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    How to become "HVAC Certified Tech"?

    I was going to apply at a job but they said they need me to be "HVAC Certified". I'm pretty sure that's not the same as the Certification I got from my school for HVAC.

    So my question is, how does one receive this "HVAC Certified" status? Does it require an apprenticeship or experience in the field followed by some type of test to pass? Sorry kinda lost on this. Thanks in advance.

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    Sounds like a left coast thing.
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    Really nothing like that back east?

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    Could mean cfc certification by the epa. Thats a minimal requirement for many HVAC companies. That and at least an apprentice license. I assume you took and passed the ICE exam in school. Other than those, there are a ton of other certs like NATE and RSES to name some good ones.

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    You should have asked them what they were talking about. Don't be shy with them guys. They're people too!
    Gotta have the right tool for the job!

    Where is all the stuff MADE IN THE USA?

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    I would say that certification means EPA and trade school or vocational school graduate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teck323 View Post
    Really nothing like that back east?
    Well that depends on whether you have a state-sponsored certification.

    In Pa, there is no HVAC license, for example.

    Everyone needs the EPA wallet card, but that is a different animal, IMO.
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    im trying to become am HVAC tech in san diego, california, but i am being told that i have to go to angley college florida, do about 6 months of classes and tests online, and then travel and live in florida for 31 days to work 9 hours a day, 6 days a week, to get my hands on.If i pass, i wil have these certifacations:R410A, EPA308,Federal Osha Certifaction, and Lastly, the N.A.T.E.
    My question is, if i am certified through a college in Florida, can i work as an hvac tech in California?

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    In So Calif , I think they are refering to NATE certification....They are mainly looking for educated guys...Not the fly by nights that want into the trade

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    In Texas you can go from a registered Tech to a certified Tech by providing one of the following 7. What is a qualifying exam?

    The Department will accept the following exams:

    Air Force DD214, HVAC
    Angelina College, Lufkin, HVAC
    Ashworth University, HVAC
    ATI (American Trades Institute, HVAC)
    Austin Community College, HVAC
    Blinn College, HVAC
    Capital City Trade - HVAC
    Career Centers of Texas - Brownsville, HVAC
    CARRIER Technical Training Certification
    Castillo Training - NATE ONLY
    Central Texas, AC and Refrigeration School
    Central Texas College, HVAC
    Centre County, HVAC
    CFESA - Master Tech. Certification (Commercial Food Equipment Service Association)
    City of San Antonio, HVAC
    Dallas County Community College, HVAC
    Department of Labor, HVAC
    Education Direct/Penn Foster, HVAC
    El Paso Community College, HVAC
    Everest Institute, HVAC
    Grayson College, HART Program
    Hill College, HVAC
    Houston Community College
    HVAC EXCELLENCE
    IAPMO (International Association Plumbing and Mechanical Officials)
    ICC (International Code Council)
    ICE (Industry Competence Exam)
    ICS/National Education, HVAC
    Kilgore Junior College, HVAC
    Lincoln Technical Institute, HVAC
    Lindsey-Cooper
    Lone Star College, HVAC
    Meridian Technology Center, HVAC
    NATE (North American Technician Excellence)
    National Comfort Institute
    Navy DD214, HVAC
    North Central Texas College-HVAC
    OSU-Okmulgee, HVAC
    Paris Junior College, HVAC
    Professional Career Training Institute
    Puerto Rico HVAC license
    Quality Tech.Training - Las Vegas
    RETA-CIRO (Refrigeration Engineers & Technicians Assoc.)
    RSES CM and CMS (Refrigeration Service Engineers Society)
    RSI-Phoenix, HVAC
    San Diego Community College, HVAC
    San Jacinto College, HVAC
    South Texas College, HVAC
    St. Phillips College, HVAC
    TACLA, HVAC
    TACLB, HVAC
    Tarrant County College, HVAC
    Terra State, HVAC Associates Degree
    Texas A&M-TEEX/HVAC
    TSTC (Texas State Technical College, HVAC)
    Tyler Junior College, HVAC
    UA - Star HVAC Certification
    Universal Technical Institute (UTI), HVAC
    University of Texas at Brownsville / Texas Southmost College, HVAC
    US Army, DD214, HVAC
    Vernon College, HVAC
    VGI Training - NATE or ICE Only
    Weatherford College-HVAC
    Western Technical College, El Paso, HVAC

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification examinations for the use and handling of refrigerants will not be accepted as satisfying the requirements for certification referenced under 1302.508.

    Other AC&R Technician certification examinations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For related questions you may contact us at (512) 463-6599 or toll-free in Texas (800) 803-9202 OR email us at air.conditioning@license.state.tx.us - make sure to put “Certification Examination” in the subject line. NOTE: Certification is not required to become a “registered” technician.

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    i answered this before.

    the only thing you need to work as an HVAC technician in California is your EPA 608.
    it doesn't matter where you get it from, i knew a guy who got one out of the country.

    if you sell equiptment to homeowners, the company that hires you sends you to California's Live Scan, to submit fingerprints for a background check,
    and the Contractor's board gives you a sales permit in the name of the company that hires you.

    any other requirements are a request of the company.
    ...such as N.A.T.E.
    most companies in California don't ask you for anything else other than work history experience , driving record, or company testing.



    in California, "HVAC certified" ,means your EPA 608

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teck323 View Post
    I was going to apply at a job but they said they need me to be "HVAC Certified". I'm pretty sure that's not the same as the Certification I got from my school for HVAC.

    So my question is, how does one receive this "HVAC Certified" status? Does it require an apprenticeship or experience in the field followed by some type of test to pass? Sorry kinda lost on this. Thanks in advance.

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    After 18 years experience. I think I will let this be....Before I say something that will get me chewed out. I have been behind so called NATE certified techs. I know one that I would not let within 20 yards of an A/C. There are people that are very book smart, but have a total lack of common sense. Just look at the federal government.

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