There are many opportunities for employment that pay a living wage in the industry of air conditioning. The trade schools provide more extensive and specialized training to give students the best foundations for their HVAC profession. Certifications
The important thing to remember is this: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demands that every technician working in refrigerant systems obtain the required Section 608 Certificates. There are four certifications - Type I II, III and universal. They signify that a technician can handle these hazardous materials with confidence.Type I -- designed for technicians working on small appliances containing less than 5 pounds of refrigerant e.g. refrigerators for residential use and freezers. Type II -- for technicians who work with high-pressure equipment that include outdoor AC units and commercial freezers and refrigerators. Type III -- designed for technicians operating on low-pressure equipment using an refrigerant having temperatures that are higher than 50 degrees F. Universal Technicians that have successfully completed the basic test and all three components of the Section 608 certification examination.
Other certifications are voluntary programmes offered by industry organizations - the most notable being the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certificate. This is widely thought of as the best and is a proof of both practical and fundamental knowledge about HVAC equipment. The NATE certification is also divided into four distinct categories.Ready-to-Work Certificate -- meant for entry-level technicians with little to no education/experience. HVAC Support Technician CertificateFor those who have six to 12 months of knowledge. For those with two years of experience, there are specialist and core certifications. The certification is applicable to many HVAC areas, such as oil heating and air distribution. It is the highest NATE-certified Senior efficiency analysts.