CERTIFICATION
Certification is third-party verification that an individual possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to do a job. ICB-certified professionals are recognized as the most competent, reliable and qualified in the HVAC industry.

Maintaining ICB certification requires continued compliance with the ICB Code of Conduct, which states:

Each person certified by the ICB shall practice their profession consistent with the standards and procedures applicable to the certification and the highest quality work.

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The entire certification process is outlined in the ICB Certification Manual – the #1 resource for learning about how to apply, prepare, complete and maintain certification.

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The following certifications are available

The Building Envelope Installer Technician is knowledgeable of field installation techniques for architectural sheet metal components and how they resist air, water, heat, light and noise transfer between the conditioned and unconditioned environment of a building.

The Duct Air Leakage Testing (DALT) Technician is knowledgeable in duct leakage standards and leakage testing preparation and procedures, gathers results and fills out reports, and can complete duct leakage testing in new building construction and existing buildings.

The Fire and Smoke Damper (FSD) Contractor, formerly known as the Fire Life Safety Level 1 Contractor, has a documented record of experience and a confirmed reputation for integrity and reliable performance. The FSD Contractor complies with the conditions outlined in the ICB Code of Conduct and employs certified technicians and supervisors who are required to complete continuing education units on a regular basis, ensuring their skills meet the latest industry trends.

If certified (including renewal) before August 15, 2023, the certification scope is: the Fire and Smoke Damper Supervisor oversees and coordinates the work of the Fire and Smoke Damper Technician, plans and directs testing and inspection projects from inception through completion, and ensures procedures follow requirements of applicable codes and standards.

If certified (including renewal) after August 15, 2023, the certification scope is: The Fire and Smoke Damper Supervisor oversees, coordinates, and directs the Fire and Smoke Damper Technician in the method of procedure for testing and inspection of fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire/smoke dampers in HVAC systems in accordance with applicable codes and standards.

If certified (including renewal) before August 15, 2023, the certification scope is: the Fire and Smoke Damper Technician is knowledgeable of periodic inspection procedures for fire, smoke and combination fire/smoke dampers, including procedures to conduct differential pressure measurements across, and force testing of stairwell egress doors.

If certified (including renewal) after August 15, 2023, the certification scope is: the Fire and Smoke Damper Technician performs the testing and inspection of fire dampers, smoke dampers, and combination fire/smoke dampers in HVAC systems. The Fire and Smoke Damper Technician maintains an awareness of the requirements for installation, testing, and maintenance of dampers as specified in NFPA 80 and NFPA 105.

The Fire and Smoke Damper Technician with the Stairwell Endorsement performs limited periodic testing of a single stairwell pressurization system, measures pressure differences and door-opening forces, understands the differences between dedicated and non-dedicated systems and how ambient conditions affect stairwell pressurization systems, documents the results of testing, and submits a report to the employer.

The Fume Hood Performance Testing Technician is knowledgeable about quantitative and qualitative test methods for evaluating the fume containment of chemical fume hoods as applicable to conventional, bypass, auxiliary air and VAV fume hoods.

The IAQ Contractor/Ventilation Verification has a documented record of experience and a confirmed reputation for integrity and reliable performance. The IAQ Contractor/Ventilation Verification complies with the conditions outlined in the ICB Code of Conduct and employs ICB-certified technicians and supervisors who are required to complete continuing education units on a regular basis, ensuring their skills meet the latest industry trends.

The IAQ Supervisor/Ventilation Verification oversees and coordinates the work of the IAQ Technician/Ventilation Verification, interprets observations to determine a response to IAQ issues, communicates with the customer to recommend a solution or suggest that IAQ experts be brought onto the team, ensures all testing and measurements are performed according to industry standards, and remains current with codes and ordinances in the jurisdiction where they are working.

The IAQ Technician/Ventilation Verification inspects the HVAC system and the building; takes measurements using specialized equipment; writes and submits a report for analysis and recommendations; and may make repairs when the cause of the IAQ issue is within their specialty.

