One thing I admire about the Luckett & Farley culture is the commitment to continuing education and personal growth.  Along these lines, speakers from other industries are often brought in to discuss commonalities in management practice, leadership, marketing, etc.  This is a great practice that offers alternate perspectives of the way we get things done here at Luckett & Farley.

It was after one such presentation that the idea for this blog was presented by our guest speaker. These events naturally include the exchange of business cards, and after reviewing many of them, she commented, “You all have great credentials!  What do they mean?”  A blog post seemed a great way to list some of the most common appellations of construction design professionals.

Appellations, sometimes referred to as post-nominal letters or designatory letters, are the letters we put after our names to illustrate a certification, accreditation, license, or area of expertise.  These titles are most commonly acquired by completing a degree, passing an examination, or being involved in an association.  The most common for the construction industry are listed below.

Post-Nomial's, their meaning and description

 

AIA - American Institute of Architects



    • Indicates current membership status with the AIA.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct intended to assure clients, the public, and colleagues of an architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.  AIA members must be licensed to practice architecture in the United States.  The actual licensing process of Architects is conducted by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

 



ASLA - American Society of Landscape Architects



    • Indicates current membership status with the ASLA.  The Society's mission is to lead, to educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.  Members of the ASLA must be a graduate from an accredited landscape architecture program and/or is state licensed to practice landscape architecture and has three or more years of professional experience.

 



CCCA - Certified Construction Contract Administration



    • Developed by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the holder of this certification has passed an examination proving the ability to develop, administer and enforce construction documentation.  Applicants must have previously passed the CDT exam.

 



CCS - Certified Construction Specifier



    • Developed by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the holder of this certification has passed an examination indicating they are a skilled product researcher who knows how to investigate and identify cost-effective, efficient solutions, and then communicate those solutions through the specifications.  Applicants must have previously passed the CDT exam.

 



CDT - Construction Documents Technologist



    • Developed by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), the holder of this certification has passed an examination covering comprehensive knowledge of the writing and management of construction documents.  The CDT is a pre-requisite to CSI's advanced certifications such as CCS, CCCA, and CCPR.

 



CSI - Construction Specifications Institute



    • Indicates current membership with the CSI.  Members strive to have an in-depth understanding of the construction process outside of their particular discipline.  Professional membership requires three years of experience authoring, managing, or communicating building information within the construction industry.

 



CxA - Commissioning Agent



    • Primarily targeted to mechanical and electrical systems, commissioning is a systematic process of assuring that a building performs in accordance with the design intent and the Owner's operational needs.  At this time there are no requirements or governing agency for CxA's.  A CxA typically has working knowledge and experience in all aspects of design, construction, and energy efficient systems.



DCDC - Data Center Design Consultant



    • Established by the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering all facets of data center design.  Pre-requisites include two years of recent experience in the design or construction of data centers.

 



EDAC - Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification



    • Developed by the Center for Health Design (CHD), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering an understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results.

 



EIT - Engineer in Training



    • This designation from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) indicates that the holder has an engineering degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program and that they have passed the 8-hour Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination.  The EIT designation, along with four years of engineering experience, is the pre-requisite to qualify for the Professional Engineering (PE) Examination.

 



ESS - Electronic Safety and Security Designer



    • Established by the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering electronic safety and security design including access control, fire detection and notification, surveillance, and intrusion detection systems.  Pre-requisites include two years of design experience specific to electronic safety and security systems.

 



FAIA - Fellow of the American Institute of Architects



    • Fellowship status is a title given by the American Institute of Architects to an architect who has made a significant contribution to the profession.

 



HFDP - Healthcare Facility Design Professional



    • Developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in collaboration with the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE).  The holder of this credential has passed an examination covering medical terminology and facility operations as they affect HVAC&R design.

 



LC - Lighting Certified



    • Developed by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), an LC has passed an examination covering lighting technology, design, auditing, installation & commissioning, operations & maintenance, financial analysis, and regulatory compliance.  Pre-requisites for the LC exam include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university and have three years of lighting related experience.

