HVAC Certification Review
There are several organizations that offer certification to HVACR technicians. These organizations require candidates to pass exams to earn certification. To become certified, a candidate typically has to have at least 1 year of installation experience and 2 years of maintenance and repair experience.
No matter what exam you take, there are certain things which will help you be better prepared. To start with, you should create a study plan and follow it. Ideally you will start studying at least a couple months ahead of time. Even experienced HVACR technicians can fail a written exam so it is critical that you create and follow a plan. Your plan should begin months before the test and should continue to the day of the test.
Most HVAC Excellence exams require a 70% score to pass. The results are reported with a percentage correct, as well as with a determination of pass/fail. Test-takers who take a computer-based test get their results immediately upon finishing the exam. Those who take a paper/pencil formatted test will receive their results in the mail five to seven business days after the exam. If one fails the exam, there are no restrictions on retaking the exam.
With about 6 times more certifications awarded than any other certifying body, the rest of this review will focus on HVAC Excellence.
The questions are based on industry standards and offer a comprehensive coverage of the fundamental subject matter found on most HVACR certification exams.
- assessment of broad based HVACR knowledge
- practice in the various specialty areas
- a good opportunity for practicing test taking skills and learning the subject matter
Summary of Typical HVACR Certification Exams:
What: HVACR exams are part of the certification process for HVACR technicians which identifies the scope and level of a technician's competency in core and specialty areas.
Where: HVACR certification exams are typically administered at various testing centers, schools and other locations throughout the United States.
When: There are various times throughout the year so check with the exam provider for information.
Why: Certification programs improve technical competency and safety allowing technicians to demonstrate competency and earn more money.
Type: Multiple choice, in both computer-based and paper/pencil formats.
Time: Time varies. The average time is 2 hours.