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HVACR Certified Technician

Do you love working with your hands? Do you want to work in an industry where there are always new things to learn? The HVACR industry (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) is one of the most reliable career choices you can make, as there is currently a shortage of technicians with HVACR certifications in the U.S. Our HVACR Certified Technician program will help you embark on the path to nationally recognized certifications, whether you want to start a career or already work in the industry and want higher accreditation.

When you take HVACR training from ed2go, you can be confident you are learning the latest techniques and cutting-edge technologies that are used in the industry today. From residential buildings to offices, hospitals, and retail, your career options are endless, and when it comes to credentials, the sky is the limit.

Our HVACR training program is a unique, all-inclusive online course. Once you complete a basic training and pass the initial qualification exam, you can expand your accreditation and prepare for the air conditioning specialty certification exam. Do all of this while you build a solid foundation of industry-related skills and prepare for the first stage of the industry-recognized HVACR Certified Technician process.

This program is truly all-encompassing, because as part of your HVACR training cost, you will receive paid vouchers to take the exams that lead to the most significant industry certifications. At the end of our course, you’ll be fully prepared to enter the industry as a vetted working professional. Enroll in HVAC school today to begin building your career!

1 Years / 265 Course Hrs
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HVACR Certified Technician Details + Objective

Course Code: GES705

You Will Learn
  • The foundational concepts of the industry, including measurements and basic math skills.
  • How to use tools and work with electricity safely.
  • Concepts and theories such as basic electric motor theory, heat transfer, and refrigeration.
  • How to install, operate, design, and troubleshoot heating and cooling systems.
How the course is taught
  • Our HVACR training course is entirely online and is self-paced, so you can advance your career on your own terms.
  • You will receive 12 months to complete the program.
  • You will have 60 days of access to each module within the program.
How you will benefit
  • You will be prepared to sit for the EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Exam, the R-410A Refrigerant Handling Qualification, and your choice of Excellence or NATE certification tracks.
  • Exam vouchers are included, and you’ll receive help arranging a place and time for your exams.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion to prove your new knowledge.
HVACR Certified Technician Outline
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Lesson 1: Fundamentals

In the first lesson, you’ll learn why measurements are important and get an introduction to the ins and outs of the industry. We’ll also review heat, pressure, gas works, and air works.
 

Lesson 2: Math Review

The second lesson will focus on building a foundation in math, learning about whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.

​​​​​​​Lesson 3: Safety

This lesson will teach you all about labels, materials safety data sheets, and safety training. We’ll review personal protective equipment (PPE), ladder, scaffold and lift safety, and fall protection. You’ll learn how to use fire extinguishers and compressed gasses and discover the meaning of electrical lockout and tagout.

​​​​​​​Lesson 4: Basic Hand and Power Tools

Lesson 4 will impart basic knowledge about the tools you will be using in the HVACR trade and in apprenticeship programs. This will include installation hand tools, metal and piping, and electronic and power tools.

Lesson 5: Electrical DC Theory

This lesson is all about direct currents (DC). You’ll get an introduction to the electricity industry and learn the answer to the question “What is energy, exactly?” Then we’ll talk about DC theory, including atomic theory as well as basic and parallel circuits.

​​​​​​​Lesson 6: Electrical AC Theory

In this lesson we focus on alternating currents (AC). First, we’ll define and discuss alternating current and magnetism. Then we’ll move on to resistive and inductive loads, capacitors, resistance, and transformers.

Lesson 7: Common Electrical Components

Lesson 7 begins by reviewing control methods, temperature, and pressure. Next we discuss residential heat and cool thermostats at low voltage. We’ll end this lesson by talking about power wiring and schematics.

Lesson 8: Electrical Motors

It’s time to learn about motors! The lesson starts with a discussion of basic electric motor theory and different types of motors, including open, hermetic, capacitor, three-phase, and electronically commutated. Then we learn about their applications and how to diagnose problems in motors and replace them.

Lesson 9: System Properties & Measurement

This lesson delves into some important concepts that affect systems. First we’ll talk about heat transfer concepts and introduce you to psychrometrics, the field that’s involved in measuring the properties of gas-vapor mixtures. You’ll learn about the psychrometric chart and air flow measurement.

Lesson 10: Refrigeration I

In this important lesson, we’ll learn about the basic refrigeration cycle. You’ll get familiar with condensation and condensers, expansion and metering devices, evaporators, and compressors. You’ll also learn how to measure the normal cycle.

Lesson 11: Refrigeration II

Lesson 11 continues the topic of refrigeration beginning with a discussion of refrigerants. We’ll then discuss compressor, low side, and high side accessories and their applications, before talking about piping system sizing. We’ll end on the subject of capacity control methods.

Lesson 12: R-410A Refrigerant Technology

This lesson will teach you all about the type of refrigerant known as R-410A. We’ll talk about its background, regulatory requirements, and how to safely handle, service, and troubleshoot it. You’ll leave this lesson with comprehensive knowledge of the components as well, including retrofitting and charging.

Lesson 13: EPA 608 Refrigeration Usage Review

In this lesson, we’ll begin to review what you need to know about EPA 608 refrigeration. We’ll review core concepts and then discuss each type of certification level. Type I covers small appliances; Type II is for medium-, high-, and very-high pressure appliances; and Type III can work on low-pressure appliances.

Lesson 14: HVACR Intro to Cooling System Troubleshooting

Here, we’ll learn about cooling systems. You’ll first get a system service overview, and a review of service tools and equipment, safety, and quality. The lesson will teach you the system component names and functions, plus electrical and mechanical troubleshooting basics.

