FAQ
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the NEMIC ATTCP program by technicians, employers, and engineers.

Frequently Asked Questions by Technicians

To become an Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) certified by NEMIC, a technician must have three (3) years of documented work experience in the HVAC industry, successfully complete a course of instruction by the International Training Institute (ITI) on the Mechanical Acceptance Test requirements as mandated by Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2, and successfully pass the NEMIC MATT Certification Exam. For MATT Level 2, a technician must also be an ICB-certified TABB Technician.

There are no out of pocket costs for qualified technicians to take the ATTCP certification exam. A technician who wishes to take the exam must be a current member of SMART.

Yes, according to the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2, certification to perform Mechanical Acceptance Tests is required as soon as the minimum threshold of certified technicians is met.

Technicians working for a non-union contractor may contact SMART to find out more on becoming eligible for certification through the NEMIC ATTCP.

According to the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2 all Mechanical Acceptance Tests must be performed by ATTCP-certified technicians in the employ of contractors with an ATTCP-certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer on staff.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) do not pay any fees for certification or renewal. Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) may pay a fee, depending on their status as members of SMART. See the ICB Certification Fee Schedule for current information.

If you wish to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) then please start the process by clicking here.

The ATTCP certification is valid until the technician is notified by the NEMIC ATTCP that there has been a change to the California Building Energy Standards (Title 24) requiring additional training and certification renewal.

Continuing education units (CEUs) are not required to maintain the Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician certification, but it is a requirement to maintain the TABB Technician certification.

No, a contractor’s license is not required to become an ATTCP-certified technician.

Yes, successful completion of the International Training Institute’s (ITI) training program for the California Title 24 mechanical acceptance test procedures is required before the certification exam will be administered to a technician.

There are no out of pocket costs for qualified technicians to take the training program. A technician who wishes to take the training must be a current member of SMART.

Yes, as long as you meet the qualifications to become certified: minimum of three (3) years in the HVAC industry with the required expertise, complete the International Training Institute (ITI) Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) training course and pass the MATT certification test. For MATT Level 2, you must also be current as an ICB-certified TABB Technician.

Yes, as long as you meet the qualifications to become certified: minimum of three (3) years in the HVAC industry with the required expertise, complete the International Training Institute (ITI) Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) training course and pass the MATT certification test. For MATT Level 2, you must also be current as an ICB-certified TABB Technician.

Yes, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATE) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must input project data through the MechCheck website, and all MATTs and MATEs using the MechCheck website must be certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATE) are not charged directly to use MechCheck. All fees associated with the auditing process through the MechCheck website are explained in the NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual and in the MATT and MATE training prior to user access.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established. To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATE) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck website for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

Paper copies of the Mechanical Acceptance Test forms may still be required by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), the general contractor, building owner, or installing mechanical contractor. Forms created through the MechCheck website can be downloaded electronically and printed to meet specific project requirements.

The required Mechanical Acceptance Tests vary by system design. The required Mechanical Acceptance Tests can be found on the completed Nonresidential Compliance Form (NRCC) for the project.

Yes, the audit consists of reviewing a random number of mechanical acceptance forms completed by the respective Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT), with additional on-site auditing of a percentage of projects performed by the contractor employing the Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE). The auditing process is described in the NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual and in the NEMIC ATTCP Amended Application for the 2019 Standards.

Costs for the required reviews associated with auditing are covered in the NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual.

Consequences of audit failure are covered in the NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual.

No.

The certification is administered by NEMIC under the authority of the California Energy Commission.  Jobsite enforcement is under the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Only a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) can complete the required mechanical certificate of acceptance forms.

Yes, as long as you meet the qualifications to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician and employ or are also a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

No specific tools or equipment are required to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

All projects that have a valid mechanical permit issued require Mechanical Acceptance Tests to verify compliance with the Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Required tests are described on the Certificate of Compliance form (NRCC).

