A Guide to HVAC Training

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a professional Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) contractor? If you have a desire to work outdoors and indoors, want to work face-to-face with people on a daily basis, and are tech-savvy, this may be the job for you! Before you begin your career, you will need to obtain the proper knowledge in order to become efficient and successful in your field. Here is a list of the schooling and certified HVAC contractors can receive:

HVAC Training Schools

A professional HVAC contractor should have proper certification through your state. There is a license that is granted to HVAC contractors once they have completed the necessary training, and a status of the license is kept available through your local state's licensing department. The schooling can be completed at local training centers or even online through certain technician schools. The length of the schooling may depend on the instituion. 

EPA 608 Certification

The EPA 608 certification is a certification required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for any HVAC contractor who will be accessing any system that stores refrigerant, such as the type of coolant used in air conditioning units. If you are a HVAC contractor, you cannot obtain any refrigerants without having the EPA 608 certification. A written exam is required to receive the certification.

NATE Certification

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is a nationally recognized and adds a degree of respect and validation to your HVAC experience to potential clients. It is not a required certification, but if you do choose to receive the NATE certification, you need to pass a knowledge test.

HVAC Excellence

The HVAC Excellence certification is very similar to the NATE. You can earn a professional level and a master specialist level for this certification. The professional level requires two years of field experience and passing a comprehension exam. The master specialist requires three years field experience and proof of passing the professional level exam.

There is a lot of hard work that goes into being a HVAC contractor. You will have a lot of knowledge and skills to gain throughout your training and career. You will need to gain a good reputation in the areas that you will be working, so that people will want you to come back and spread your name around town. To learn more, contact services such as I C E Heating & Cooling.