Association of Air Conditioning Professionals

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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, December 09, 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Montgomery College Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Institute of Technical Education
    • 18

    NATE HVAC Technician Certification
    - Gas Heating Class and Specialty Exam Testing

    Registration Closes: Tuesday November 21, 2017

    Refresher Class: This is a four-hour refresher class for technicians who want to take the Gas Heating specialty test. The refresher class will review the knowledge needed to take the test and will be held prior to the administration of the test. This is a refresher class - not a training process.

    Specialty Exam, only: A technician can register to take a specialty exam without sitting through the refresher class. The registration process will prompt for the selection of the specialty exam.

    Photo identification is required to enter the test site.

    About NATE Certification

    North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE) is the leading certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) industry.

    NATE is more than a technician certification program. Led by the leading trade associations in the HVAC industry, it is part of a comprehensive industry initiative to:

    • recognize technicians who meet high industry standards
    • promote education and improve technical proficiency in the industry
    • give the industry a clearly defined structure, so that the consumer can easily identify qualified technicians.

    When a technician is certified in an area, it’s clear they meet a broad, comprehensive set of expectations - not just some standards for one kind of equipment or one model.

    Those taking the certification test should have a basic and working knowledge of HVAC equipment, installation and/or service, and prior related theory instruction (at least 240 hours).

    The Certification Exams

    An HVAC technician must pass the Core Exam and at least one of the Specialty Exams to become a NATE Certified Technician. The Core Exam consists of 50 questions and each Specialty Exam consists of 100 questions.

    The Core Exam tests a candidate's general knowledge, construction knowledge, and HVACR-specific knowledge in the areas of: safety, tools, basic construction, using basic science, achieving desired conditions, taking temperature and humidity measurements, and basic electrical.

    NATE offers three tracks - Installation, Service and Senior. You must choose one Specialty Exam from the following:

    Installation Specialty

    • Air Conditioning Installation
    • Air Distribution Installation
    • Air to Air Heat Pump Installation
    • Gas Heating [Air Installation]

    Service Specialty

    • Air Conditioning Service
    • Air Distribution service
    • Heat Pump [Air to Air] Service
    • Gas Heating [Air Service]
    • Oil Heating [Air Service]
    • Hydronics Gas Service
    • Hydronics Oil Service
    • Light Commercial Refrigeration Service
    • Commercial Refrigeration Service

    Senior Level Technician Certification

    To become a NATE Senior Level Technician, you must hold two [2] certifications by NATE. Consult the NATE website for complete details.

    Exam Scores

    Exam results will be sent to the technician, not the employer, unless the technician signs a release of scores form.


    The AACP is an authorized proctor organization

    Directions to Montgomery College - Rockville Campus

    The class and specialty exam will be offered at the Rockville Campus of the Montgomery College. Download directions.


    Cancellations received five (5) days prior to the class/exam will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date.

    A maximum of 25 technicians are allowed.

    • Friday, December 15, 2017
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • 255 Rockville Pike, Rockville MD 20850 - 2nd floor

    Montgomery County Inspectors - Quarterly Meeting

    Join us for the MC Inspectors Quarterly Meeting. Get the latest updates from the local county inspectors.


    8:30 AM  Meeting Starts
    10:00 AM  Meeting Adjourn

    Meet the Inspector

    James Sackett
    Montgomery County Government, DPS

    • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • DoubleTree Hotel - 15101 Sweitzer Ln, Laurel, MD 20707

    Leadership: Improving Execution to Drive Profits

    We all want to drive more profits to our bottom line and we all know distractions can get in the way of day-to-day execution and achieving many company goals. In this breakout workshop, Gary Elekes will identify the key areas a contractor must focus on to lead and manage more effectively, and he'll explain how even small improvements in business execution can transform your Income Statement for the better!

    Together we will discuss how a basic operating plan with specific goals and a focus on efficiency and productivity can dramatically impact your overall profitability.

