If you want to become an heat, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technician, you must usually first pass a HVAC certification course. Licensing and certification requirements vary from state to state and, depending on where you live, they may include education, testing and/or experience in your chosen field.
State Licensing Information
The HVAC certification program in which the professional enrolls will depend on the state they live in. Some require that they take several HVAC certification exams in one particular area, or to focus on a specific type of machine or other component. Others want their students to enroll in HVAC certification programs that prepare them for entry-level positions upon completion of the program.
No matter where get certified, HVAC certification programs usually focus on topics such as:
- Installation and maintenance of HVAC systems in residential and commercial buildings
- Testing air quality
- Mechanics of climate control and temperature control systems
- Refrigeration and heating principles
- Fans, thermostats, ducts and other electronic parts
- Year-round maintenance of HVAC systems
One can train and study through tech schools, universities, or even online. The best course for preparing for HVAC certification is through accredited training.
HVAC certifications are not uniformly determined by one umbrella organization. Every area of the HVAC industry encourages, promotes and values certified technicians, because it demonstrates that they have mastered the wide range of HVAC duties. The North American Technician Excellence board (NATE) promotes certain types of training and testing, and a program or course recognized by NATE is usually the best bet. Many organizations, both physical and online, offer tests that carry this standard that the HVAC industry values.
Taking the Test
The student can often be tested by the same organization where they have completed the course of study. In some states, they may be required to have it administered by a state regulations commission or electrical board. As it has become the industry standard, taking the NATE HVAC qualification test is often all most employers look for. The exams can be administered at a local venue or online.
Why HVAC Certification
For anyone looking to become a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning specialist, obtaining certification is a great way to show prospective employers their competency. The credentials they achieve demonstrate a wide range of skills, and certified HVAC technicians have wider opportunities than those who are not certified, including working as system test and balance specialists, cost estimators, or building superintendents.
All our technicians are HVAC certified and trained. We would be more than happy to work on your heating and air conditioning requirements. Contact us today for more information.