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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
 

Renewal Recertification Requirements

Each Certificant is required to renew his/her certification every three years. The renewal process includes submittal of a renewal fee ($125 for members, $195 for non‐members) and evidence of earning 45 ASHRAE Continuing Education (ACE) units during each three‐year renewal period.* The three‐year renewal period starts on December 31 of the year in which the Certificant earns the certification. For example, a Certificant who earned the certification anytime in 2008 will have a renewal deadline of December 31, 2011. Individuals who fail to submit renewal fees and evidence of the required ACEs by the December 31 deadline will be considered as 'non‐renewing,' notified accordingly, and advised to cease using the specific certification designation after their names. The names of non‐renewing Certificants will be removed from the list of Certificants on ASHRAE’s website. To be reinstated, non-renewing Certificants must submit the renewal fee, a reinstatement fee ($60), and evidence of the required ACEs by December 31 of the year following their active status. After that date, non‐renewing Certificants must follow the same process as that for the initial application. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Committee.

 

Acceptable Methods of Obtaining ACE credits

Type 

Credits 

Successful completion of a course in a related field from an accredited institution of higher learning
Note: To qualify for this credit, a course must be offered regularly and must conclude with a test that sets a passing grade. 

15 ACEs per credit hour (semester system) OR
10 ACEs (quarter system) 

Patent
Note: Credit can be claimed after a patent is issued and the inventor submits details to the board. The invention must be related to engineering. 

10 ACEs

Publication of article/paper/book in recognized peer reviewed journal in relevant field (max. 3 per year).
Note: A “news” article in a technical or professional bulletin is not considered a published paper. 

10 ACEs per published item 

Active participation in a professional or technical society relevant to the field
Note: The certificant must serve as an officer and/or must actively participate in a committee of the organization. PDH credits are earned at the end of each year of service. 

2 ACEs per year per organization

Writing ASHRAE certification exam items in relevant field 

5 ACEs per exam 

Accreditation Visit Evaluator (or ASHRAE approved equivalent) 

3 ACEs per year 

Professional awards 

2 ACEs per award 

Teaching of approved courses and workshops in relevant field
Note: Teaching credit is valid for teaching a course or seminar for the first time only. It does not apply to faculty performing regular duties. 

ACEs are determined by multiplying by two (2) the total number of course hours (for preparation time). 

Attendance at meetings and conferences (e.g. National, Annual, Regional) or special conferences relevant to the field 

Qualifying seminars and workshops will be based on one ACE unit for each hour of attendance. 

Attendance and completion of approved short courses and other continued education activities in relevant field 

Qualifying seminars and workshops will be based on one ACE unit for each hour of attendance. 

*Certificants are not required to submit a report of Professional Development activities as part of certification renewal. A percentage of Certificants are randomly chosen for audit each year. If audited, a report of continuing professional development with documentation must be submitted for review.

Activities that qualify for ASHRAE’s Continuing Education units might also qualify for continuing education credits (e.g., PDHs, CEUs, or LUs) from other credentialing bodies or organizations. The individual is responsible for contacting the relevant governing body to determine whether an activity qualifies for that body’s continuing education credit.

For questions about any of the information about ASHRAE’s certification renewal requirements, including clarification of acceptable and reportable qualifying activities, please contact ASHRAE’s Certification team at certification@ASHRAE.org.