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HVAC/R Certified Technician (Voucher and Tools Included)   

If you want to take your HVAC/R career to the next level, this course uses hands-on service call simulations to prepare you for the industry-recognized HVAC Excellence or NATE certification exams.



Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
  • Optional simulations require a 64-bit operating system

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

*Optional simulations are not screen reader or keyboard accessible. Simulation activities are not meant to be experienced on mobile devices. Personal computers should be used for these activities.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, by Silberstein, Obrzut, Tomczyk, Whitman, and Johnson.

The following material will be available online:

  • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology PDF
  • EPA Section 608 Preparatory Manual - Optional Resource

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

In addition to the texts listed above, you will also receive the HVAC/R Certified Technician's Tool Kit:

  • The 66-piece tool kit includes a trades tool backpack with 44 pockets, featuring the following items:
    • 13pc socket wrench set
    • 12pc hex key set
    • 11pc wrench set
    • 3 screwdrivers
    • 3 wrenches
    • 2 pliers
    • 2 snips
    • 1 nut driver
    • 1 swagging kit
    • 1 long nose stripper
    • 1 awl
    • 1 set of shears
    • 1 hammer
    • 1 hand crimper
    • 1 sheet metal tree scribe
    • 1 notcher
    • 1 seamer
    • 1 telescopic tube cutter
    • 1 tape measure
    • 1 set of safety glasses
    • 1 digital manifold
    • 1 scientific calculator
    • 1 multimeter
    • 1 thermometer
    • 1 fast-flo hose set
    • 1 digital vacuum gauge

Material Fees are non-refundable upon registration.

Please note: Due to the high cost of these items, tools will not be shipped until 10 days after your start date.


If you have more than a year of HVAC/R experience, this course will prepare you for the next step—certification. HVAC/R technicians are in demand, but certified technicians can earn more and have better career opportunities.

This HVAC certification online course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to maintain and troubleshoot complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. You will be provided with hands-on guidance through videos, reading assignments, service call simulations, and practical applications.

With content aligning with the latest industry standards, you will be prepared for the HVAC Excellence or North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification exams by the end of this HVAC training course. You will also receive a voucher package to take the HVAC Excellence exams. You can even get EPA certified through the Section 608 Technician Certification. However, please research your state's requirements prior to enrollment to ensure this course is the right fit for you.

As an added bonus, you will be provided with your own 66-piece tool kit, including a trades tool backpack featuring pliers, wrenches, multimeter, and more – all included in your course registration. This toolkit features tools from well-known tool manufacturers like Channel Lock, Klein Tools, and MidWest.

Certification Exams

By course completion, you will be fully prepared to sit for the HVAC Excellence Core and Professional Technician exams, the NATE Core and Specialty Test exams, and the EPA 608 certification exam.

Upon completion of this course, you will receive an HVAC Excellence ESCO Group Voucher Package that includes:

  • 1 Principals of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory (Core)* exam voucher
  • 1 Professional Technician exam voucher (Residential Air Conditioning recommended)
  • 1 EPA 608 exam voucher

*To sit for the HVAC Excellence Core exam, you must provide two years of documented work experience. Exam proctor fees may apply.

Additionally, this course aligns with the following Professional Technician specialty areas (vouchers are not included for the exams below):

  • Principals of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory
  • Residential Air Conditioning
  • Gas Heat
  • Electric Heat
  • Heat Pump Installer
  • Heat Pump Service
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration

