There are 3 important certifications that a student of HVAC can earn to increase their chances of landing a job or furthering their career as an HVAC technician.
3 Important HVAC Certifications
- NATE Certification – North American Technician Excellence certification is probably the most well known and respected of the Certifications. To attain it you have to pass a knowledge-based exam, which basically means you actually have to know how to install and fix HVAC units quickly and efficiently. To be NATE Certified is a true accomplishment and Tech’s are highly regarded in the job marketplace.
- EPA 608 Certification – There are 3 levels to the EPA 608 certification. Level 1 allows an HVAC technician to handle small appliances that contain less than 5 pounds of refrigerants (like a refridgerator). Level 2 allows the HVAC tech to deal with high pressure refrigerants. Level 3 allows the handling of low pressure refrigerants.
- Excellence Certification – This certification is two-tiered; the professional level and the master specialist. To earn the professional level you must have a minimum of two years in the field and pass an exam in specialties like residential AC repair. To be a master specialist you must have 3 years of experience and a passing score on the exam.
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