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Acceptance Testing required in previous Standards Since 2005 
  • Non-residential Acceptance test (no State certification was required) 
  • Lighting and Mechanical controls

New for the 2013 Energy Standards 
  • Technicians must be certified  
  • For lighting controls and Mechanical systems
  • Acceptance Test Technician Certification Program (ATTCP)
  • Technician Employers must be certified and Technicians must be certified

Concept of “Acceptance Testing“  
Acceptance serves to determine whether specific building Guidance meets the: 
  • Standards
  • Reference Nonresidential Appendix NA7, and Nonresidential Compliance Manual Chapter 13
  • Construction documents (plans and specifications) 

Acceptance requirements ensure code
  • Compliance and promote optimization of system efficiency and performance. 

Enforcement Agency Review
Certificate of Acceptance Form Must be: 
  • Verified, Properly filled and signed 
  • Submitted for final Certificate of Occupancy 
  • Agency shall not release a final Certificate of Occupancy unless the certificate demonstrates 
  • Acceptance results are filed with enforcement jurisdiction and copy to building owner by the technician
  • Does not relieve Enforcement Jurisdiction of current field inspection duties

Why Train & Certify? 
Testing by Certified Technicians maximizes operating benefits for building owners 
  •  Saves energy and resources 
  •  Owner benefit
  • Certification promotes consistency within the industries


Who are the Lighting Technicians? 
  • Lighting Industry groups suitable for certification (with 3 years of experience): 
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Certified General Electricians 
  • BS degree in Engineering
  • Controls Installers
  • Commissioning Professionals 

The effect of acceptance testing by certified technicians will: 
  • Reduce Energy Demand during Peak Hours 
  • Provide full intended functionality of lighting systems and mechanical systems
  • Improve indoor lighting and mechanical performance 

Technician Requirements
Three requirements of the Technician:
  • Visual inspection of equipment and installation 
  • Review of certification requirements
  • Functional tests of systems and controls

Reference links

Energy Commission Hotline