Frequently Asked Questions


  • ACP's BAS Technician Certification is a non-proprietary certification (and not certificate) designed to prepare students with portable skills valued by the 21st-century high-tech occupations, establish a new BAS industry standard, and narrow the skills gap.    
  • An earned BAS Technician Certification demonstrates the holder's specialized knowledge, skills, and experiences. A certification indicates competency measured against a standard set through an industry-wide process.  
  • Earning a certificate is a way for an individual to earn credits in a structured, discipline-specific way. A certificate can prepare an individual to advance their career or to gain the extra knowledge needed to stay competitive and up-to-date in their field. Completion of the certificate demonstrates evidence of technical education achievement. 
  • BAS Incumbent workers and students completing a 2-year program from a community college may apply for the certification test. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria to take the test. For further information about the eligibility criteria, click here.
  • This proctored test is administered at multiple locations across the nation. Information about test locations and dates coming soon.
  • Yes. Information about the certification fees is coming soon.
  • No. ACP does not provide any direct financial assistance to pay for the test fees.
  • Students and staff of ACP's collegiate member institutions shall receive a preferred price (discount).  
  • Contact your local (county or state) workforce agencies. Many employment and workforce agencies provide financial support for professional certifications.  
  • Many employers prefer hiring skilled technicians. Certified BAS Technicians are in high demand.  
  • Validation of knowledge, technical skills, and professional abilities.
  • Upskilling and advanced training to best meet the needs of the 21st-century BAS occupations.
  • Prospects of enhanced career growth opportunities
  • Yes. Upon approval of candidacy for the test, a candidate may contact one of our ACP staff members to seek support with a test-prep guide. Contact us through the website or send an email to
  • Aside from the information on the website, we welcome your direct queries.
  • Contact ACP's professional staff members. Send an email to
  • Sign-up for ACP's Newsletter.
  • Follow ACP's social media accounts on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.

BAS Toolkits and
Learning Resources

  • ACP has created invaluable toolkits consisting of various products and services to promote Building Automation Systems (BAS) education, certification, training, and workforce opportunities.
  • No. Most of the toolkit resources are open-source. You may download or contact ACP to receive open-source products. Some products are available either as complementary resources for ACP members or at a cost. 
  • Yes. Most of the ACP’s BAS Toolkit and Learning Resources are digital products.  
  • An easier way to share our resources is to direct your network contact to our website  
  • The BAS Toolkits and learning resources are organized into four (4) categories to support diverse groups of stakeholders interested in promoting BAS education and career pathways. 
  • Secondary Academia: Students, faculty, and staff engaged in promoting STEM-based careers.
  • Post-secondary Academia: Students, faculty, administrators, and staff of community and technical colleges, undergraduate programs, and graduate studies related to engineering, automation, mechatronics, sustainability, IT, and other disciplines.  
  • Workforce: Employers representing large-, mid, or small-scale building automation systems, HVAC/R, building maintenance, building management, controls professions, Building IoT, and other building technology-related fields.
  • Agencies, Organizations, and Community: Local (county), state, and federal agencies. Non- or for-profit agencies promoting STEM-based career pathways, educational and workforce equity issues, workforce opportunities, economic development, and other critical service sectors that champion human-centric causes. Communities and community leaders who are passionate about transforming one life at a time to improve our societies.
  • Teachers can use all information inside the toolkits as supplementary teaching materials in the classroom.

Yes. Please complete the online form on our website (link here) or send an email to

  • Yes. Please acknowledge the ACP works when using our content for news reporting, scholarship, research, and teaching.
  • Obtain permission from ACP if you plan on mass distribution (over 1000 copies) of printed material or plan to publish a portion of ACP work on your website. 
  • Under no circumstances ACP’s BAS Toolkits and Learning Resources should be sold by the users. 
  • ACP welcomes collaborative efforts in promoting BAS education, training, and workforce opportunities. Please contact us to discuss your needs, and ACP may create solutions that best meet your expectations. Complete the online contact form or send an email to
  • Yes. ACP hosts a monthly online BAS Discovery forum to address queries on all of our services. Please sign up for ACP Newsletter or check our events page for the date(s) of the upcoming forum(s).


