When overseen and executed by licensed engineers, the commissioning process is regulated by state statutes, laws and codes.  These regulations are in place to protect the public's life, property, and health.
  • Sets a Consistent and High Standard of Licensure Requirements
    • Accredited College Engineering (Architectural) Degree
    • Minimum four (4) years of documented relevant experience
    • State administered testing
  • Limits Work to Area of Expertise
    • Engineer can only practice within area of expertise
    • Determined by experience and education
    • Punishment for violation
  • Establishes Code of Ethics
    • Defines conflicts of interest
    • Regulates engineers actions
  • Requires Continued Engineering Education
    • Engineer must continue to take relevant course in order to renew license every period
    • Most states require one of the course to include engineering ethics and laws
    • Helps keep engineer current with technology and advancements
  • Protects the Public
    • All of the above PLUS
    • Clearly defines what actions constitute a violation of the law
    • Enforces punishments up to and including permanent loss of licensure
WARNING: Commissioning, when directed and managed by non-engineers, is not a regulated industry and shifts the risk and liability to the facility owner.  There are numerous non-engineering based groups and companies claiming to provide commissioning services as well as certifications.  There are NO state statutes regulating the commissioning process through non-engineers.
Posted by David G. Venters, PE, CPMP
Performance Engineering Group, Inc.