Designer Certificate Program -Protocol Option

SBA’s Designer Certificate program will teach students to create controls submittals and designs that get approved the first time in 120 to 150 days.
Price $6,380.00 Price $6,680.00

In 120-150 days, our designer track will teach you how to create controls submittals and designs that get approved the first time. Submittals are the lifeblood of building automation projects. Without approved submittals, you cannot start ordering materials or executing projects. Yet the controls designer role continues to be a bottleneck at most companies with the average BAS designer taking 5+ years to train. Students get to choose from two options for the Design Certificate Program: IT Option or Protocol Option

Our Designer Certificate Program helps students to:

  • Independently design controls submittals from scratch in as little as 3 months
  • Complete all training online
  • Go from zero knowledge to managing the submittal design process in less than 120 days.

Moving Through the Certificate Program - The Curriculum:

Students will follow the curriculum below to complete the Designer Certificate Program. The Protocol Option includes the following 4 courses. Please click the titles of the courses below to learn more about them.


1. Building Automation Fundamentals - BAS100 will teach students:

  • How a BAS works
  • Common controls modes
  • Control theory and practices

2. Control Sequence Fundamentals - BAS200 will teach:

  • How to interpret HVAC sequencing into controls theory
  • How to think from a systems perspective in order to effectively implement control sequences.


3. BAS Protocol Bootcamp - BAS210 provides an understanding of:

  • BACnet
  • Lon
  • Modbus

4. BAS Advanced Design - DES100 covers how to:

  • Review construction documents

  • Create controls submittals

  • Engineer system and controller layouts

  • Create closeout documents.


Program Benefits

  • Eligible for a total of 5.3 CEU credits upon completion of all 4 courses
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Fully online
  • Regularly updated course material
  • Live weekly office hours
  • Access to all course material for (1) one full year

Not sure which Designer Certificate Program option to choose? Give us a shout and we'll help you find the perfect program.


Product SKU DES-PROT210

All sales are final and non-refundable. All licenses are for one (1) individual and are non-transferable without the express written permission of Smart Buildings Academy, LLC. Invoices are to be paid within 10 days (NET 10) of receipt. Course enrollments are for one (1) year unless otherwise specified.


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Upon receiving your login credentials, you have 365 days of access to the course. 

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