  • A STEP in STEM stands for "Automation Skills, training, Education and Promotion in STEM. Visit our A STEP in STEM page to learn more.
  • ACP in partnership with the Siemens Foundation has launched the A STEP in STEM project that stands for ‘Automation Skills, Training, Education and Promotion in STEM’. This is a nationwide project that aims to fill skilled positions in the Building Automation Systems Industry and related STEM fields. The collaboration between the two organizations will result in an increased flow of new talent entering into the field, and promote diversity within these fields by providing equitable access to educational programs and career opportunities. 
  • The A STEP in STEM project works with various departments at our partner schools such as the Admissions Department, High School Initiatives Department, Community Outreach and Engagement, Marketing and Communications, Dual Enrollment. and the President's Office. Collaborating with the various departments ensures successful communication and an effective stremaline process of influincing traditional high school students to connect with a representative at the partner institiuion. For more infromation regarding membership to receive additional recruitment services, contact
  • ACP has developed an unconvential, creative project called 'A STEP in STEM - Aurtomation Skills, Training, Education and Promotion in STEM'. ACP tours the nation with the A STEP in STEM cast and mobile lab to partner middle and high schools to spread awareness about the career pathway opportunities within the BAS industry and STEM. ACP hooks the student with this exciting project and equips them with the tools and resources needed in order to pursue their STEM career pathway of choice.
  • Middle School, High School and college aged students all will receive resources and tools to assist them on their individual STEM career pathway journeys. Visit our A STEP in STEM page to view more infromation.
  • Please contact our Outreach Director,, to learn more information of how the A STEP in STEM Mobile Lab Tour can visit your school.
  • Yes, ACP hosts in-person and virtual events for Middle, High School and College students.
  • ACP's virtual lab tours are an opportunity for students accross the nation to learn and experience what it would be like to work inside a laboratory at a two year technical college. We feature labratories and instructors within the Building Automation Systems industry and other related fields. Visit our A STEP in STEM page on our website to learn more.
  • ACP is gearing up for a national tour once the pandemic has come to an end. Please contact our Outreach Director, candace Haynes, to learn more about how we can visit your institution.
  • The performance is a unique experience that gets students excited to learn more about Building Automation and other STEM related fields. Once we get the students' attention, we provide them with the tools and resources needed to continue their career pathway journey. We connect students with a representative at their local two-year institution to asisst them in matriculating into an associatess degree program at that institution.


  • ACP offers numerous benefits and preferred services to four (4) groups of stakeholders that promote BAS education, employment, policy, funding, and businesses. ACP's nationwide membership initiative is designed for all BAS-ecosystem and related fields professionals.  We encourage collaboration within and among the four categories of members to build a robust pipeline of skilled BAS workforce.
  • The four (4) categories are
  • Council of Academic Leaders and Practitioners (CAL-P):  Students, faculty, staff, and administrators of all post-secondary academic institutions may apply for the CAL-P membership.
  • Council of Corporate Leaders and Practitioners (CCL-P): CCL-P is a network of entry-, mid-and senior-level professionals from industries engaged in building automation, controls, maintenance, and energy management systems.
  • Council of Individual Leaders and Practitioners (CIL-P): ACP's Council of Individual Leaders and Practitioners (CIL-P) is a network of individual professionals working in building automation, controls, maintenance, and energy management systems and businesses.  Individuals interested in ACP Membership may join CIL-P.
  • Council of Organizational Leaders and Practitioners (COL-P): COL-P is a network of professionals from government, non-profit, and for-profit institutions promoting education, training, certification, and workforce issues related to all BAS-ecosystem and related issues. 
  • Following the rollout of the academic membership this summer, ACP shall launch the three (3) other memberships in September 2021.
  • ACP members shall receive a preferred (discounted) rate on certification testing fees, publications, marketplace consultancy, workshops, conferences, and BAS career pathways resources.  For benefits comparison, visit (link Membership > Overview page here).