 

The Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer is knowledgeable of the requirements of an employer performing acceptance test work and using certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians pertaining to the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The Mechanical Acceptance Test Level 1 Technician possesses the knowledge and skills required to perform the mechanical acceptance tests identified in Section 10-103.2(b)1.B of the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The Mechanical Acceptance Test Level 2 Technician possesses the knowledge and skills required to perform the mechanical acceptance tests identified in Section 120.5 of the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

The Smoke Control Systems (SCS) Contractor, formerly known as the Fire Life Safety Level 2 Contractor, has a documented record of experience and a confirmed reputation for integrity and reliable performance. The SCS Contractor complies with the conditions outlined in the ICB Code of Conduct and employs certified technicians and supervisors who are required to complete continuing education units on a regular basis, ensuring their skills meet the latest industry trends.

The Smoke Control Systems (SCS) Supervisor, formerly known as the Fire Life Safety Level 2 Supervisor, oversees and coordinates the work of the SCS Technician, plans and directs the testing and maintenance of smoke control systems from inception through completion, and ensures testing and maintenance of smoke control systems are performed in accordance with applicable codes and standards.

The Smoke Control Systems (SCS) Technician, formerly known as the Fire Life Safety Level 2 Technician, performs the functional testing and general required maintenance of smoke control systems; recognizes proper installation, application and usage of smoke control systems; and maintains an awareness of the testing requirements and procedures as specified in the 2018 Edition of NFPA 92.

The TABB Contractor has a documented record of experience and a confirmed reputation for integrity and reliable performance. The TABB Contractor complies with the conditions outlined in the ICB Code of Conduct; adopts and follows the TABB Customer Satisfaction Procedure; performs all work according to the SMACNA HVAC Systems Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Manual; owns all equipment and instruments specified by TABB, including maintenance of required calibration; and employs certified technicians and supervisors who are required to complete continuing education units on a regular basis, ensuring their skills meet the latest industry trends.

Effective February 2024, the written and practical TABB Supervisor exam is undergoing routine maintenance and will not be offered until further notice.

The TABB Supervisor oversees and coordinates the work of the TABB Technician and is knowledgeable of the physical properties of air, water, steam, electrical and refrigeration systems. The TABB Supervisor also prepares the final report to ensure it includes all information required by the contract documents.

Effective February 2024, the written and practical TABB Technician exam is undergoing routine maintenance and will not be offered until further notice.

The TABB Technician is responsible for testing, adjusting and balancing air and hydronic building environmental systems, which includes knowledge of airflow fundamentals, hydronic flow, refrigeration and electricity, and a familiarity with all types of HVAC equipment and systems.

The TABB Commissioning Contractor has a documented record of experience and a confirmed reputation for integrity and reliable performance. The TABB Commissioning Contractor complies with the conditions outlined in the ICB Code of Conduct and employs certified technicians and supervisors who are required to complete continuing education units on a regular basis, ensuring their skills meet the latest industry trends.

The TABB Commissioning Supervisor is knowledgeable of the various commissioning types, associated processes, commissioning steps, roles and responsibilities of the commissioning agent, and the necessary skills, qualifications, roles and responsibilities of the commissioning authority.

The TABB Sound and Vibration Contractor has a documented record of experience and a confirmed reputation for integrity and reliable performance. The TABB Sound and Vibration Contractor complies with the conditions outlined in the ICB Code of Conduct and employs certified technicians and supervisors who are required to complete continuing education units on a regular basis, ensuring their skills meet the latest industry trends.

The TABB Sound and Vibration Supervisor is knowledgeable of the basics of sound and mechanical vibration and uses techniques of measurement and analysis to create solutions to common problems in HVAC systems.

The Total Building Energy Audit Technician knows the purpose and scope of measures for expressing and comparing building energy performance and takes measurements to determine the energy performance of HVAC systems.