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FAQs

Learn more about becoming an ABAA Certified Air Barrier Specialist

CABS Program

A Knowledge-Based Certification Program A Project-Based Quality Assessment Program

Person-Focused

Job-Focused
Knowledge-Based Project-Based

Exam-Assessed

Audit-Assessed

Certified

Approved

The ISO 17024 requires ABAA to review the manual every year and change as needed. The study manual is a living document and the plan is to edit and maintain this document once a year. An exam assessment is done to make sure that questions are working and users of the exam are passing questions and that questions are current and rotated throughout the exam.

No, however, what you are expected to know are the general national codes. You should know your IECC, particularly chapter 4, which is part of the exam.

CABS is not part of the auditing program. The other distinctions for installers and auditors are for quality assurance and testing for quality and proper installation. The focus of the installers and auditors are job site dependent while CABS is working with the design professionals to share knowledge to their clients.

Contact Roy Schauffeleat (Roys@division7.com) or call him at 210-859-3749.

Certification

By having an Air Barrier Specialist certification from an accredited organization like the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), 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.

Anyone who advises architects, owners, installers, inspectors/auditors and other building stakeholders in the use, design and installation of air barriers. Typically this includes the following types of professionals:

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

The certification is valid for a period of 2 years, at which point renewal is required.  Renewal does not require a retest, just a proof of ABAA and AIA LUs/CEUs. After that, every six years a Certified Air Barrier Specialist must recertify to confirm continued compliance of the certified person. This will require a written exam, among other requirements.

Yes, the fee is $495 for members and $650 non-members and is paid during registration.  The Course Study Guide is $100 for members and $150 for non-members and can be purchased during registration and available for download on your student dashboard (once registered).

Yes, you will receive both an electronic and an embossed certificate with a plaque.

Yes as well as any other groups that have air barrier knowledge. We recommend that any and all building construction manufacturer employees be certified so that they can bring their extensive air barrier knowledge to their clients.

No it does not. It involves the accumulation of a variety of accredited learning units. It is similar to CSI and USGBC, in terms of submitting learning units to maintain your certification.

Yes it is possible because it’s measuring your knowledge of air barrier technology. It is recommended to have field experience as it will be more beneficial in passing the exam.

Yes but it does lean more towards commercial. At this time, very little air barrier technology is used for residential but it is growing.

Absolutely! If you took one ABAA learning unit once a month, for your three year renewal period, you would exceed the amount of credits required.

Preparing for the Exam

To best prepare for the certification exam, we recommend extensive industry readings and a thorough review of the ABAA CABS Study Manual and Program Handbook.

The ABAA 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.

The CABS study manual was created by ABAA staff along with input from the ABAA technical and research committees.

Yes, you can get the manual ahead of time. You can purchase and download the PDF for your review immediately after signing up for the exam.

CABS is a new program so, currently, there are no study groups formed. It may expand to providing available study groups in the future but the program is too early for those groups to be formed. You can download the handbook to review the best way to prepare for the exam.

This can vary person-to-person. The average amount of time can be considered at 3-4 hours each weekend for about 3-4 weeks.

Certification Exam

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

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No. No books, print outs, or other materials are allowed on your desk during the online proctored exam.

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%.

To validate the test we discovered that the vast majority of ABAA members, who took the exam without the study guide, scored between 74 and 79. We highly recommend using the study guide and reading of additional outside materials as it will allow you to pass the exam with a score of 80 or higher. The program is flexible so there is no requirement as to when you take the exam and we highly recommend that you use the study guide to prepare for the exam. ABAA provides multiple study resources that will contribute to your successful passing of the exam.

There will be shortly as the ABAA is working on launching a new website and providing a list of CABS specialists with their contact information. They will post this online as soon as they are able and an email will be sent out to notify current members. Sign up now to receive the ABAA CABS newsletter.

For more information about the CABS program, contact Roy Schauffele, Senior CABS Advisor, at roys@division7.com or call him at 210-859-3749.