    You'll walk away with specific tools and strategies to:

    • Improve as a leader and manage more effectively
    • Increase your company's profitability
    • Improve your own quality of life

    About the Speaker

    Gary Elekes
    President, EPC Equity

    Gary Elekes is serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping others become more successful by sharing what he has learned during his 20+ years working closely with all facets of the contracting industry. During his career, Gary has held senior management positions at Lennox and Service Experts. In 2000, Gary moved into entrepreneurship and started his training and consulting business EPC. Today, EPC continues to support growth oriented businesses aspiring to reach 20% EBIT. He also designed the very first web based learning platform for the residential contracting industry, which acts as a support system for training and learning in HVAC and plumbing trades, and has over 5,000 subscribers.

    In 2003, Gary began acquiring contracting firms with a focus on developing turn-around opportunities. He also opened and operated several start-up businesses. In 2010, he added web design/SEO and online marketing to his company portfolio starting Imarket Solutions as a co-founder. Gary graduated from Ohio State University with a BSBA and also holds a Master's Degree in Business and Finance.

    • Friday, September 14, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club - 41601 Raspberry Dr, Leesburg, VA 20176

    AACP Annual Golf Tournament


    Join HVAC Industry leaders for an exceptional round of golf at the spectacular Raspberry Falls golf course in Leesburg, Virginia.

    With vistas of the Catoctin Mountains in the background, you will feel as if you've traveled across the Atlantic to play golf in the British Isles.

    And you will find that one of the biggest tests of your golfing skills on this course will be conquering the deep Scottish-style stacked pot bunkers. As in Scotland, these bunkers have their own names, including “Lee’s Bunker” and “Grant’s Tomb” on No. 11 and “Satan’s Foxhole” on No. 14.

Past events

Wednesday, November 08, 2017 Meet the Maryland Inspectors
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing
Monday, October 16, 2017 18-Hr Journeyman/Master GASFITTER Test Review
Saturday, October 14, 2017 NATE Heat Pump Refresher Class/Testing
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Meet the Virginia Inspectors
Monday, September 25, 2017 18-Hr Journeyman/Master PLUMBER Test Review
Saturday, September 23, 2017 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Friday, September 15, 2017 A Day at the Fairway
Friday, September 15, 2017 Golf Tournament Sponsorship
Saturday, September 09, 2017 CFC - Refrigerant Recovery Refresher Program for HVACR Technicians
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Credit By Exam [First-Year Apprenticeship Program]
Friday, June 30, 2017 The 2017-2018 AACP Apprenticeship Program
Friday, June 30, 2017 Repeat Classes [Apprenticeship Program]
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Apprenticeship Program Graduation Dinner
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 HVAC After Hours
Saturday, April 22, 2017 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, April 15, 2017 CFC - Refrigerant Recovery Refresher Program for HVACR Technicians
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 18-Hr Journeyman/Master PLUMBER Test Review
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 The Partners and Programs Workshop
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 18-Hr Journeyman/Master GASFITTER Test Review
Saturday, February 18, 2017 NATE Heat Pump Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, February 04, 2017 CFC - Refrigerant Recovery Refresher Program for HVACR Technicians
Saturday, January 21, 2017 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Member Meeting - Post Election Legislative Update
Saturday, November 12, 2016 CFC - Refrigerant Recovery Refresher Program for HVACR Technicians
Saturday, October 29, 2016 NATE Gas Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, October 15, 2016 NATE Heat Pump Refresher Class/Testing
Thursday, October 13, 2016 Board of Directors P&G Meeting
Saturday, October 08, 2016 CFC - Refrigerant Recovery Refresher Program for HVACR Technicians
Saturday, September 17, 2016 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Member Meeting
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
Saturday, July 30, 2016 Apprenticeship: Credit By Exam
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, July 01, 2016 AACP Apprenticeship Program 2016/2017
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Board of Directors Meeting

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