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NEBB Firm Certification Process and Requirements

Firms that meet the specified criteria can apply for NEBB certification. A firm must designate a Certified Professional employed within their firm to supervise all NEBB related work. The designated individual will be designated as the NEBB Certified Professional. Firms must also determine in which NEBB discipline(s) they are interested in becoming certified.

2.2 Applicant Firm Status

2.2.1     A company must establish Applicant Firm status prior to attaining NEBB Firm certification.

2.2.2     An Applicant Firm must become certified not later than one (1) year from the date of its initial application for certification. If the Applicant Firm does not attain certification within the one (1) year period, the company must reapply as a new Applicant Firm, paying all then current and applicable dues and fees.

2.2.3     Upon application and thereafter, Applicant Firms must pay NEBB and Chapter dues and fees to maintain Applicant Firm status.

2.2.4     Prior to achieving NEBB certification, an Applicant Firm may not:

2.2.4.1    Represent, directly or indirectly, the Applicant Firm as being NEBB Certified or any Applicant Professional or Applicant Technician as holding NEBB certification or Applicant status.

2.2.4.2    Use the NEBB name or logo on letterhead, business cards, brochures or other promotional materials and advertising.

2.3          Firm Certification Requirements

2.3.1    An Applicant Firm must have operated continuously as a legal entity, actively engaged in the field for which it is seeking NEBB Certification, regularly providing services in one (1) or more of the disciplines in which NEBB provides certifications, for a minimum period of twelve (12) months prior to submitting an application for certification.  

2.3.2    An Applicant Firm must submit a minimum of six (6) individual and unique letters of endorsement from architects, engineers, contractors, or commercial building owners, attesting to the Firm’s reputation for integrity and business ethics, and knowledgeability in the field for which it is seeking NEBB Certification. These letters must be dated within twelve (12) months of the application date and must reference the Applicant Firm, not any Candidate or Certified Professional, and must list at least one (1) project for which the Applicant Firm provided services for the endorsing party.No more than one (1) letter may be from a contractor.  NEBB and the Chapter of application reserve the right to review and communicate with any person or Firm regarding information on the background, integrity and ethics of the Applicant Firm.

2.3.3    An Applicant Firm must confirm in its application that it will comply with NEBB requirements for instrumentation for each discipline in which certification is sought.

2.3.4    The Applicant Firm must employ a Designated Certified Professional in each discipline for which Firm certification is sought.  A Certified Professional may serve as the Designated Certified Professional for more than one (1) discipline, but not more than one (1) Applicant Firm, or more than one (1) office of the Firm, so long as the Professional is certified in each discipline that is applicable.  The Designated Certified Professional shall be a full time, management level employee of the Firm, located and primarily working at the Firm address listed with NEBB.  NEBB defines full time employment as a minimum average of thirty (30) hours per work week.  The Designated Certified Professional shall be responsible for ensuring that the NEBB Certified Firm and all other NEBB Certified Professionals and Technicians in the office the Designated Certified Professional serves perform services in accordance with all NEBB Procedural Standards and comply with these Operational Procedures.

2.3.5    The Applicant Firm must affiliate with and pay all NEBB fees and dues and Chapter fees and dues of their assigned NEBB Chapter.  Firms affiliated with a Chapter that gives up its NEBB charter or has that charter revoked will be assigned by NEBB to Chapters geographically adjacent to the eliminated Chapter.  The NEBB Board of Directors may re-assign Firm affiliations that are affected by Chapter boundary modifications.

2.3.6    The Applicant Firm must possess the current edition of the NEBB Procedural Standards applicable to the discipline for each certification sought.

2.3.7    The Applicant Firm must submit a NEBB "Agreement to Arbitrate" and "Code of Ethics," each executed by an appropriate officer or owner in the Firm authorized to bind the Firm.

2.3.8    An Applicant Firm’s application may, but will not necessarily, be denied if an owner, partner, shareholder, Certified Professional, director or officer in the Applicant Firm has previously been decertified by NEBB or was employed in or held a similar position with a Firm previously decertified by NEBB.

2.3.9    NEBB certification in a given discipline is open to any Applicant Firm that meets the requirements for that NEBB discipline.

Firms interested in NEBB Firm Certification should contact the chapter in their area of business to obtain any certification details, including fees, and to answer any questions. For a listing of chapters, please click here.

If your firm meet the requirements for NEBB certification, the Designated Certified Professional can complete Step 1 in the online profile to start the application process.

Once your firm is certified, recertification will be required every two years to remain in certified.  To learn more about firm recertification, please click here.

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