The GOHP Certification is presented by:
Government Operator of High Performance Buildings
The GOHP training and certification program is an expansion of existing industry recognized training programs and is a collaboration of AFE and AEE. The GOHP training is designed to provide energy management, sustainability and operations and maintenance training for government personnel and contractors operating Government High Performance Buildings.
This course will assist Building Operators and Facility Managers in operating buildings in accordance with industry best practices and standards, reducing energy consumption and costs, improving the working environment, and reducing the environmental impacts of government facilities.
The GOHP Certification examination confirms core competencies necessary for facility management and operations of government high performance buildings.
To raise the professional standards of those engaged in the operation and maintenance of government high performance buildings.
To improve the practice of high performance buildings by encouraging professionals to partake in a continuing education program of professional development in high performance building operations and maintenance.
To identify persons with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of high performance buildings through completing the certification and fulfilling prescribed standards of performance and conduct.
To award special recognition to those energy professionals who have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical fitness in high performance building operations.
GOHP Eligibility Requirements
The candidate for GOHP certification must meet one of the following criteria:
|High school diploma/GED
||3+ years of experience in facility management, sustainability or operations/maintenance of commercial, industrial, and government buildings
|1 year or technical school or college
||2+ years of experience in facility management, sustainability or operations/maintenance of
commercial, industrial, and government buildings
|Bachelor's degree, Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA)
||1+ years of experience in facility management, sustainability or operations/maintenance of
commercial, industrial, and government buildings
The Required Body of Knowledge
The effective practice of energy and sustainability requires in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of subjects. However, the candidate need only demonstrate the knowledge and ability to apply the essentials of building energy and sustainability to the satisfaction of the certification board.
Gaining the GOHP Designation
To be awarded the GOHP designation, candidates must attend the Fundamentals of Facility Management for Government High Performance Buildings Seminar prior to taking the GOHP exam. A minimum pass rate of 70% on the examination is required. The certification director keeps examination scores on file for a period of three years. Applicants that do not receive certification status can request that their applications be resubmitted to the GOHP Board, if during that three-year period their exam score, education or experience level changes.
The GOHP Examination
The examination will be administered by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Each applicant must complete the written exam. The applicant is given four hours to complete the exam. Dates and locations are determined by the GOHP Board. Candidates are notified of this information by the GOHP Director. The examination questions are based on concepts and experiences basic to high performance buildings for government operators from recognized tests and supplemental reading. The exam is open book!
A certification administrator will proctor the examination. This administrator may be an AEE executive, an educator, a testing expert or agency, or whomever the certification board deem appropriate. The certification will consist of multiple choice questions.
Grading is accomplished by the GOHP Director. Examinations are identified by number rather than by the candidate's name to assure confidentiality and objective grading.
High Performance Rating Systems and Energy Auditing
- The need for high performance buildings
- Energy audits
- Energy management programs/policies
- Energy measurement instrumentation
- Sustainable green buildings
- Green Globes
- LEED Building Rating Systems
- ASHRAE Standard 189.1
Improving Maintenance and Operating Procedures for Lighting
- Lighting basics
- Lighting design
- Lighting maintenance
- Lighting assessments
- Newest opportunities
- Lighting controls
- Lighting life cycle costs
- Case examples / calculations
Operation and Maintenance Practices for High Performance Government Buildings
- Building upon basic policies
- Building HVAC systems
- High performance building technologies
- Communicating O&M needs to senior management
- Understand / benchmark energy use
- Best practices
Operating Boilers, Chillers, Motors and Drives for High Performance
- HVAC systems
- Electric motors and drives
- Water heating
- Energy management and controls
- Operation and maintenance opportunities
- Basics of commissioning and retrocommissioning
- The retro-existing building process
- Commissioning team
- The retrocomissioning process
- Persistence of benefits
MIKE COWLEY, CPMM has over 30 years of hands-on experience in the production maintenance and facility engineering fields, including extensive involvement in all aspects of facility management.
SCOTT DUNNING, Ph.D., P.E., C.E.M., is a professor and director of the University of Maine School of Engineering Technology, and is widely recognized as a national expert in energy efficiency principles and practices.
LARRY ROSS, CPE, CPMM has broad facilities management experience as senior director of engineering for Erickson Living. He is chairman of the Professional Development Committee for AFE.
MICHELE STEZELBERGER, P.E., CPE serves as commissioning project manager at Kibart, Inc., where she manages commissioning efforts on over twenty current projects.
Locations & Dates
Washington, DC / September 10-13, 2012
Hilton Washington Dulles Airport: (703) 478-2900
Note: Below are standard seminar hours. Please refer to your registration confirmation letter to confirm actual seminar hours for the program for which you have registered.
Sign-in and Onsite Registration Day 1: 8:00 am
Seminar Hours Day 1: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Seminar Hours Days 2 through 4: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Exam on Day 5 Following Seminar: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
(separate pre-application required to sit for exam)
Note: Fees below are for seminar only. Application for GOHP certification and exam requires a separate fee of $400.
- Certification Application and Examination: $400
- Certification Renewal: $300
- Seminar Registration for AEE & AFE members / government / nonprofit: $1,695
- Seminar Registration for non-members: $1,895
Click here to register for the GOHP Seminar
For assistance or questions pertaining to your seminar registration, please contact the registrar directly during the hours of 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (eastern time U.S.) at (770) 925-9633, or email her at email@example.com.
For information on maintaining your certification, please go to the certification renewals website.
For Additional Information About GOHP Certification...
If you have any questions about GOHP certification, contact AFE at (571) 203-7239 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.