compliance.
  • Find more detailed information about renewal requirements.

    Earn ASHRAE Continuing Education Hours by writing exam items.
ASHRAE is providing an opportunity for persons who are certified to draft items for use on each of the six certification exams. Items must be submitted for the certification(s) held by the person submitting. Writing exam items allows people who currently hold one or more of the ASHRAE credentials to earn up to five (5) ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACE) units toward renewal of that certification by submitting 10 draft exam items. Items must follow the format provided in the current AMP Item Writing Guide for Certification. Access the Online Item Writing Form.


Information to help you get ready to take the exam


Key Resources

ASHRAE Certifications test candidates’ understanding of a body of knowledge. For the BEAP exam, the following ASHRAE publications are recommended for study.

ASHRAE Publications
ASHRAE Standards

BEAP Related Resources

Other available resources detailing the broad body of knowledge are available.

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