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Certified HVAC/R Technician

HVAC man servicing AC  unit

Become a Certified HVAC/R Technician

New construction is fueling the industry, so there’s no better time to enter the HVAC/R field. This course will prepare you to earn NATE or HVAC Excellence certification in under 12 months! You’ll master core skills like accurate measurement and conversions, heat carrying capacity, condensation and vaporization, and air weight and value.

Job Outlook for Certified HVAC/R Technicians

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment of HVAC/R technicians is expected to grow 13% during the next few years, which equals 46,300 new jobs! The BLS also states that the average salary for these developers is just under $49,000 per year with top earners making nearly $78,000.

Certified HVAC/R Technician FAQs

WHAT DOES AN HVAC/R TECHNICIAN DO?

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians, also called installers or mechanics, work on the systems that control the temperature, humidity, and quality of the air in our homes, workplaces, and all other types of buildings.

DO HVAC/R TECHNICIANS NEED A CERTIFICATION?

Many states require that HVAC/R technicians have a license before they are able to work independently. NATE and HVAC Excellence certifications are widely recognized both in the field and by customers seeking service.

DOES THIS COURSE PREPARE ME FOR CERTIFICATION?

Yes. This HVACR Technician Certification course will prepare you for the HVAC Excellence Core and Professional Technician certifications exams, the NATE Core and Specialty Test certification exams, and the EPA Section 608 certification exam.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE A CERTIFIED HVACR TECHNICIAN COURSE?

This Certified HVAC/R Technician course can be completed in 12 months or less and it will help you:

  • Build a strong foundation of HVACR service, repair, and maintenance
  • Prepare to sit for the NATE certification exams
  • Prepare to sit for the HVAC Excellence certification exams
  • Prepare to sit for the EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling exam

Course Objectives

  • Understand basic components of the vapor-compression and refrigeration cycles, functions and characteristics of system refrigerants, piping operations
  • Learn proper installation and operation of HVAC systems
  • Understand EPA laws related to safe handling and transport of refrigerants
  • Proper recovery, recycling, and retrofitting of refrigerants

Prerequisites and Requirements

This course is designed for HVACR technicians with one-to-two years of industry experience. A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is 100% online. Start anytime.

Instructor

Mike Baker

Mike Baker has been an instructor since 2011. Previously, he was HVAC Program Director at both Virginia College and Vista College. Baker was an HVAC technician for several decades and has experience hiring, training, and managing HVAC Technicians. He holds numerous HVAC Excellence certifications, several Green Mechanical Council certifications, an EPA 608 Universal certification, and Emerson Climate Technology certifications. He has served as both an HVAC Excellence Instructor and Exam Proctor.