HVAC Excellence launches hands-on certification
HVAC Excellence introduced its new Master Specialist certification for HVAC technicians, requiring them to pass a written test and a hands-on exam.
According to HVAC Excellence, the hands-on exam proves that a technician has more than just retained knowledge by testing their skills firsthand.
Technicians can earn the master-specialist designation in the areas of residential air conditioning, gas heat, oil heat, heat pumps, light-commercial air conditioning, light-commercial refrigeration, low-pressure radiant heat, and combustion analysis. A technician may test in any or all of these areas.
For testing procedures, a test administrator is provided with specific criterion to observe. Each area of certification has specific tasks with time allotments per task. The typical hands-on certification test takes four to six hours to complete. The proctor is a certified professional observer who records the actions of test takers and submits these observations to HVAC Excellence.
To qualify for the master-specialist designation, a technician must have a minimum of three years of field experience and achieve a passing score on a related HVAC Excellence written professional-level technician certification.
There are currently 14 instructors that have been certified by HVAC Excellence as professional observers. For more information on where technicians can take the hands-on exam, testing dates and fees, call (800) 394-5268 or visit www.hvacexcellence.org.