 



LEED AP - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The Accredited Professional (LEED AP) credential was established in 2001 while specialties were introduced in 2009.  The LEED AP designation indicates that the holder had acquired the credential prior to 2009 when specialties were introduced.  The holder has passed an examination covering knowledge of green design, construction, and building operations.  The exam did not require any pre-requisites.

 



LEED AP BD+C - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Building Design & Construction



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The BD+C credential was established in 2009.  The holder has passed an examination covering the design and construction of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential building.  Pre-requisites include involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED.

 



LEED AP Homes - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Homes



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The Homes credential was established in 2009.  The holder has passed an examination covering the design and construction of high-performance green homes.  Pre-requisites include involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED.

 



LEED AP ID+C - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Interior Design & Construction



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The ID+C credential was established in 2009.  The holder has passed an examination covering the design and construction of environmentally responsible, high-performance commercial spaces and tenant improvements.  Pre-requisites include involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED.

 



LEED AP ND - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Neighborhood Development



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The ND credential was established in 2009.  The holder has passed an examination covering the design and development of environmentally responsible, sustainable neighborhoods.  Pre-requisites include involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED.

 



LEED AP O+M - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional Operations & Maintenance



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The O+M credential was established in 2009.  The holder has passed an examination covering the operation and maintenance of existing buildings with sustainable practices that reduce the environmental impact of a building over its life.  Pre-requisites include involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED.

 



LEED GA - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate



    • Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and issued by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).  The Green Associate credential was established in 2009 for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.  The holder has passed an examination covering basic knowledge of green design, construction, and building operations.  This exam does not require any pre-requisites.

 



MIES - Member Illuminating Engineering Society



    • Indicates current membership status with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).  IES members must be a graduate from an accredited four year program with a degree in the art or science of illumination or related engineering fields and be engaged for at least five years in a professional capacity in a field related to illumination.

 



NCIDQ - National Council for Interior Design Qualification



    • The holder of this certificate has passed an examination of those aspects of the practice of interior design that affect the public's health, life safety, and welfare.  Pre-requisites of the NCIDQ exam include a minimum of six years of combined interior design college level education and work experience.

 



NTS - Network Technology Systems Designer



    • Established by the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering local area networks (LANs) and internetworking design.  Pre-requisites include two years of design experience specific to network technology systems.

 



OSP - Outside Plant Designer



    • Established by the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering network distribution systems typically located outside of buildings, including route design, cable hardware, and grounding systems.  Pre-requisites include two years of design experience specific to outside plant design.

 



PE - Professional Engineer



    • This designation from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), indicates that the holder has been issued a license to practice engineering in one or more states by passing the Professional Engineer exam in their related discipline.  Pre-requisites for the PE exam include holding a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, passing the FE exam (see EIT), and earning work experience (typically a minimum of four years) in an engineering field under the supervision of a PE.

 



PS, PLS - Professional Land Surveyor



    • This designation from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), indicates that the holder has been issued a license to perform surveying tasks by passing the Professional Surveying exam.  Pre-requisites for the PS exam include minimum education requirements (some states require only a high school diploma and some states require a four year surveying degree), passing the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam, and earning surveying work experience (typically a minimum of four years) under the supervision of a PS.

 



RCDD - Registered Communications Distribution Designer



    • Established by the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering the design, integration and implementation of information technology systems (ITS) and related infrastructure components.  Pre-requisites include five years of ITS design experience.

 



RLA - Registered Landscape Architect



    • This designation from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), indicates that the holder has been issued a license to practice Landscape Architecture in one or more states by passing the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE).  Pre-requisites for the LARE exam vary by state but typically requires a four year accredited undergraduate degree in landscape architecture.

 



SE - Structural Engineer



    • This designation is a way to recognize structural engineers separately from professional engineers.  Typically, requirements for obtaining an SE are more stringent than the PE.  Licensing requirements vary greatly from state to state, as there is no national standard.  In most cases the SE must pass the Civil PE, Structural Engineering 1 (SE1), and Structural Engineering 2 (SEII) exams issued by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

 



WD - Wireless Designer



    • Established by the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), the holder of this credential has passed an examination covering wireless network systems and design.  Pre-requisites include two years of design experience specific to wireless network systems.

 

 

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