The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has developed the Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certification program in collaboration with representatives from ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient program, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the National Institute of Building Sciences, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association, and the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau.

The program will launch Feb. 2 with a pencil and paper examination in conjunction with ASHRAE’s 2011 Winter Conference and AHR Expo in Las Vegas.

The purpose of this program is to certify individuals’ ability to audit and analyze residential, commercial, and industrial buildings including determining project scope, collecting data, analyzing building performance, interpreting results, evaluating alternatives, submitting recommendations for energy conservation measures, and assisting with the implementation of these recommendations.

The pencil and paper administration of the BEAP exam will be offered at a discounted rate of $147.50 for ASHRAE members and $207.50 for non-members.

For tips on how to prepare for an ASHRAE Certification Examination, to download the BEAP Candidate Guidebook, or to complete the BEAP Application, visit ASHRAE’s Website.