Return on Investment of a CCP

Return on Investment of a CCP

By Tim O’Neill, PE, CCP

Our firm provides commissioning services throughout the Pacific Northwest. We place a high value on the Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) certification administered by the Building Commissioning Certification Board (BCCB).  We believe that when our employees obtain this industry-recognized certification they immediately become more marketable, which positively affects our company’s bottom line. Approximately 40% of our current commissioning staff has earned the CCP certification. We regularly encourage other employees to pursue certification (to the point where our formal employee evaluation process includes the goal of becoming a CCP).

Why do we hold the CCP in such high regard? We have determined there is a direct return on investment when an employee holds the CCP certification.  Through the CCP certification process, the Building Commissioning Certification Board (BCCB) independently verifies an individual’s competency and experience.  Achievement of the credential demonstrates a commitment to the industry.  Building owners understand the value of this vetting process and increasingly we see Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) for Commissioning Providers that include the CCP as a key selection criterion.  Our own-staff CCPs qualify our firm to respond to more RFQs, which subsequently results in increased revenue.

As of July 1, 2016, the Washington State Energy Code, Commercial Provisions, requires that the code-prescribed commissioning process be led by an individual who is certified by an organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012. Since the BCCB is ANSI accredited, an individual with a CCP meets this requirement.  We currently plan to certify an additional 30% or our Commissioning Providers within the next few months in order to meet the new state code requirement.

If you are looking to bring your staff up to the next level of verifiable professional knowledge, consider having them pursue the Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) designation. Information on the certification process can be found at http://bccbonline.org/ccp/