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.
Why do we need to do it?
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.