Become a subject matter expert on a commissioning team or lead a team in a building construction project that requires enclosure commission by completing a Building Enclosure Commissioning Certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Is this program right for you?

The building enclosure is often the most expensive part of a new building, as well as the most difficult and costly to correct after construction. You can make an impact on your commissioning team with a Building Enclosure Commissioning Certificate from UW-Madison’s Department of Engineering Professional Development.


Whether you specialize in building enclosures and building science, or lead a commissioning team with building enclosure responsibilities, a certificate can improve your qualifications and ability to submit bids. All certificate earners take a 3-day course and sit for an examination. Because the course and exam can be completed in just a few days, it’s a convenient option for busy working professionals.


You will have the opportunity to earn up to 2 certificates, depending on your specific interests and score on the final exam. The first certificate option is the Accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP), which recognizes a technical expert in building enclosures and building science. The second certificate option is the Accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE), which recognizes a leader of a Commissioning Process team with sufficient building enclosure knowledge to manage a project that includes enclosures.


Certificate earners typically include all types of commissioning and building enclosure professionals, as well as architects, engineers, operations and maintenance personnel, developers, and contractors.


As part of each certificate, you’ll learn the key building enclosure requirements, fundamentals of building science, and typical challenges not only from expert instructors, but also from your peers in the course. The building enclosure commissioning process is based on National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) guidelines. The Building Enclosure Commissioning Certificates allow you to gain key knowledge and distinguish yourself in the commissioning industry.


What you Learn

  • Gain knowledge of the building enclosure commissioning process based on NIBS and ASHRAE guidelines including building enclosure design requirements, architectural details and interfaces, test methods, common problems and how to avoid them
  • Gain a basic understanding of building science
  • Develop an appreciation for the relative importance of different barrier systems

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • 3-day face-to-face course in Madison
  • Pass the Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Exam

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