HVAC Excellence Certification

HVAC Excellence Certification provides national recognition of a technician's skill levels. It is a comprehensive series of exams built around a universally accepted benchmark of technical expertise. The various levels of certification allow HVAC Excellence to be very specific in fulfilling the demand for qualified personnel, and in projection of a professional image.

The Core Exam is required as a prerequisite to all other exams. 


Due to regional and climatic variations, and in order to make the exams more detailed, Heating Systems Certifications are not packaged as one test. The heat exams are divided into five types: Gas heat, Electric heat, Oil heat, Residential and Light Commercial Low Pressure Radiant Heat, and the Carbon Monoxide Safety Association's (COSA) approved Carbon Monoxide and Combustion Analysis exam. Technicians may choose any or all of the five categories.


By providing a multi-tiered program, a technician is both rewarded for accomplishments and is also motivated to advance. Each level of certification covers the skills necessary to instill confidence in the technician's competencies, improve their proficiency on each job assignment, and projects an image of professionalism to their customers. 


Certifications Offered:

1. Core Exam - Principles of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory Certification (Pre-requisite to all other Certification) 

About the certification: This certification has been designed to directly address the needs of the HVACR technician who has the responsibility of installing, servicing, troubleshooting, and repairing the various electrical circuits and refrigeration components of today's HVAC systems. Because the vast majority of knowledge needed electrical and refrigeration basic principles has been selected as the prerequisite for all other certifications in the HVAC Excellence program. Other certifications contain questions that are specific to that type of equipment or discipline. 

2. Residential Air Conditioning Certification 
Split Systems Packaged Terminal A/C Window/ Sleeve Units 

About the certification: Air Conditioning Certification establishes a basis for all other residential certifications involving the vapor compression refrigeration system. Today's systems use new refrigerants and oils compared to units built just a few years ago.


A properly maintained system by a qualified technician should deliver years of trouble free operation. However, improper services or failure of one simple component will almost always lead to catastrophic failure of the system. The Principles of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory is prerequisite to the Air Conditioning Certification. 


3. Light Commercial Air Conditioning Certification 

About the certification: Commercial air conditioning technicians will be faced with a variety of equipment and systems. It is important to remember that all of the equipment has certain components and functions that are common to all refrigeration and A/C devices. Commercial buildings may experience high occupancy and contain a variety of equipment leading to indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns. This certification addresses the unique issues involved in the service and maintenance of light commercial air conditioning systems up to 20 tons.

4. Light Commercial Refrigeration Certification 

About the certification: The commercial refrigeration technician will be faced with a variety of equipment and an equal variety of troubleshooting and service situations. It is important to remember that all of the equipment has certain components and functions that are common to all refrigeration and A/C devices. Knowing how a system or component is supposed to function under typical conditions will greatly aid in solving malfunctions.



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