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The Building Energy Efficiency Standards help ensure that the installed equipment in nonresidential buildings is operating as designed and is in compliance with the Standards. The technician is required to review the construction plans that were approved by the building department. The technician then compares the approved plans and documentation to the actual installation and verifies that they are consistent. The technician can then proceed with the functional testing.
Yes, acceptance testing is a mandatory requirement according to the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103-B. As of October 1, 2021, acceptance testing must be done by a certified Acceptance Test Technician.
An Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider (ATTCP) is an entity that is approved by the Energy Commission to provide training, certification, and oversight services for technicians and their employers. For us it is the CSPTC or the California State Pipe Trades Council.
An Acceptance Test Technician is a Service, Start Up, Controls or Installation Technician that has been trained and certified by an Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider to perform nonresidential acceptance testing for Mechanical Systems (Title 24, Part 6, Section 120.5).
Technicians who are in good standing with their local, that have gone through the five year apprenticeship, and have met all of the prerequisites can become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician.
You must have taken and passed the Start Test and Balance Exam, the (GPRO) Green Professional Mechanical and Fundamentals Exam, the Energy Audit Exam, and the HVACR Star Mastery Exam.
There are no costs to become an ATT as long as you are employed by a signatory contractor to the CSPTC.
At the CEC Business Meeting on April 14, 2021, it was agreed that the Certification threshold has been met. As of October 1, 2021, the Title 24 mandate will be in effect.
Typically 3 years. However, once there has been a change to the California Building Energy Standards, your certified UA Training Center will notify you of any additional training and recertification.
You may find Acceptance Test Technicians (ATTs) available through Acceptance Test Employers (ATEs). Visit the NITC database linked above for an ATE in your area.
You may verify the certification status of an Acceptance Test Technician (ATT) by visiting the NITC database linked above.
Only a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician who is employed by a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer can complete the required mechanical Certificate of Acceptance forms.
Yes. All non-residential projects that have a valid mechanical permit issued require mechanical acceptance tests to verify compliance with the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. As of October 1, 2021, these tests must be performed by a certified Acceptance Test Technician.
Yes, as long as you are a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician and your firm is a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.
Yes as long as you meet the qualifications to become a certified Acceptance Test Technician and a certified Acceptance Test Employer and pass both certification exams.
An Acceptance Test Employer (ATE) is certified by an Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider. Each Acceptance Test Technician (ATT) must be employed by an ATE to participate in the program; even ATTs that are self-employed. (An ATT can also be certified as an ATE).
To perform mechanical acceptance tests you need to be trained and certified by an approved Mechanical ATTCP UA Training Center. You must take and the minimum four hour Acceptance Test Employer (ATE) training course, and pass the ATE course exam which is twenty-five questions.
The ATTCP may restrict the ATE from employing an ATT that is certified by a different ATTCP. Additionally, the ATTCP may restrict the ATE from holding certificates from multiple ATTCPs.
Yes, you will need to provide your Acceptance Test Technician certification identification number to upload the completed mechanical acceptance forms to the nonresidential data registry. You must first register with the ESCO Group at www.escodocreg.com
There is a fee to upload mechanical acceptance forms to the nonresidential data registry. The fee is set by the California Energy Commission approved Registration Provider.
Yes it is a California Building Energy Standards requirement to upload the completed mechanical acceptance forms to the nonresidential data registry. Compliance documents submitted to an approved nonresidential data registry shall be certified and signed by the applicable responsible person (§10-103).
Paper copies of the mechanical acceptance test forms may still be required by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), the general contractor, building owner, or installing mechanical contractor. However they will have access to the forms through the data registry.
The regulations require that the ATTCP review a random sample of no less than 1 percent of each technician’s completed compliance documents, and perform randomly selected on-site audits of no less than 1 percent of each ATT’s completed acceptance tests. The consequences of failed audits should be fully described by the ATTCP. ATTCPS might consider whether to require a higher percentage of document and on-site audits the first few years of operation in order to ensure that any initial issues with training or compliance are identified and addressed.
ATTCPs have the authority to decertify ATTs and ATEs based upon poor quality or ineffective work, failure to perform acceptance tests, falsification of documents, failure to comply with the documentation requirements of these regulations or other specified actions that justify decertification. If the Acceptance Test Technician (ATT) fails an audit, he or she will be decertified. He or she can reapply for certification upon completing the required mechanical ATT training classes.