Five Minute Meal or First Class Cuisine?

by Ryan S. Lean, PE, LEED AP, CCP Associate Partner Jaros, Baum & Bolles


Quick. Easy. Painless.

All good adjectives when you’re about to embark on a new recipe. Not as much when you describe commissioning professional certifications to your peers or Clients.

Those were the exact words in conversation that were expressed to me by a bright-eyed and eager new commissioning provider describing why he opted for a certification other than the Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) as offered by the Building Commissioning Certification Board (BCCB).

There is a reason that the BCCB Board members, staff and other volunteers spend countless hours developing the application, questions, policies and procedures associated with the CCP exam. It is certainly not to claim exaggerated certification statistics. And it is not intended to be quick, easy and painless.

The approved CCP applicant depicts an individual who has the capacity to walk on to a project and make a difference. It represents dedication over a number of years managing and delivering commissioning projects. It represents a Commissioning Provider who has the Client’s best intentions in mind. It represents value.

The CCP exam is, in fact, overwhelmingly fair to those knowledgeable in the best practices of commissioning, written and developed by your peers. And those responsible for updating the exam keep it ever-changing in order to stay present in the whole building commissioning industry.

The BCCB has made great strides in the last twelve months, including being the first commissioning certification to have received both ANSI accreditation and official recognition by the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.

This is still the only certification offered by an organization that dedicates itself to the building commissioning industry. That is the truth. And sometimes hard to believe. We are still the only organization dedicated to nothing else but advancing the commissioning industry. Who do you really want to be associated with?

They say anything worth doing is worth doing well. That’s not always easy. So should you – or your clients – settle for that five-minute meal?