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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

HBDP - High-Performance Building Design Professional Certification

ASHRAE has certified more than 2,100 professionals who have demonstrated their knowledge and expertise in the HVAC&R industry. Gain a competitive edge by earning an ASHRAE certification in high-performance building design. The HBDP certification validates competency to do the following:

Design and integrate sustainable HVAC&R systems into high performing buildings.


Value of HBDP Certification

  • Demonstrate competency in critical high-performance building design knowledge, skills and abilities,
  • Elevate your reputation among peers, in the workplace and among clients.

HBDP Registration

Earn an HBDP certification

     Check Your Eligibility.
Review the eligibility criteria on page 2 of the Candidate Guidebook to see if you are eligible to sit for the exam.

    Apply Online in Just 5 Minutes
The application fee is $415 (ASHRAE member discount - $295). After ASHRAE approves your application to sit for the exam, you will receive instructions how to schedule a computer-based test (CBT) at 1 of over 300 locations.

    Schedule Your Exam.
Testing centers are available worldwide. You must register for and take the examination within 90 days of the approval of your application.

 Get Ready to Take Your Exam

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Become more familiar with HBDP exam content and difficulty with this 30-question, Online Practice Exam.

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Step7-1.jpg Questions?
These Certification FAQs can help. Please call 678-539-1113 or email with any additional questions.


Renew your HBDP certification

    Earn 45 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Certificants are required to renew their certification every three years. The purpose of renewal is to ensure that a level of continuing competence is maintained through acceptable professional development activities in subject matter related to the certification earned. To be eligible for certification renewal, forty-five (45) Professional Development Hours (PDHs) must be earned. See a list of acceptable PDH activities. Complete recertification information can be found in the certification Candidate Guidebook.

    Submit your Recertification Application

By December 31 of the final year of your three-year certification period, submit a completed recertification application attesting to having earned 45 acceptable PDHs, together with an application fee ($125 for members, $195 for nonā€members). Apply for recertification now!