The Value in Being CCP Certified

As a Committee Member of the NW Chapter of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA), Colin Moar has quite the knowledge on the benefits of a commissioning certification. In fact, Colin contributed his thoughts on the importance of a Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP) credential in a recent post on the Building Commissioning Certification Board’s blog. Colin also sat down with Heery for a Q&A to gain his perspective of the importance of the certification.

How long have you been a member of the BCA?
I’ve been on the NW Chapter for three years, serving my second term as an at-large committee member. I represent Oregon and SW Washington BCA members on a variety of topics.

What led you to obtain a CCP Credential?
After more than 20 years of working internationally within the Commissioning Management field, I became a Certified Commissioning Professional due to the growing need to differentiate a new professional service within the construction industry. The CCP is unique among other certifications in that it was issued to me as an individual, it is designed to the highest ISO 17024 standard and is an ethical third-party endorsement of my professional knowledge and experience.

What are a few of your key accomplishments after achieving your CCP and serving as a BCA Committee Member?
In 2015, I volunteered to evaluate the piolet program to revise the CCP exam by providing knowledgeable feedback on the exam format, level of rigor and fairness of the practical assessment of right and wrong answers.  The feedback from the BCA selected-pilot candidates was well received by the Building Commissioning Certification Board (BCCB). Much of our comments were considered and are now incorporated into the new CCP examination, which complies to ANSI standards of independence and impartiality, complies with ISO 17024 and will be one of a few accepted Commissioning Qualifications acknowledged by Federal and State specifications and the new ICC Energy Code.

Additionally, in 2013 my team championed Heery International Cx teams process, procedures and achievements within the BCA and after a lengthy review and validation process we were awarded the prestigious Certified Commissioning Firm (CCF) designation in April 2014.  The CCF recognizes companies that adhere to the Industries best practices in Commissioning and have consistently demonstrated that they provide premier commissioning service to clients. Heery was one of the first companies in the Northwest to receive this designation award and are 1 of only 30 firms throughout the USA and Canada who currently hold it.

Anything else to share?
I really encourage our commissioning professionals at Heery to consider attaining a CCP certification as it provides a competitive advantage of keeping you informed on best practices in building commissioning, allowing you and the company to be innovative and forward thinking in the Industry.


Read more Colin’s BCCB post on “Why You Need a CCP Credential Now” by clicking here.