HVAC apprentices will have a chance to prove their skills at this fall’s PHCC annual convention. 

For the first time, the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association’s educational foundation will add an HVAC category to its annual plumbing apprentice contest. Both competitions will take place Oct. 16-17 as part of the association’s Connect trade show. 

The competition will consist of pressure and leak testing, refrigerant recovery, diagnosis and a written exam. 

It’s the right time to add an HVAC category to the 20-year-old plumbing competition, said Merry Beth Hall, the foundation’s director of apprentice and journeyman training.

With up to 95 million baby boomers either retiring or changing work focus, the HVAC industry is in critical demand for skilled workers to meet the labor needs,” Hall said. “The HVAC apprentice contest will go a long way in inspiring not only the competing apprentices, but also countless others in attendance at Connect who may be considering an HVAC career.”

Details on the contest are available at http://tinyurl.com/kykplkl