Yes, as long as you are a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician and your firm employs a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

Yes, as long as you are a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician and your firm employs a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Contractors

Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are individuals employed by contractors performing mechanical acceptance test work who complete training in the standards and pass a certification exam. Fees for MATE certification through the NEMIC ATTCP depend on the SMART membership status of the individual taking the MATE exam. See the ICB Certification Fee Schedule for current information.

Yes, according to California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2 technicians and employers must be certified through a California Energy Commission-approved Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician certification provider to provide Mechanical Acceptance Test services as soon as the minimum threshold of certified technicians is met.

  • April 14, 2021, CEC acknowledged the MATT threshold has been achieved
  • “… California Energy Commission (CEC) expects authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) to enforce the mechanical systems ATT requirements to all nonresidential permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2021.” (CEC Public Notice – June 28th, 2021)
  • As of October 1, 2021, any project requiring a MATT, will need to be completed on an approved database.

Yes, through a CEC-approved Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician certification provider that allows non-signatory employer participation and meets all their requirements. Contractors interested in certification through the NEMIC ATTCP, who are not already signatory, may contact Cal SMACNA or SMART to find out more on becoming eligible.

There is no annual fee to maintain the NEMIC ATTCP Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE) certification. Depending on their SMART membership status, a MATE may pay a fee for renewal when required by updates to the standards. See the ICB Certification Fee Schedule for current information.

All registration requirements can be found at www.attcp.org.

The certification is valid until the Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE) is notified by NEMIC that there has been a change to the program requiring additional training and renewal.

There is no requirement for CEUs, only additional training for renewal as notified by the NEMIC ATTCP based on updates to the standards.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are individuals employed by contractors performing Mechanical Acceptance Test work who complete training in the standards and pass a certification exam. A contractor’s license is not required for MATE certification through the NEMIC ATTCP, but may be a requirement to perform Mechanical Acceptance Test work depending on specific project contracts and permitting.

Yes, a minimum four(4)-hour training course provided by NEMI is required as a prerequisite before taking the Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer certification exam.

There is no fee for training for individuals employed by contractors that are signatory to a Collective Bargaining Agreement and contribute to the NEMIC fund.

No, only certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) can conduct and document required Mechanical Acceptance Tests once the minimum threshold of certified technicians is met.

  • April 14, 2021, CEC acknowledged the MATT threshold has been achieved
  • “… California Energy Commission (CEC) expects authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) to enforce the mechanical systems ATT requirements to all nonresidential permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2021.” (CEC Public Notice – June 28th, 2021)
  • As of October 1, 2021, any project requiring a MATT, will need to be completed on an approved database.

No, only those who conduct and document required Mechanical Acceptance Tests must be certified.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are individuals employed by contractors performing Mechanical Acceptance Test work who complete training in the standards and pass a certification exam. A TAB firm participates in the NEMIC ATTCP program by employing MATTs and MATEs certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are individuals employed by contractors performing Mechanical Acceptance Test work who complete training in the standards and pass a certification exam. A mechanical install firm participates in the NEMIC ATTCP program by employing MATTs and MATEs certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Yes, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) s and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must input project data through the MechCheck website, and all MATTs and MATEs using the MechCheck website must be certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) s and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are not charged directly to use MechCheck. All fees associated with the auditing process through the MechCheck website are covered in the MATT and MATE training prior to user access.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established. To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) s and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck website for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

Paper copies of the Mechanical Acceptance Test forms may still be required by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), the general contractor, building owner, or installing mechanical contractor. Forms created through the MechCheck website can be downloaded electronically and printed to meet specific project requirements.

The required Mechanical Acceptance Tests vary by system design requirements. The required Mechanical Acceptance Tests can be found on the completed Certificate of Compliance form (NRCC) for the project.

A contractor performing Mechanical Acceptance Test services should negotiate fees for acceptance testing and, if necessary, retesting, like any other typical construction or service project.

A contractor performing Mechanical Acceptance Test services should negotiate fees for acceptance testing and, if necessary, retesting, like any other typical construction or service project.

