Training in HVAC Basics will have a significant and positive effect on the speed your HVAC Career takes off. Regardless of the position you aspire to reach, learning the basics by selecting the best HVAC Course is essential.
Following is a high level review of the typical HVAC Course:
• EPA Certification Course. You should work toward EPA 608 Certification for almost any position in the HVAC industry. If you plan to work in the field and use refrigerants it is a Federal requirement. Federal law requires anyone using or buying refrigerants to be EPA Certified. You will learn a lot about the industry by taking this course. Download the Free EPA Study Guide and Sample Questions.
• Basic Refrigeration Course. I’m amazed how many people in the industry don’t know the basic science of how an air conditioner works. One of the industry standard books used in Basic Refrigeration is Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning by Andrew D. Althouse. This book is available new for about $75.00. Get it.
• Basic Electrical Course. To install or troubleshoot HVAC problems, you need to know electrical theory. Just about every component is electrical.
• Air Distribution HVAC Course. Air distribution basics have been neglected by many in the HVAC industry. Designing and installing air conditioning requires specialized knowledge in how to design size and install air ducts. Most installed systems have air design problems that reduce the installed capacity and energy efficiency of air conditioning systems. You need to know how to design and measure air flow. This is an emerging specialty job in the industry.
• Copper Soldering and Welding Course. If you install Air Conditioning or repair existing systems you must have skills in copper tube assembly, fabrication and brazing.
• Some states require Technician Certification or licensing. You will need to meet these requirements which will include some minimum HVAC Course work. Check for HVAC Certification/license requirements here.
• If your career objectives include repair or installation, you will want to get a NATE Certification for your specialty. NATE is required by many contractors when hiring techs.
Good luck with your HVAC Course selection. Check this site regularly for new information.