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Abundant Professional Certification Choices in HVAC

Have You Thought about These Professional Certification Options?

From Hydronic to Green Awareness Certification, HVACR technicians with two years of verified field experience and a passing score on the Core Exam can obtain professional level certification. Professional level certifications are earned by passing closed-book comprehensive written exams administered by approved test administrators. Each certification signifies to employers and clientele alike that the technician has achieved high-level competency and knowledge in a particular classification; the credential means that you're no amateur.
 
Interesting Possibilities to Consider
 
  • Universal R-410A Certification - R410A operates at considerably higher pressures than R22 and requires the use of special tanks, gauges and recovery equipment. R-410A systems employ thicker-walled tubing, newly developed compressors, and higher grade oil that require different installation and service procedures. Technicians must understand the safe handling, proper charging procedures, and operating characteristics of R410A systems.
  • Green Awareness Certification - Specification, application and use of products that reduce the amount of carbon are considered to be "Green."  Green buildings incorporate a green infrastructure which is made up of plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems that have green components or produce green results.  Several considerations are given to green buildings such as the site selection; quality and conservation of water; systems, materials and resources; energy efficiency; and indoor environmental quality.  The exam consists of Green concepts, systems, terminology, products, and how mechanical technicians interact with green systems.
  • Gas Heat Certification - Gas heat systems have changed dramatically in the past few years. Many of the new high efficiency gas heating units employ electronic ignitions systems, variable speed motors, and a myriad of electrical controls. In addition to a solid foundation in the theory and operation of older existing systems, today's technician must possess the skills to service these newer systems to ensure safe and trouble free and efficient operation. Gas Heat Certification indicates that a technician possesses an in depth knowledge of all types of gas heat units and their control systems.   (Prerequisite: Core Exam)
  • Residential and Light Commercial Low Pressure Hydronic Heat Certification - Hydronic heating systems use hot water to carry heat to occupied spaces. Today's systems employ various piping arrangements to allow for zoned heat control. Many of these zoned systems use micro-processor controls to allow different heat levels to the areas being heated. The heat exchange units vary from stand up radiators, to baseboard units, or in-floor radiant heat systems. These complex systems require highly competent technicians.  (Prerequisite: Core Exam)

For more certification ideas or to find a certification location, visit www.hvacexcellence.org.
By Neil Whitehall
Get HVAC Jobs, Contributing Editor

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