HVAC/R Certified Technician (Voucher Included)

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 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...

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12 Months / 330 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES793

What you will learn

  • 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

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 330 course hours
  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
  12. Commercial Air-Conditioning and Chilled-Water Systems
    1. High-Pressure, Low-Pressure, and Absorption Chilled-Water Systems
    2. Cooling Towers and Pumps
    3. Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting of Chilled-Water Air-Conditioning Systems
    4. Commercial, Packaged Rooftop, Variable Refrigerant Flow, and Variable Air Volume Systems
  13. Simulation Challenge Mode: HVAC
  14. Simulation Challenge Mode: Electricity for HVAC
  15. Soft Skills and the HVACR Technician
    1. Communication
    2. Decision-Making
    3. Time Management
    4. Problem Solving
    5. Accepting Responsibility

Mike Baker has been an instructor since 2011. Previously, he was HVAC Program Director at both Virginia College and Vista College. Baker was a 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.

Prerequisites:

This course is designed for HVAC/R technicians with one-to-two years of industry experience. In addition, you should have a high school diploma or GED.

However, if you do not have previous work experience in the HVAC/R industry, we recommend taking the HVAC/R Technician course.

Please research your state's requirements prior to enrollment to ensure this course is the right fit for you.

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
  • EPA Section 608 Preparatory Manual

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

Yes. This course prepares for the HVAC Excellence Core and Professional Technician certifications exams, the NATE Core and Specialty Test certification exams, and the EPA 608 certification exam. However, you will only be provided with an exam voucher package for HVAC Excellence exam.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. 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. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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HVAC Excellence
HVAC Excellence strives to meet and solve the technical challenges facing the industry. The organization believes that the best way to do this is to improve the technical skills and knowledge of the professionals "on the ground" through hands-on continuing education and certification programs. HVAC Excellence offers a wide variety of individual examinations, certification courses, and career tracks for HVACR technicians. Completing a course certified by HVAC Excellence can help you break into this growing field.