Lesson 15: Customer Service

Lesson 15 covers the vital topic of customer service. We’ll review personal work habits, communication skills, and learn about work relationships. We’ll also discuss industry paperwork and recordkeeping.

Lesson 16: Heat Pumps

The last lesson will answer all your questions about heat pumps. You’ll learn what they are, how to install them, and all about the different modes of operation, such as cooling, heating, and defrost. Finally, you’ll explore troubleshooting.

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HVACR Certified Technician Instructors
Chris Compton

Chris Compton brings over 35 years of experience in the HVACR field as a technician, contractor, and instructor. He is certified at the Installation and Service level in five of the NATE certifications. He has been selected as a Top 10 Outstanding Trade and Industry Educator in the U.S. by the Association of Career and Technical Education. He received the Imperial Award from the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), and is a Certificate Member Specialist (CMS) of RSES. Chris serves as an educational consultant and advisor to HVACR online learning efforts around the globe.

HVACR Certified Technician Requirements / Prerequisites

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems, IE 5.5 and later browsers, Firefox (all versions), Sea Monkey (all versions), and Netscape (all versions). On a Mac, it is compatible with Safari. There are no specific computer requirements other than an Internet connection, and an email account.

Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Acrobat Reader are required for this program.

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No additional materials are required for this program.

The following materials are included in this program:

  • Student Handbook
  • NATE or HVAC Excellence Service Core Certification exam Voucher
  • NATE or HVAC Excellence AC Service Certification exam Voucher
  • EPA 608 Refrigeration Handling License Exam Voucher
  • Delmar: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology Textbook
More About HVACR Certified Technician

An industry certification in the air conditioning specialty combined with an EPA 608 Refrigerant Handler’s License is key to gaining HVACR workforce credentials and will distinguish you as a motivated technician.

Our HVACR course will prepare you for the following credentials:

  • EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Exam
  • R-410A Refrigerant Handling Qualification (including card and certificate for refrigerant accreditation)
  • Your choice of Excellence or NATE certification tracks:*
    • Stage 1 Certification Exams:
      • HVAC Excellence Work Ready Exams or
      • NATE Service Core
    • Stage 2 Certification Exams:**
      • HVAC Excellence AC (specialty exam) or
      • NATE AC Service Level (EPA specialty exam)

* Students will choose which exam to take that is most relevant to their interests in the industry for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 certification exams.

** You must schedule your specialty certification exam within two weeks of program completion and schedule your exam date for within 30 days of program completion. You will not be issued a voucher beyond those 30 days.

HVACR Certified Technician Frequently Asked Questions
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Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you’re given twelve (12) months to complete this program.

Do I have to buy additional materials?

No additional materials are required for this program.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements.

What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don’t provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don’t have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

How can I get more information about this program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button above). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the “Contact Us” form to the right. You may also call us at 1-877-221-5151. We will answer your questions promptly.

When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

Why do I need this program?

It is estimated by the HVACR industry, that we are 60,000 technicians short in the U.S. today of meeting the current need. Since 1982, there has been a student enrollee decline of 71% in HVACR industry conventional programs. Additionally, it is estimated that students with a certificate degree can earn a minimum of $25,000 and within a few years and extra credentials, the sky is the limit. A Service Technician working with an HVACR company in Phoenix, Arizona, earned $142,000 last year using his sales and HVACR experience.

How long is each of the HVACR program modules?

Each module is 60 days long. If, needed an extension can be purchased for additional time.

I realize the length of each module is 60 days long. Can I complete the course at an accelerated pace?

Yes the modules can be completed as quickly as you wish to complete them. We have found that on the average it takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours to move through each lesson contained within a module and study well. That has been the experience reported by past and current students. That means around 20 to 28 hours of study within a module is average to thoroughly complete a module. The 60 days in the module allows some flexibility. You must also have a passing score of 75% or higher within each module. If you finish before then, you may email your registrar to be moved ahead in the program.

Is there an instructor available?

Yes, you will have a live instructor available 7am-7pm PST via phone, skype, email and online chat. If you have questions outside of these times, you may email the live faculty and receive a response and assistance within 24 hours or the next 7-7 shift.

If I complete all of the coursework, will I be considered a certified technician?

The course work will properly prepare you for the industry certifications, but you must still pass the Core level and specialty level of the third party industry certification exams to be considered a certified technician. The program includes the cost of the first attempt at each exam (Core and Specialty). If you do not pass, you may retest at their own expense.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

What are the technical requirements for this course?

This program can be taken from either a Mac or a PC. On a PC, it is compatible with Windows XP and later operating systems, IE 5.5 and later browsers, Firefox (all versions), Sea Monkey (all versions), and Netscape (all versions). On a Mac, it is compatible with Safari. There are no specific computer requirements other than an internet connection and an email account.

What is included in the HVACR training cost?

The following materials are included in this program:

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, published by Delmar Cengage Learning.
  • Student handbook.
  • NATE or HVAC Excellence Service Core Certification exam voucher.
  • NATE or HVAC Excellence AC Service Certification exam voucher.
  • EPA 608 Refrigeration Handling License exam voucher.
How long does it take to get certified in heating and air?

There are multiple certifications available, and technicians frequently continue their education to obtain higher levels of certification. Our online course is an excellent HVACR training solution that will prepare you for the first steps in certification. Once the course is completed, simply sign up for the exams and you may be certified before you know it!

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