FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Obtaining NEBB certification is a complex process and prospective candidates often have many questions to ask.

NEBB Certification falls into three main types:

  • NEBB Certified Professional
  • NEBB Certified Company
  • NEBB Certified Technician

 

Here are some frequently asked questions...

 

What is the difference between a professional and a technician?

The following is a generalised listing of differences in skills and / or responsibilities between a professional and a technician:

Professionals

  • Develop and plan the work.
  • Handle report preparation.
  • Recommend corrective action.
  • Set overall safety plan.
  • Maintain instruments & calibration program.
  • Have experience w/control strategies, sequence of operation, control systems, equipment and software.
  • Review, check, sign and stamp final report.

 

Technicians

  • Implement and perform the work.
  • Possess basic knowledge of report forms.
  • Identify problems.
  • Comply with common safety practices.
  • Use instrumentation properly.
  • Have a basic knowledge of controls.
 
Where can I purchase NEBB technical manuals?

All NEBB Technical publications are available for purchase through your local NEBB chapter, contact your local chapter for details. A range of publications are kept in stock in Australia, for others that must be ordered in from NEBB USA allow approx. 3 weeks from time of order to delivery.

 

What are the NEBB TAB Company Certification Requirements?

In order to become NEBB-TAB certified a company must:

  • Have operated for a minimum period of 12 months continuously with full time employees as an installing piping contractor; installing sheetmetal contractor; installing mechanical contractor; or contractor engaged in TAB work.
  • Enjoy a reputation for integrity and responsible performance. Six letters of endorsement, five from consulting engineers, architects or building owners and the sixth may be from a contracting company. All should reflect related work that the applicant company has completed.
  • Be affiliated and in good standing with a local NEBB chapter.
  • Possess the various TAB instruments (listed on the NEBB National website) which are required for the category of certification sought. The local NEBB Chapter must visually confirm compliance.
  • Confirm in writing that it will conform to the NEBB guidelines for the calibration and maintenance of the TAB instruments required for the category of certification sought.
  • Possess the current NEBB Procedural Standards for Testing, Adjusting and Balancing of Environmental Systems and appropriate NEBB reporting forms.
  • Designate in writing one or more professionals who will represent the firm and be responsible for the supervision of TAB work.

 

What are the various disciplines of NEBB certification?

The disciplines which are offered for NEBB certification are:

  • Testing Adjusting and Balancing of Air and Hydronic Systems (TAB)
  • Cleanroom Performance Testing (CPT)
  • Building Systems Commissioning (BSC)
  • Fume Hood Testing (FHT)
  • Retro Commissioning
Sound and Vibration Measurement(S&V)

 

What are the TAB recertification requirements?

Every two years, the local NEBB chapter must verify continued compliance with NEBB certification requirements for each certified company, as follows:

  • The company must own the instruments required for TAB certification which had been accepted or their replacements.
  • The company must submit records to verify their conformance with NEBB guidelines for calibration and maintenance of required TAB instruments.
  • The company must confirm in writing that they employ their designated professional(s) full time who previously met the NEBB requirements for TAB qualification.
  • The company must verify in writing that their designated professional(s) has attended at least six hours of approved TAB seminars or refresher courses.

 

What happens if our Certified Professional leaves?

A company's certification will automatically be suspended when the company no longer meets all of the NEBB certification requirements. The certification of a suspended company may be reinstated by NEBB at such time as it again meets the requirements for certification. The period of suspension may be no longer than 12 months at which time the company will automatically lose its certification.

A certified company must notify the local NEBB chapter in writing within 10 days of the temporary or permanent loss of their designated qualified professional.

 

Why should I become a NEBB Professional?

NEBB establishes internationally recognised standards for disciplines that it has established. Maintaining these standards is the joint responsibility of each NEBB certified company and its qualified professional. NEBB companies provide vital services to our communities. Accepting NEBB qualification infers an obligation to provide competent service in a professional and ethical manner. Becoming a NEBB Certified Professional is an honour and responsibility you cannot take lightly. It also means you belong to a select group of the best in the business.

 

What do I need to become a NEBB certified professional?

To become a NEBB certified professional, you must:

  • Be employed by your company on a full-time basis.*
  • Be employed by a NEBB certified company or by a company applying for NEBB certification.
  • Be in a management position within your company.
  • Meet all educational and experience requirements.
  • Pass NEBB Certified Professional written examination.
  • Pass NEBB Practical examination.
  • Agree to abide by and support the policies and procedures established by NEBB.

*If your company is already NEBB certified and has a full time NEBB certified professional any additional professional may work less time than full time, but may not work for any other company.

 

What is a "management position"?

An individual in a management position may be:

  • the proprietor of the company
  • an active partner of the company
  • an officer in a company, or may have "Project Responsibility" designated by the company. For this purpose "Project Responsibility" consists of the following: Having authority to supervise company personnel at the job site
  • Having authority to schedule, coordinate and supervise company subcontractors for the project
  • Having authority to represent the company at job meetings to the extent of committing the company to the expenditure of funds, negotiating variations, commiting to contract interpretations and changes to job schedules.

 

What are the educational/experience requirements for TAB professionals?

You must meet all of the requirements in one of the following categories: (Note: all education and experience requirements listed in each category must be fulfilled consecutively.)

  • Hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university, and have a minimum of an additional two years supervisory experience in Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB) in the HVAC industry.
  • Hold an Associates Degree in Engineering Technology from an accredited institution, and have a minimum of an additional four years of supervisory experience in TAB in the HVAC industry.
  • Have a minimum of four years of TAB experience, and have a minimum of an additional four years of supervisory experience in TAB in the HVAC industry.
  • Have a minimum of four years of HVAC related experience (which could include accredited apprenticeship), and have a minimum of two years of TAB experience and have a minimum of four years of supervisory experience in TAB in the HVAC industry.

 

What are the requirements for other NEBB disciplines?

Requirements for Building Systems Commissioning, Clean Room, and Sound and Vibration are similar but slightly different. For more information, check the NEBB National website at www.nebb.org.

Where and when can I sit the examinations?

NEBB Australia usually provides two written examination opportunities each year usually in March and September. These examinations are facilitated by the local chapters and held at locations as required. All NEBB certified companies and registered study candidates will be notified well in advance.

 

Is there any training available to prepare for the examinations?

Yes, the chapters do offer "refresher course" which consists of revision sessions in the three areas, fundamentals, air and hydronics, in the days leading up to the examination. All registered examination candidates, study candidates and certified supervisors will be notified of the dates. Another useful way to study for the examination is to undertake the NEBB Home Study Course, as upon successful completion, a candidate will have a clear understanding of the skills necessary to successfully complete the certification examination.

 

What is the NEBB TAB Home Study Course?

The Home Study Course is aimed at broadening and improving the professional capabilities of persons who have educational and technical experience with TAB work. It is a self regulated course and therefore requires a disciplined approach for successful completion. Study Groups which meet on a regular basis for people working through the Home Study Course are currently available in Sydney and Melbourne. Purchase of the Home Study Course is via your local NEBB chapter.

Please note that the Home Study Course in Optional* and that Successful completion of the course does not qualify you for Certification. Written and Practical examinations must still be completed.

*The Home Study Course must be completed as preparation for re-examination, should a candidate fail to pass the supervisors certification examination.

 

What if I fail the examinations?

If you fail one or more sections of the written examination, as preparation for reexamination, you must complete the Home Study Course with a passing grade. If you fail one or more sections of the written examination after completing the NEBB Home Study Course, you may repeat the examination without taking another course of study.

If you fail any section of the written examination you need only resit those sections you failed.

If you fail the practical examination, you may retake the failed section after a minimum 6 month waiting period.

 

How do I maintain professional qualification?

Once you are qualified, in order to maintain your NEBB Certified Professional status you must:

  • Attend approved re-qualification seminars or equivalent totalling 12 hours over a two year period.
  • Assure that your company's instrument inventory is complete and that instruments are in current calibration as required by NEBB Procedural standards, current edition

 

Why did NEBB develop a TAB Technician Qualification Program?

Basically, because NEBB's companies wanted it and the industry demands it. Since 1971, it has been the intent and purpose of NEBB to certify firms and qualify persons for the purpose of performing necessary tests and inspections of building environmental systems. The TAB program qualifies supervisory personnel who possess both management and field expertise in this area. The qualification program for technicians has been established as a natural progression of NEBB's original purpose. This qualification program is intended to enhance NEBB's stature with owners and designers, while promoting the professional integrity of NEBB's certified companies. It will also allow NEBB - certified TAB firms, which employ these technicians, to bid and perform on projects that specify the requirement for qualified technicians.

 

How can I become a NEBB TAB Certified technician?

To become a NEBB TAB certified technician you must meet all NEBB eligibility requirements as detailed below and successfully complete the NEBB Technician Qualification examinations.

 

What are the eligibility requirements for a technician?

A TAB certified company, who is in good standing with NEBB, must currently employ the candidate. The candidate must demonstrate competency, reliability, cooperativeness, sound judgement, high ethical standards, and the ability to work independently in a safe, professional manner.

The candidate must also satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • Successful completion of the NEBB TAB Technician Homes Study Course AND must also have at least two years employment with a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented TAB fieldwork experience each year within the last two years.
  • Four years employment with a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented TAB fieldwork experience each year within the last four years.
  • Provide documentation of having completed a program (other than the NEBB program), which is acceptable to NEBB on an individually approved basis. If a candidate has completed a program other than the NEBB previously approved programs, the candidate must include all relevant information concerning that program with his application.

 

Where and when can I sit the technician examinations?

NEBB technician examinations are administered by NEBB Australia and can be offered on an ad hoc basis.  When a technician feels ready to undertake the examinations they should contact NEBB Australia.  When sufficient numbers are ready a date will be confirmed.

What is the NEBB Technician Home Study Course?

The Home Study Course is aimed at broadening and improving the professional capabilities of persons who have technical experience with TAB work. It is a self regulated course and therefore requires a disciplined approach for successful completion.

Please note that the Home Study Course in Optional* and that Successful completion of the course does not qualify you for Certification. Written and Practical examinations must still be completed.

*The Home Study Course must be completed as preparation for reexamination, should a candidate fail to pass the technicians certification examination on more than one occassion.

 

How do I maintain technician qualification?

Once you are qualified, in order to maintain your NEBB Qualified technician status you must:

  • Continue employment with a NEBB certified company and have a minimum of 1,000 hours of documented TAB fieldwork experience each year.
  • Keep dues current