The Building Controls Professional Assessment (BCPA) is designed to assess practical ability and professional knowledge. It is a two day test which has both practical and written elements.

Before taking the BCPA, it is important that candidates complete the BCPA Candidate Self Assessment Checklist. (Please print out and complete). This should be done by the candidate and signed off by their employer. The checklist identifies areas for extra training before taking the Assessment. You will not be permitted to take the BCPA without a signed Checklist.


  • Designed by the BCIA membership and National Electrotechnical Training (NET) on behalf of the building controls industry. The BCIA worked with NET because this is the organisation that oversees the electricians’ assessment, the AM2, which has achieved an outstanding reputation as a method for assessing practical knowledge.
  • BCIA members worked on a voluntary basis to put the assessment together.
  • Equipment for the new test bays has been donated by several member companies, including Western Automation, Trend, Siemens Building Technologies, and Belimo.
  • The BCPA is an assessment of knowledge and competence in the installation, commissioning and testing of building controls and BEMS, and is based on competencies developed during the BEMS NVQ Diploma.
  • It is a two day assessment which covers three main areas: installation and commissioning; fault-finding; and a multiple choice test which assesses knowledge of BEMS-related areas such as legislation and energy efficiency issues.
  • NET is now the guardian of the BCPA test, and any future test centres must be licensed by NET, and meet their rigorous standards.