The certification is administered by NEMIC under the authority of the California Energy Commission.  Jobsite enforcement is under the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Only a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician can conduct and complete the required Mechanical Acceptance Test forms.

Yes, as long as you meet the requirements to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician and employ or are also a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

No specific tools or equipment are required to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

All projects that have a valid mechanical permit issued will require mechanical acceptance testing to verify compliance with the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standard. The required Mechanical Acceptance Tests will be described on the Certificate of Compliance form (NRCC).

No, it is an open competitive market for testing fees.

Yes, as long as you are employ certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer and your field technician is a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician.

Yes, as long as you employ a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer and your field technician is a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician.

Each company that registers with MechCheck must have a certified MATE register the company and establish that they are the primary MATE by doing so. Any additional MATE’s will not register the company, but their certification will be recognized by MechCheck but not as the companies primary MATE.

The technician’s certification will already be in MechCheck when they have successfully become certified, and their username will be the email they used when they registered for the ICB site. If they do not have the password, they can utilize the forgot password function on the log in page.

The MATE must assign the technicians to their company in order for them to be able to fully use the system.

When an MATT is required, all Mechanical Acceptance forms must be completed on an approved database. MechCheck allows you to complete the forms digitally and when any of them are done and signed, they are able to be downloaded, emailed, or printed, directly from the program. Forms generated outside of MechCheck cannot be uploaded to MechCheck.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Mechanical Design Engineers

According to California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2, all Mechanical Acceptance Tests must be conducted by a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) employed at a company that also employs a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE). All Mechanical Acceptance Test forms completed by MATTs certified through the NEMIC ATTCP are generated by the MechCheck website, with a NEMIC watermark visible on every page of each form.

The design engineer must ensure that the mechanical system is compliant with applicable codes and that a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician specifies the appropriate Mechanical Acceptance Tests for completion.

Yes, if you meet the qualifications to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT). For NEMIC ATTCP MATTs, you must be a member of SMART, have a minimum of three (3) years in the HVAC industry, complete the applicable ITI MATT training course, and pass the desired ICB MATT certification test.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are individuals employed by companies performing acceptance test work who complete training in the standards and pass a certification exam. An engineering firm can participate in the NEMIC ATTCP program by employing Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and MATEs certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Yes, according to California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2 technicians and employers must be certified through a California Energy Commission approved Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician certification provider to provide Mechanical Acceptance Test services as soon as the minimum threshold of certified technicians is met.

  • April 14, 2021, CEC acknowledged the MATT threshold has been achieved.
  • “… California Energy Commission (CEC) expects authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) to enforce the mechanical systems ATT requirements to all nonresidential permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2021.” (CEC Public Notice – June 28th, 2021)
  • As of October 1, 2021, any project requiring a MATT, will need to be completed on an approved database.

No, only certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians can complete the Mechanical Acceptance Tests.

There is no annual fee to maintain the NEMIC ATTCP Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) or Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE) certification. Depending on their SMART membership status, a MATE may pay a fee for renewal when required by updates to the standards. See the ICB Certification Fee Schedule for current information.

Anyone that meets the prerequisite requirements can apply for certification. For further information please see Become Certified on this website.

The certification is valid until the Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) or Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE) is notified by NEMIC there has been a change to the program requiring retraining and certification.

There is no requirement for CEUs, only additional training for renewal as notified by the NEMIC ATTCP based on updates to the standards.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are individuals employed by companies performing Mechanical Acceptance Test work who complete training in the standards and pass a certification exam. A contractor’s license is not required for MATE certification through the NEMIC ATTCP, but may be a requirement to perform Mechanical Acceptance Test work depending on specific project contracts and permitting.

Yes, the company providing Mechanical Acceptance Test services must employ a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE) under the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards once the minimum threshold of Certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians has been met.