Yes.  Students enrolled in post-secondary academic institutions are eligible for ACP membership.  Institutional membership (i.e., when colleges join ACP's institutional plan) covers students, faculty, and staff.  Students from colleges that do not have an ACP institutional membership may join ACP as individual student members.

  • All secondary schools are welcome to join complementary ACP membership.  As ACP members, secondary school staff shall receive key benefits to support STEM-based career pathways guidance and career opportunities in the BAS fields.
  • Faculty and/or staff (FT, PT or adjunct) of post-secondary academic institutions are eligible to sign-up for ACP membership as individuals.  Institutional membership (i.e., when colleges join ACP's institutional plan) covers faculty, and staff.  ACP provides a preferred rate for BAS faculty and staff.
  • Institutional Memberships:  Faculty, staff, or administrators of post-secondary institutions may complete ACP’s CAL-P Membership application on behalf of their college.  Each institution may designate up to two (2) representatives to liaise on all membership matters.  

Yes.  ACP hosts monthly events on diverse topics of interest to the BAS stakeholders.  Please check ACP's Events (link here), sign up to receive ACP's Newsletter, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Instagram to receive a list of our events and workshops.

You may complete an online inquiry form (link here) or email Dr. Sudeep Vyapari (Executive VP, ACP).  His email is

BAS Marketplace Data

  • ACP's research mission focuses on preparing skilled Building Automation Systems (BAS) professionals for the 21st-century workforce. Our unique scope of studies and outcomes serve an acute need for characterizing regional BAS and other automation employment opportunities.
  • ACP's unique approach addresses the unmet needs of the thousands of vacant BAS positions. The research outcomes and recommendations are based on the robust foundations of meticulous research, strategic methodology, and comprehensive solutions.  
  • ACP publishes four (4) types of reports.
  • Fact Sheets: ACP Fact Sheets are 1-2 pages of snapshot-styled reports. Fact Sheets feature critical and current data valued by the BAS stakeholders.
  • Short Reports: The Short Reports are usually 2-5 pages of executive summary-styled publications. They feature articles on topics that address gaps and opportunities impacting diverse BAS-ecosystem topics.
  • Concept Papers: ACP Concept or White Papers are 6-10 pages of executive summary-styled publications. These papers provide authoritative information on BAS-related topics with a strategic solutions-oriented focus.
  • Technical Reports: ACP Technical Reports are data-driven publications, longer than 10-pages, comprising process, progress, outcomes, recommendations, and technical research impacts.Lorem ipsum dolor?
  • Some fact-sheets are available to download as open-source (free) publications.  Short Reports and Concept Papers are available as complimentary copies for ACP members or may be purchased.  ACP's Technical Reports are primarily published as a deliverable and shared with those that seek ACP's marketplace consultancy services.  
  • You may complete an inquiry form on the ACP Research and Data page (link here) or click on the  Consultancy option on the menu and complete the consultancy inquiry form on the Consultancy page (link here).  
  • Yes.  ACP does investigate BAS marketplace and workforce opportunities by regions (counties), states, and nationwide.  
  • Yes.  ACP members do receive a preferred rate for the ACP marketplace and workforce research services.  We pay attention to your needs and are prepared to provide outcomes as Short or Technical Reports.
  • Yes.  ACP's Publications and Dissemination Policy states that "This ACP Publication Dissemination Policy (Revised, March 6, 2021) complements general and report-specific disclaimers as printed in any/all Association of Controls Professionals publications. ACP's definition of publications includes, but not limited to, research reports, white papers, conceptual papers, marketing material, industry guidelines, preferred product guide, newsletters, journals, bulletins, fact sheets, portable guides, videos, blogs, podcasts, images, summaries, blueprints, and marketplace reports. ACP's dissemination policy applies to printed or digital forms of all publications, without any exception. ACP's President shall make any/all final decisions on the dissemination policy, including exceptions when made. Any ACP publications, printed or in digital format, published in collaboration with others, will be subject to dissemination terms as agreed upon by all parties contributing to the work and outcomes related to that specific publication. For questions and additional information, please contact"  
  • Yes.  ACP hosts monthly seminars on diverse topics of interest among the BAS stakeholders.  Please check ACP's Events (link here), sign up to receive ACP's Newsletter, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and Instagram to receive a list of our events and workshops.

