To anyone who disagrees, 8 months experience in HVAC does not make a startup tech, oh unless startup means turn it on and thats it. I get twisted when people think to practice this trade all you need is 6 months and your ready. Yeah I could train a person to accomplish certain tasks in this trade within 6 to 8 months, BUT there is so much more. Like one of the posts stated, do you want someone with that little experience performing something as important as a startup on your equipment? This is not an attack it is just stating the obvious. At 8 months experience, yes one can do startups, under the direct and involved supervision of a journeyman level technician.