  • April 14, 2021, CEC acknowledged the MATT threshold has been achieved
  • “… California Energy Commission (CEC) expects authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) to enforce the mechanical systems ATT requirements to all nonresidential permit applications submitted on or after October 1, 2021.” (CEC Public Notice – June 28th, 2021)
  • As of October 1, 2021, any project requiring a MATT, will need to be completed on an approved database.

Yes, completion of training programs is required to become certified as a Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer or a Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician. More information can be found at Become Certified on this website.

There is no additional cost for training for individuals eligible for certification through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Yes, as long as eligibility requirements are met. More information can be found at Become Certified on this website.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established.

As of 10/01/2021, any project requiring a MATT, will need to be completed on an approved database.  To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck database for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the standards to fulfill that role.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are not charged directly to use MechCheck. All fees associated with the auditing process through the MechCheck website are explained in NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual and the MATT and MATE training prior to user access.

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the standards to fulfill that role.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established.

As of October 1, 2021, any project requiring a MATT, will need to be completed on an approved database.  To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck database for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the Standards to fulfill that role.

The MechCheck website prevents alteration of the Mechanical Acceptance Test result by anyone other than the certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT).

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the standards to fulfill that role.

Required Mechanical Acceptance Tests will vary based on code requirements in effect by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

Yes, the complaint process is described in the NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual with further information on filing a complaint available on this website.

Costs may assessed to the party filing the complaint if the investigation proves the Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician or their employer is not at fault or if the filing was found to be fraudulent.

The certification is administered by NEMIC under the authority of the California Energy Commission.  Jobsite enforcement is under the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

A certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician is required to perform and document all Mechanical Acceptance Tests.

No specific tools or equipment are required to become a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer.

All projects that have a valid mechanical permit issued will require mechanical acceptance testing to verify compliance with the Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Required tests are described on Certificate of Compliance form (NRCC).

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About MechCheck

Yes, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATE) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must input project data through the MechCheck website, and all MATTs and MATEs using the MechCheck website must be certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATE) are not charged directly to use MechCheck. All fees associated with the auditing process through the MechCheck website are explained in the NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual and in the MATT and MATE training prior to user access.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established. To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATT) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATE) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck website for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

Paper copies of the Mechanical Acceptance Test forms may still be required by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), the general contractor, building owner, or installing mechanical contractor. Forms created through the MechCheck website can be downloaded electronically and printed to meet specific project requirements.

Yes, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) s and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must input project data through the MechCheck website, and all MATTs and MATEs using the MechCheck website must be certified through the NEMIC ATTCP.

Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) are not charged directly to use MechCheck. All fees associated with the auditing process through the MechCheck website are explained in NEMIC ATTCP Certification Manual and the MATT and MATE training prior to user access.

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the standards to fulfill that role.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established. To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) s and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck website for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

Paper copies of the Mechanical Acceptance Test forms may still be required by the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), the general contractor, building owner, or installing mechanical contractor. Forms created through the MechCheck website can be downloaded electronically and printed to meet specific project requirements.

According to California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 1, Section 10-103.2, all Mechanical Acceptance Tests must be conducted by a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT) employed at a company that also employs a certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Employer (MATE). All Mechanical Acceptance Test forms completed by MATTs certified through the NEMIC ATTCP are generated by the MechCheck website, with a NEMIC watermark visible on every page of each form.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established. To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck website for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the standards to fulfill that role.

At this time, the data registry for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms has not yet been established. To meet requirements of the standards, all Mechanical Acceptance Test Technicians (MATTs) and Mechanical Acceptance Test Employers (MATEs) certified through the NEMIC ATTCP must use the MechCheck website for all mechanical acceptance test forms.

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the Standards to fulfill that role.

The MechCheck website prevents alteration of the Mechanical Acceptance Test result by anyone other than the certified Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician (MATT).

As a design mechanical engineer, you may be designated as the Responsible Person for Mechanical Acceptance Test forms. There is no requirement for certification or fee to be a Responsible Person for the MechCheck website, although there may be other requirements per the standards to fulfill that role.