Association of Air Conditioning Professionals

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Upcoming events

    • Saturday, December 08, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Montgomery College Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Institute of Technical Education
    Registration is closed

    NATE Gas


    NATIONAL HVAC TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION

    Registration Closes: Saturday, November 17, 2018


    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 this test should have a basic and working knowledge of HVAC equipment, installing and/or servicing, and prior related theory instruction (at least 240 hours).
    The Core Exam covers safety, tools, soft skills, principles of heat transfer, total comfort, and electrical.

    An HVAC technician must pass the Core Exam and at least one of the Specialty Exams to become a Certified Technician.

    There are five separate Specialty Exams — air conditioning, air distribution, gas heating, heat pumps, and oil heating.
    There are two types: installation and service (service technicians are automatically certified as installation technicians as well).

    The NATE Air Conditioning Excellence HVAC exams are an industry-approved test of knowledge meaningful to HVAC technicians. The exams are designed to test what 80% of technicians need to know 80% of the time in a given year. It’s not an easy test, but nothing worth earning is.

    REFRESHER CLASS & TEST

    A four hour refresher class which will be a review of the knowledge needed to take the test will be held prior to the administration of the test. This is a refresher process not a training process.


    TEST

    The Core Exam consists of 50 questions and each Specialty Exam consists of 100 questions.

    PLEASE NOTE: Results will be sent to the technician, not the employer, unless the technician signs a release of scores form.


    PROCTOR

    Association of Air Conditioning Professionals (AACP) is an authorized proctor organization.

    NOTE: Photo ID is required for entrance to the exam site.


    REGISTRATION RSVP

    By reason of new NATE regulations, all registrations MUST be received two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled date.

    Download directions to Montgomery College

    CANCELLATIONS: Attendee substitutions are permitted. Cancellations received five (5) days prior to the class/exam session will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date. A maximum of 25 technicians are allowed.

    • Saturday, December 15, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Montgomery College Rockville, MD - Gudelsky Institute of Technical Education
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    Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing


    Registration Closes: Saturday, December 8, 2018


    Refresher Class: This is a four-hour refresher class for technicians who want to take the CFC Certification 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.

    Certification Test, only: A technician can register to take the certification test without sitting through the refresher class. The registration process will prompt for the selection desired option.

    Photo identification is required to enter the test site.


    About CFC [ChloroFluoroCarbon] Certification

    EPA regulations under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act require that technicians who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of equipment that could release ozone depleting refrigerants into the atmosphere must be certified.

    Technicians are required to pass an EPA-approved test to earn Section 608 Technician Certification. The tests are specific to the type of equipment the technician seeks to work on. Section 608 Technician Certification credentials do not expire.

    Types of Certification

    To pass any EPA type, a candidate must pass a CORE section of the test plus one of the technician types [I, II, III or Universal]. Once CORE is passed, it need not be taken again and it may be used for additional EPA types.

    The EPA developed four types of certification:

    1. Type I - To service small appliances
    2. Type II - To service or dispose of high- or very high-pressure appliances, except small appliances and MVACs
    3. Type III - To service or dispose of low-pressure appliances
    4. Universal - To service all types of equipment

    Study Guide and On-Site Procedures

    Each participant of the Refresher Class will be sent a Study Guide. This manual, included in the Refresher Class registration fee, includes the information needed to refresh technicians on how to recover and contain refrigerant. This include both high- and low-pressure air conditioning and refrigeration equipment above and/or below 25 tons.

    The certification test is administered by AACP through VGI Training, an EPA-approved certifying organization.

    Participants are typically allowed a non-programmable pocket calculator, Temperature-Pressure chart, and a pencil. A Temperature-Pressure chart is supplied in the EPA Section 608 Applicant Study Guide. A practice "Recovery Efficiency" chart is on the back of the Temperature-Pressure chart. On the day of the test, recreate the chart when given the instruction to begin the test.

    Test Score

    Upon passing the test, the technician will receive a certificate and a wallet card from VGI Training. VGI Training will maintain a database of all technicians who have successfully passed the VGI Training Refrigerant Recovery test.


    Re-Test

    If a technician needs to retest in a certain section, the technician can apply to take the test, only. A technician must provide the proctor with a copy of both sides of a card or letter of previous EPA-approved certification/non-certification for proof that the technician took such a test.

    If a copy of the previous EPA-approved testing is not provided, the technician must take the complete certification test, which includes Core, and Types I, II, and III. At a minimum, without documentation, the technician must take the Core and the Type that the technician needs for certification and to continue work in the HVACR industry.


    Directions to Montgomery College - Rockville Campus

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

    Cancellation

    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.

Past events

Saturday, November 03, 2018 NATE Heat Pump Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing
Monday, October 15, 2018 AACP Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, September 29, 2018 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Monday, September 24, 2018 Residential Furnace Heat Exchanger Inspection Seminar
Monday, August 27, 2018 The 2018-2019 AACP Apprenticeship Program
Monday, August 20, 2018 2018 Apprenticeship Program Orientation
Monday, August 20, 2018 2018 Apprenticeship Program Orientation
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Supervisor ~ On the Job ~ Orientation
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 Repeat Classes [Apprenticeship Program]
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Credit By Exam [First-Year Apprenticeship Program]
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Apprenticeship Program Graduation Dinner
Saturday, April 14, 2018 NATE HVAC Technician Certification
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Leadership: Improving Execution to Drive Profits
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 HVAC After Hours ~ with a Twist
Saturday, March 17, 2018 NATE HVAC Technician Certification
Saturday, March 03, 2018 Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing
Monday, February 12, 2018 IE3 Show
Saturday, February 10, 2018 NATE HVAC Technician Certification
Saturday, January 13, 2018 Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing
Friday, December 15, 2017 Montgomery County Inspectors - Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, December 09, 2017 NATE HVAC Technician Certification
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

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