You may complete an online inquiry form (link here) or email Dr. Sudeep Vyapari (Executive VP, ACP).  His email is


  • Technical Definition - “Building automation is the automatic centralized control of a building's HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), electrical, lighting, shading, Access Control, Security Systems, and other interrelated systems through a Building Management System (BMS) or Building Automation System (BAS).”  - Wikipedia, 2021.
  • Workforce Definition - “The BAS ecosystem comprises many traditional, existing, and emerging marketplace opportunities that serve the critical infrastructure and workforce needs of building architecture, development, automation, controls, management, and maintenance.” - Vyapari, 2020 (link this to the article).
  • BAS jobs are in high demand.
  • Many entry-level position jobs are available for 2-year community or technical college graduates.  Some entry-level job titles include BAS Technicians, BAS Controls Technicians, and HVAC Technicians.  
  • A 4-year degree in electrical, electronic, mechanical, or computer engineering provides mid-level job opportunities. Some job titles include Building Automation Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers,  Energy Engineers, and Robotics Engineers.
  • Check the (link here) career pathways information on the ACP website for additional job titles.

The average annual salary of a BAS Controls Technician in the United States is $68,054 / year.  (Source:, May 10, 2021).

  • Yes.  While most employers prefer candidates with a 2-year community or technical college education, many employers do encourage high school graduates to intern with their company to explore the promising BAS careers.  
  • Yes.  In the United States the residential and commercial sectors accounted for a 40% combined of total U.S. energy consumption in 2020. (Source:  U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2020).
  • Advances in BAS technology combined with the BIoT (Building Internet of Things) provide vital solutions to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Yes.   The 21st-century BAS occupations use advanced computing techniques and technologies.  
  • Today's BAS industry is solving critical problems using Big Data.  Data scientists from various disciplines of computer sciences, business management programs, software and hardware architects, social scientists, and many other researchers contribute to the sophisticated controls tools used by the BAS technicians and engineers.
  • Contact your high school or college career counselors to seek information about the high-wage, high-salary STEM-based BAS occupations.
  • Many technical and community colleges offer HVAC/R or BAS-related programs as credit-based or non-credit based options.  
  • Contact one of our team members.  We will help you find a technical or community college program located in your state or elsewhere.  Send an email to  
  • Yes.  In general, the building automation industry suffers from a severe lack of diversity. According to the United States Department of Labor data, in 2017 women made up only 1.4% of the industry’s workforce.
  • The most recent U.S. Census results (2021) show that women are making gains in STEM careers.  However, Women represented only about a quarter of computer workers and 15% of those in engineering occupations. 
  • Yes.  The ethnic representation in the HVAC/R industry reveals a wide gap in diversity. According to the 2019 data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Dept. of Labor), 72% of/ the industry was made up of White employees, 11% Hispanics/Lation/ Spanish, and 9% African Americans.
  • A recent article by Pew Research Center (2021) titled “STEM Jobs See Uneven Progress in Increasing Gender, Racial and Ethnic Diversity” shows that Black and Hispanic workers remain underrepresented in the STEM workforce.  Specifically, Hispanics and Blacks made up only 9% and 5%, respectively of the total engineering workforce in the United States.
  • Yes.  ACP does have a program that offers scholarships to eligible candidates to complete a 2-year technical or community college education in BAS.  For details and information, send an email to