*Proctor fees may apply


  1. Introduction
    1. Heat, Temperature, and Pressure
    2. Matter and Energy
    3. Refrigeration and Refrigerants
  2. Safety, Tools and Equipment, and Shop Practices
    1. General Safety Practices
    2. Tools and Equipment
    3. Fasteners
    4. Tubing and Piping
    5. Leak Detection, System Evacuation, and System Cleanup
    6. Refrigeration and Oil Chemistry and Management – Recovery, Recycling, and Reclaiming, and Retrofitting
    7. System Charging
    8. Calibrating Instruments
    9. Simulation: Safety Quiz
    10. Simulation: Soft Skills Quiz
  3. Automatic Controls
    1. Basic Electricity and Magnetism
    2. Introduction to Automatic Controls
    3. Automatic Control Components and Applications
    4. Troubleshooting Basic Controls
    5. Advanced Automatic Controls-Direct Digital Controls (DDCs) and Pneumatics
  4. Electric Motors
    1. Types of Electric Motors
    2. Application of Motors
    3. Motor Controls
    4. Troubleshooting Electric Motors
  5. Commercial Refrigeration, Part 1
    1. Evaporators and the Refrigeration System
    2. Condensers
    3. Compressors
  6. Commercial Refrigeration, Part 2
    1. Expansion Devices
    2. Special Refrigeration Systems
    3. Commercial Ice Machines
  7. Commercial Refrigeration, Part 3
    1. Special Refrigeration Applications
    2. Troubleshooting and Typical Operating Conditions for Commercial Refrigeration
  8. Air-Conditioning (Heating and Humidification)
    1. Electric Heat
    2. Gas Heat
    3. Oil Heat
    4. Hydronic Heat
    5. Indoor Air Quality
  9. Air-Conditioning (Cooling)
    1. Comfort and Psychometrics
    2. Refrigeration Applied to Air-Conditioning
    3. Air Distribution and Balance
    4. Installation
    5. Residential Energy Auditing
    6. Typical Conditions
    7. Troubleshooting
  10. All-Weather Systems
    1. Heat Gains and Heat Losses in Structures
    2. Air Source Heat Pumps
    3. Geothermal Heat Pumps
  11. Domestic Appliances
    1. Domestic Refrigerators and Freezers
    2. Room Air Conditioners
    3. Commercial Air-Conditioning and Chilled-Water Systems
    4. High-Pressure, Low-Pressure, and Absorption Chilled-Water Systems
    5. Cooling Towers and Pumps
    6. Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting of Chilled-Water Air-Conditioning Systems
    7. Commercial, Packaged Rooftop, Variable Refrigerant Flow, and Variable Air Volume Systems
  12. Simulation Challenge Mode: HVAC
  13. Simulation Challenge Mode: Electricity for HVAC
  14. Soft Skills and the HVACR Technician
    1. Communication
    2. Decision-Making
    3. Time Management
    4. Problem Solving
    5. Accepting Responsibility

What you will learn

  • HVAC certification online course
  • Understand the procedures and criteria needed to conduct a residential energy audit
  • Four basic components that make up the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle
  • Functions and desired characteristics of system refrigerants
  • Demonstrate piping operations typically performed by the air conditioning technician
  • Properly installing and operating an air-conditioning system
  • Latest advances and trends in green technology
  • EPA laws governing safe refrigerant handling and transport
  • Recovering, recycling, reclaiming, and retrofitting refrigerants

How you will benefit

  • Be prepared to sit for the NATE certification exams
  • Be prepared to sit for the HVAC Excellence certification exams
  • Be prepared to sit for the EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling exam
  • Use real-world simulations included in this course to get "hands-on" experience
  • Soft skills simulations included in the course will help sharpen your customer service skills
  • You will be given a 66-piece tool kit to help ensure you launch your career with the tools needed for success
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

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.

For A Limited Time!

Enrolled students can enter to win a free all-expenses paid trip to Tampa, Florida, for the 2023 IDEAL National Championship Finals in November 2023. You can network with peers and see the best electrical, automotive, and HVAC professionals in North America go head-to-head for over $600,000 in cash and prizes. Ask your enrollment representative for more information!

 
  • HVAC/R Certified Technician (Voucher and Tools Included)
  • Fee: $4,395.00
    Dates: 7/1/2024 - 9/30/2024

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