Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is acceptance testing?
Acceptance Testing is process and procedure hat ensures that equipment, controls and
systems operate as required by pre-established standards.
We are already commissioning a system. How is this different?
Acceptance testing is not intended to replace the commissioning process. Acceptance
testing is a separate process that concentrates on the proper operation of specific
system components and their compliance with pre-established standards.
By ensuring that equipment, controls and systems operate as required by pre-established
standards, maximum operating efficiencies are maintained. In addition, acceptance
testing is the law!
Do technicians need to be certified?
Yes. Technicians need to pass a number of examinations in order to become certified to
conduct acceptance tests.
Do employers need to be certified?
Yes. Employers need to become certified to participate in the acceptance testing process.
Is acceptance testing optional?
No. For all projects that fall under the acceptance testing requirement umbrella, acceptance
testing is mandatory.
What happens if acceptance testing is not done when required?
The certificate of occupancy for the project will not be issued.
Do all jobs require acceptance testing? (What type of jobs fall under Title 24?)
In general, acceptance testing is required for new equipment being installed as part of a new
construction project or renovation/retrofit application.
Who are the certifying agencies or ATTCPs?
Currently RSES (Refrigeration Service Engineers Society), NEBB (National Environmental
Balancing Bureau), NEMIC (National Energy Management Institute Committee) and the California
State Pipe Trades Council are approved by the California Energy Commission as Acceptance
Test Technician Certification Providers (ATTCPs). See the
Certifying Bodies page for more
information. Additional certification providers may be accredited in the near future.