Training, education, and certification are essential to the development of competent
test and balance personnel.
AABC-Certified Member Agency
Once a company is approved for AABC membership by the Board of Directors and has
at least one (1) individual successfully pass the Test and Balance Engineer (TBE)
exam, that agency officially becomes an AABC-Certified Member Agency.
An Annual Membership Certificate is issued to all member companies each year that
verifies that the agency is entitled to all rights and privileges of AABC certification,
as long as the member remains in good standing.
Test and Balance Engineer
All AABC member agencies must have at least one certified TBE on staff. The TBE
is ultimately responsible for overseeing technical operations of the company; reviewing
and certifying test and balance reports; and providing supervision and training
To be eligible for certification as a TBE, the applying individual must have a minimum
of eight (8) years test and balance experience. Applicants with engineering degrees
will receive four (4) years credit toward the experience requirement.
The TBE examination is a rigorous, 8-hour written examination that tests applicants'
knowledge and technical competence in air and water balance, sound and vibration
testing, fan and pump laws, instrumentation and psychometrics.
Candidates who pass the examination are issued a TBE certification number and Annual
Certification is renewable on an annual basis, and is only valid while employed
by an AABC member firm.
Test and Balance Technician
AABC requires that all eligible technicians employed by member agencies be certified.
Eligible technicians are defined as those with a minimum of three (3) years test
and balance experience who have been employed by an AABC agency for the past 12
In addition, technicians must be competent in air, water, sound, and vibration testing.
Technicians must also be able to perform all work in accordance with the AABC National
Standards. The final requirement for certification is that technicians pass the required examination.
Technicians who receive a passing score on the certification examination are issued
a Technician certification number and an Annual Certificate. Technician certification
is renewable on an annual basis, and is only valid while employed by an AABC member
Candidates for technician certification undergo intensive field training in addition
to classroom instruction. Each AABC member agency is responsible for the administration
of in-house training programs for their employees.
Employees of AABC member companies must be able to demonstrate their knowledge of
cleanroom applications and testing procedures, in accordance with industry accepted
standards and practices.
Requirements for certification include maintaining certification as an AABC TBE
or Technician and receiving a passing score on the cleanroom certification examination.