Certification Orientation/Review and Examination For Accredited Commissioning Process Provider

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Course Overview

Plan ahead and mark your calendar!  This examination is being planned for October 15-16, 2021 and November 12-13, 2021 in Madison, WI (in classroom, in combination with courses The Commissioning Process for Delivering Quality Constructed Projects + The Commissioning Process for Existing Buildings and Leading the Commissioning Process: Step-by-Step Strategies for New Construction Projects). Dates are not guaranteed - courses will be scheduled and enrollment will become available when campus lifts instructor travel restrictions. Please add your name to the notification list using the button on this page marked "Notify Me of Upcoming Courses."

Become an Accredited Commissioning Process Provider with a commissioning certification from UW-Madison. Gain a marketable, independently-recognized certification to highlight your knowledge of the ASHRAE Commissioning Process.

Why UW?

The UW–Madison Commissioning Process certifications provide the opportunity for individuals with varying levels of professional experience to gain recognition. This feature, in addition to the focus on the full ASHRAE Commissioning Process, creates an opportunity for individuals to distinguish their capabilities and highlight their unique career paths.

Earn the Qualified Commissioning Process Provider (QCxP) certification upon successful completion of the coursework and exam. Additional certifications are available to those with project experience who currently hold the QCxP.  Full information on the University of Wisconsin commissioning certifications is available here.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has completed the required coursework may sign up to take the examination.

Additional Information

You may take the courses and examination in the same week, or in different weeks. To learn more about our commissioning certifications, visit our certifications page.

Enrollment in the examination requires prior completion of specific UW commissioning process courses, per the link above.

Course Outline

Online review & exam agenda

Download the online course agenda here in pdf format.

Classroom (in-person) review & exam agenda

Download the classroom course agenda here in pdf format.



Review Session Part 1

UW Commissioning Process Certifications and Exam Format

  • Review of schedule for exam and helpful hints
  • Overview of UW certifications
  • Exam format and study recommendations
  • Practice exam


Review Session Part 2

CxP Concepts and Terminology Review

  • OPR and Owner’s Process
  • Commissioning process plan
  • Quality and verification

Related Industry Organizations

  • Others involved in buildings or commissioning
  • Q & A
  • Review practice exam questions


Exam Schedule (Classroom in-person exam only)


7:30 a.m.      Sign-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00              Orientation for Exam

8:05              Part 1, Examination

9:20              Break

9:30              Part 2, Examination

10:05            Break

10:10            Part 3, Examination

10:35            Break

10:40            Part 4, Examination

11:00 a.m.     Final Adjournment


Joy Altwies

Joy Altwies, PhD, PE, LEED AP+, is a Program Director for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). For over 16 years, Dr. Altwies has developed and taught continuing education courses emphasizing high-performance building design and construction, mechanical system design and operation, energy efficiency, and commissioning. She is also Program Director of the Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) degree program and an instructor of two graduate courses in the program.

Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin, Joy worked as a consulting engineer focusing on energy efficiency and environmentally responsible building design and construction. She provided commissioning services for a variety of projects with a strong emphasis on green and sustainable building principles. She also provided LEED assistance and green design opportunity analysis for clients seeking these specialized services in the commercial building market. As a certified home energy rater for the national Energy Star Homes® program, her work also encompassed the residential building market.

Dr. Altwies is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), where she currently serves as Vice Chair and Research Chair for the Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability technical committee (TC 2.8). She has also served on committees for the U.S. Green Building Council and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.

Joy earned a Doctorate in Environment and Resources through the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. Her interdisciplinary research investigated the impact of building energy code policies on technology adoption in the commercial and residential building sectors. She also holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering.

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