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How to Get HVACR Certification

Oct 13, 2022 ·

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Did you know? Many types of jobs, from teaching to counseling to nursing, require certification for people to legally work in that profession in their chosen state.

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry also requires certification for many of its professionals. That’s because HVACR technicians (also known as HVAC technicians) can work with potentially dangerous materials that require special handling to help keep technicians and customers safe.

HVACR certification is a common expectation in the industry. The good news is, when you complete an HVACR training program, you may be able to earn some certifications while you’re in school. That means that as soon as you graduate, you’ll be ready to use your HVAC technician certificate to apply for jobs and get to work.1

Learn more about what HVACR technician certification is, why it’s important and how to become HVAC certified so you can pursue a career.

What Is HVAC Certification? Why Is It Important?

HVACR certification confirms that the proper training and testing requirements have been met, which indicates that a technician can perform specific duties safely and according to industry standards. HVACR certifications are provided by accredited, industry-recognized organizations that have created on-the-job standards for HVAC technicians.

HVACR certification matters for a variety of reasons. The most important is that it may be the law, depending on the work of the HVACR tech and which state they work in. For example, any technician who maintains, disposes of, services or repairs equipment that deals with refrigerants must have the Section 608 Technician Certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

HVACR technician certification also helps bolster the strength of an employer’s workforce. It can add credibility and reassure clients that technicians have the knowledge and skills to execute their duties safely and responsibly.

The Benefits of HVACR Technician Certification

You may be wondering about the benefits of HVACR technician certification. Consider these advantages:

  • HVACR certification may be a job requirement. If you’re going to work with refrigerants, you’ll need to be certified in most cases. Also, some companies only consider certified applicants. HVAC certification expands the number of jobs you’re qualified for.
  • HVACR certification can make you stand out as an applicant. Many employers prefer candidates who can jump right into work without having to go through extensive on-the-job training. Without certification, a technician could create delays for the work they’re scheduled to do.
  • You can add HVACR certifications to a résumé and LinkedIn profile. Some employers use online tools like LinkedIn or an applicant tracking system to scan applicants for certain keywords, including which certifications they have. For example, an employer may search for a specific certification to find candidates on LinkedIn or filter out résumés that don’t have a specific certification. HVACR certifications can help you rise to the top of online applicant results for open jobs.
  • HVACR certification helps prepare you for the industry. When you work toward a certification, you can learn the proper steps and techniques to work on equipment and materials safely and responsibly. That can help give you a confidence boost and help you feel more prepared.
  • HVACR certification could help you grow your career. Generally, the more certifications you obtain, the more your knowledge expands. HVACR certifications can help you develop your skills and expertise, which can help you accelerate your future in the industry.

HVACR certification helps show employers you’ve learned specific knowledge and you’ve retained it to pass the required certification exams. You’ve learned about the skills you need to succeed on the job, so you can feel confident as you enter the field.1

Common Types of HVACR Certifications

There are several HVACR certifications to consider. Here’s a rundown of prominent ones in the industry.

  • Section 608 Technician Certification: As mentioned, this certification from the EPA is required for anyone who works with refrigerants. There’s also the R-410A Certification, which is based on handling Refrigerant 410A, a near-azeotropic refrigerant that behaves similarly to an azeotropic refrigerant.

  • North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certifications: NATE certifications are based on knowledge areas of technician expertise and show that a certified technician has met certain competency requirements for HVACR skills.
  • OHSA 10-Hour Training: This training focuses on general construction safety. It benefits HVACR professionals, since HVACR technicians may work on construction sites or as part of larger teams on construction projects.
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Respect in the Workplace training: This training can benefit HVACR technicians, as it focuses on harassment prevention. Since HVAC technicians frequently work directly with customers and clients, employers can promote this training to their clients to ensure customers are treated with respect and care during services.

You can complete training and get certified in many of the above areas when you complete our HVACR training program. Once you’re certified and trained, you can add those credentials to your résumé, LinkedIn profile and job applications.

Steps to Get HVAC Technician Certification

Now that you know some of the HVACR certifications employers are looking for, how can you get certified?

  1. Research job requirements. If you’re interested in working in the HVACR industry, it’s helpful to research job requirements for positions you’re interested in. What kind of education does the employer prefer? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many employers typically prefer applicants with postsecondary education. Look at what certifications are required and/or preferred.
  2. Attend HVACR school. This is one of the easiest ways to get HVACR training and to get certified in the process. Many training programs model their curriculum based on industry certification requirements. You’ll learn the skills you need to get certified and succeed in an entry-level role. You may even be able to get certified before you graduate.
  3. Follow certification directions. Typically, most certifications require passing an exam so you can demonstrate your knowledge in the area that’s tested. Some of these exams are open book. Other certifying boards will outline the exact info you’ll be tested on so you can study. If you hate tests and exams, don’t worry. In school, your instructors are there to help you prepare, so you’re confident come exam time.

Once you’re certified, pay attention to renewal requirements. You may be required to become recertified after a certain time period.

In the meantime, you can use your certifications to bolster your strength as an applicant as you apply for HVACR jobs.

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Get HVAC Certified

How long does it take to become HVAC certified?

You can earn major HVACR certifications in less than a year. If you complete a postsecondary training program like the BLS recommends, you can often train for many of the certifications while you’re in school and be certified by the time you graduate.

Is a career in HVACR worth it?

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration are essential services throughout the country. HVACR technicians work for businesses, hospitals, homeowners, restaurants, schools, you name it. If you enjoy working with your hands, want to work a physical job where you’re on the move, and love solving problems, you might enjoy a career in HVACR.

Is HVACR hard to learn?

We’ve had many students who come into the HVACR program with absolutely zero knowledge about the industry. They graduate ready to begin entry-level careers as HVACR technicians.1 You can master HVACR skills and techniques in a hands-on, state-of-the-industry lab environment. You’ll get to practice on real equipment using proper safety methods. If you’re motivated and work hard, you could become an HVACR technician.

Learn More About the HVACR Industry

Our HVACR training program, which is coming to UTI, helps students obtain entry-level positions in the HVACR field.1 They learn the skills needed to test for relevant HVACR certifications. Experienced instructors with real-world skills are available to help.

To learn how to complete HVACR training and prepare to test for certification in less than a year, request HVACR school information.

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