Hi I was signed on as a refrigeration mechanic apprentice in January 2006. I went to school for HVAC for 2 years and I had worked for the company for like 3 month before sighing on. The apprentiship is 9000 hours and I probably have around 1500 hours. Because I took 2 years at HVAC school, the apprentice guy said I can challenge the Basic level of schooling. Would you recommend doing this. I know there is a lot to learn in the 8 week course. I feel I have a good handle on the theory and everything. I spend a lot of time on this site and reading. It will save me quite a bit of waiting because they are pretty backed up for the classes in Ontario. This way I can keep working and then go to intermediate whenever they call me.