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Certified Industrial Controls Professional® Certification

The CICP® certification was developed because the world is currently facing two particularly important trends; rising fossil fuel prices and concerns about climate change. Both create strong incentives for energy conservation.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development identified buildings as one of the five main energy users, where “mega-trends” are needed to transform energy efficiency. Buildings account for 40 percent of primary energy in most countries and consumption is rising. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that for buildings, currently trends in energy demand will stimulate approximately half the energy supply investments through 2030.

Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) have the ability to save energy and improve productivity by creating a comfortable working environment. BEMS optimization create improves energy management; however, regular building audits and fine tuning are necessary to ensure the energy management is maintained.

This information is provided to explain and summarize the technical requirements to achieve the CICP® and explain why the CICP® engineers are in demand. The CICP® professionals have the technical skills and understand the strategies for implementing the necessary, hardware and software to achieve energy savings while optimizing occupants comfort. BEMS optimization is dependent on the physical plant, operator, level of controls, and zoning, as well as the type of environment to which the system is being applied. This information is targeted to internal energy savings implementation professions, looking for a resource to guide them in changing parameters, tuning building management systems and recommissioning existing systems.



    What is a CICP®


    Energy Grid infrastructures are complex. It requires a certain amount of knowledge, skill, and experience to be able to design and install a large energy infrastructure system. This is where Certified Industrial Controls Professions come in. A Certified Industrial Control Professional, or CICP®, can design a detailed energy control system for a new building or accommodate his or her design to and existing infrastructure. A CICP® follows a project the whole way through from its inception to its completion. An energy controls project that was signed off by a CICP® has much more authority, since CICP® are recognized by one of the largest manufacture of energy controls products in the world for their astute knowledge and skills. In order to become a CICP®, one has to spend years studying and working, as well as pass a comprehensive exam. This is why the help of a CI P is so important in big energy grid projects.


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    CICP® Eligibility


    To qualify for the CICP® certification, you must have:

    • At least five years of cumulative, paid, full-time work experience.
    • In two or more of the three domains (HVAC, BMS, Metering) of the CICP® Common Body of Knowledge (CBK).
    • Don’t have enough work experience yet? There are two ways you can overcome this obstacle.
    • You can satisfy one year of required experience with:
      • A four-year college degree (or a regional equivalent)

    Or, an approved credential from the CICP® Prerequisite pathway (i.e. Honeywell Niagara AX Framework Certification acceptance and couple with metering or HVAC EPA 603).

    SNMP Building Management System Certification is based on Schneider Electric BMS and Meters.

    Your second option is to take and pass the CICP® exam to earn an Associate CICP® designation. Then, you’ll have up to six years to earn your required work experience for the CICP®.



    CICP® Prerequisite


    Create an account at SNMP Technologies and Schedule Training or Exam.

    To schedule an exam, you must create a profile by clicking on create CICP® PROFILE.

    SNMP is the creator and administrator of the CICP® certification process. SNMP has a partnership with a technical college to recruit potential candidates for the CICP® profession. You will receive details on training, testing, policies, accommodations and more after we receive your profile and determine eligibility.

    Once you’ve set up your account and are ready to register, you’ll need to:

    • Complete the Examination Agreement. You agree to the truth of your assertions regarding professional experience. You also legally commit to the adherence of the CICP® Code of Ethics.
    • Review the Candidate Background Questions.
    • Pay the training and testing fees.


    Pass the Exam


    This is the day to show your greatness! You’ll have 3 hours to complete the 250 exam questions. The other requirements are that the candidate must have the HVAC EPA 608 Certification.

    You must pass the exam with a score of 70 points or greater.

    All details will be provided after reviewing your CICP® profile and application.



    CICP® Eligibility


    Let’s say you pass the exam. The what?

    Before this controls certification can be awarded, you have to:

    • Subscribe to the CICP® Code of Ethics (URL).
    • Have your application endorsed.

    Your endorsement form must be completed and signed by a CICP® Certified Professional.

    He or she needs to be an active member who can confirm your professional experience.

    CICP® can endorse you if you can’t find a certified individual.

    You have nine months from the date of exam to complete these steps. If you don’t you have to retake the exam to get certified.




Why are CICP® Certifications in Such High Demand?

Anyone who wants a large energy enterprise project implemented safely and efficiently will hire a CICP®. The average CICP® spends hundreds of hours studying HVAC, Metering and Building Management systems in order to pass the comprehensive exam for certification. In addition to studying for the test, a CICP® must also have at least five years of experience in two of three control threads metering, HVAC or controls. Candidate can also qualify with an equivalent combination of experience, approved education, and industry certifications. By the time the CICP® graduates with a certification, he or she is an essential part of every stage of the building project.

  • Beginning of the project. The CICP® knows how to make a safe and intuitive energy control infrastructure design for a large building. They also are able to evaluate how the control system will hold up over time, saving you costly changes in the future.
  • Middle of the project. The CICP® knows how to manage a project to make sure their design is installed correctly and safely. They can also make any necessary changes as different situations arise during the duration of the project.
  • End of the project.At the end of a project, and CICP® signs off to show that it was designed and installed correctly.

CICPs® are thoroughly trained to follow best practices and industry standards, which is why having a CICP® is essential on any large energy infrastructure project anywhere in the world. Additionally, a CICP® continues their education throughout their career to maintain a current working knowledge of the latest control technology.

This vendor-neutral Certification is offered by:


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Skill Level: Intermediate
Cost: $2,200

Summary: For HVAC professionals who have knowledge in the design, implementation and integration of HVAC systems and related infrastructure parts such as the room controllers/sensors.

Initial Requirements: You have a minimum of two years HVAC or Controls design experience including commercial, campus and multifamily buildings and submit 3 letters of reference. You must also complete the CICP® application and submit an application fee ($495). There is a discount for BMS or HVAC EPA 608 certified engineers.

Continuing Requirements: You must recertify every three years by obtaining a minimum of 45 CICP® continuing education credits (CICP®) of technical ITS training (within a three-year registration period after the exam is passed) Continuing education requirements for CICP® must include a conference attendance. The renewal fee is $275 for nonmembers.