ASHRAE’s first certification program is now available in testing centers in 22 countries. The certification, Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP), is a computer-based examination that tests an applicant’s mastery of a body of knowledge.


ASHRAE’s first certification program is now available in testing centers in 22 countries. The certification, Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP), is a computer-based examination that tests an applicant’s mastery of a body of knowledge.

“An indoor environment that is safe, comfortable and enhances productivity at minimum impact to the environment is a basic need throughout the globe,” Richard Hayter, chair of ASHRAE’s Certification Committee, said. “One way by which ASHRAE addresses that need is through its certification programs."

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the exam is now offered in Australia, China, Egypt, Guam, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

Applicants first apply for the examination through ASHRAE, and if they meet the certification qualifications, register for the examination at a testing center.

ASHRAE’s certification program identifies individuals who have mastered a body of knowledge covering successful design and operation of health care facilities. Future certifications are planned for sustainable facility design, commissioning, and O&M.
   
The technical content for the HFDP exam was developed in cooperation with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). Membership in ASHRAE is not required to participate. A list of recommended resources on health care  facility design from ASHRAE and other sources is available. For more information, visit www.ashrae.org/certification.