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Certified Air Barrier Specialist


The objective of the Air Barrier Specialist certification program is to ensure that a professional has the knowledge and skills to give building stakeholders a consistent message on the requirements for air barrier systems; including the selection of air barrier materials and accessories for a specific application, the proper installation instructions for those materials, and any drawings or specifications related to an air barrier system.

What are the key knowledge units the certification will encompass?

Construction Site Requirements

Construction site requirements
ABAA material listing requirements
Construction site requirements

Materials Methods & Details

Manufacturer’s corporate responsibility
Building science
Air barrier materials, accessories, components and assemblies
Air barrier details

Project Design

Air barrier design
Project specifications
Building codes
Regional and industry standards

On Site Testing

On site testing
Air barrier project audits
Commissioning the air barrier system
Correcting air leakage paths

What You Need To Know About CABS

Why should I get certified? 

By having a certification from an accredited organization like the Air Barrier Association, you will be able to demonstrate your expert knowledge of air barriers across five major air barrier methods: board stock, fluid-applied, mechanically attached, self-adhered, and spray foam.

Who should become CABS certified? 

Anyone who advises architects, owners, installers, inspectors/auditors and other building stakeholders in the use, design and installation of air barriers. Typically these individuals would be:

• Architects • Building Envelope Consultants • Manufacturer Representatives • Sales Professionals • Technical Directors • Technical Field Representatives

 How long does the certification last? 

Three years.  Recertification does not require a retest, just a proof of ABAA and AIA LUs/CEUs.

Are there prerequisites? 

We recommend a minimum of 5 years of industry experience, along with ABAA Continuing Education units (CEU). 

How do I prepare for the exam? 

Extensive industry readings and through review of the ABAA CABS Study Manual. 

What is the study manual? 

The CABS study manual was created to give you a total grounding in all aspects of air barrier information. This includes lab and field testing, chemical compatibilities, job site and architectural details. 

Who authored the study guide? 

The ABAA staff along with input from the ABAA technical and research committees. 

I want to become a Certified Air Barrier Specialist.  What’s next?

Join our informational  WEBINAR  on Thursday September 10th, 1 p.m. ET.  This will officially launch the CABS program and will outline next steps.

Is there a fee to become certified?

Yes, the fee is $250 for members and $400 non-members and is paid during registration.  The Course Study Guide is $99 and can be downloaded after registration.

How is the exam administered?

The exam is proctored and administered online by a third party. There will be between 145-171 multiple choice questions. The passing grade for the exam is 80%.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, you will receive both an electronic and printed/embossed certificate.  There is also an option to purchase a decorative plaque for an additional charge.