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Overview

Remington College’s Associate degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) can help prepare you for a career in the HVAC industry. You may be able to work on residential heating and cooling or commercial heating and cooling, or residential, commercial, or industrial refrigeration and freezer systems in as few as 24 months!(1)

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During our program, you will train on industry-standard equipment to get a feel for the actual systems that HVAC technicians work on and what you might find yourself doing in a career.(1)Our curriculum, which combines classroom education with hands-on training, is designed to help provide you the knowledge and real-world experience that employers may be looking for.(1)

 

(1)Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates. State licensure/certification may be required.

 

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Certifications

If you’re someone who performs maintenance, service, repair, or disposal that could release refrigerants (and the chemicals in them) from appliances into the atmosphere, you will be required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold specific certifications to ensure that the refrigerants are handled correctly.

 

We designed a program that offers both hands-on training and opportunities for HVAC certification – because we realize that both are beneficial to students working towards becoming professional HVAC technicians.

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Types of HVAC Certifications

The EPA Universal Certification requires all individuals who open a system or container holding a controlled refrigerant to be certified with the EPA Section 608 Certifications.

 

Within Section 608 Certifications, there are four types of certifications that HVAC technicians will need before they can begin professionally servicing, repairing, or disposing the appliances they will be trained to work with. Because the job duties that HVAC technicians plan to pursue can vary, it may not be necessary to take all four of the exams.

 

Remington College HVAC instructors and staff can help students determine which HVAC certification exams they should take.

EPA Certifications

  • Type I Certification – A Type I certification is required for HVAC technicians primarily servicing small appliances such as domestic refrigerators, window air conditioners, and vending machines.
  • Type II Certification – A Type II certification is required for HVAC technicians primarily servicing and disposing equipment using a high pressure refrigerant. Examples of such equipment include residential air conditioners and heat pumps, supermarket refrigeration and process refrigeration.
  • Type III Certification – A Type III certification is required for HVAC technicians primarily servicing and disposing equipment using a low pressure refrigerant. These units are primarily chillers.
  • EPA Universal Certification – A Universal certification is required for HVAC technicians who service all types of equipment.
  • The EPA Universal Certification exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions: 25 Core questions, 25 Type I questions, 25 Type II questions, and 25 Type III questions.
  • A score of 72% is required to pass each section, which means 18 of the 25 questions must be answered correctly in order to obtain each certification.
  • If an HVAC technician taking a Universal Exam fails to pass all sections, but passes the Core Section and at least one other section, a certification card for the types passed will be issued. For example, if you pass the Core questions and Type III questions, but fail Type I and Type II questions, you will have a Type III certification. If retaking the exam, only the sections failed need to be repeated.

How Remington College helps HVAC students earn the EPA Certifications

We understand how important HVAC certifications are to gaining employment after graduation and with that in mind we have built them into both our HVAC curriculum and the cost of your certifications is included in you tuition price.

 

  • Included in the price of Remington College HVAC student’s tuition is the cost of their first attempt at the EPA certification exams, which would otherwise cost approximately $100.
  • By the end of their 4th module of HVAC classes, each student will be scheduled to take the EPA exams.
  • Students will take EPA Universal exam at the Remington College campus.
  • Test results should be available on www.EPAtest.com within two weeks of the tests being delivered to the EPATest.com. Passing certificates will be mailed to the student’s home addresses.

 

The exam breaks down into the following sections:

 

  • EPA Core section
  • EPA Type I section
  • EPA Type II section
  • EPA Type III section

 

Test results should be available on www.EPAtest.com within two weeks of the tests being delivered to the EPATest.com. Passing certificates will be mailed to the student’s home addresses.

 

If a student does not pass all sections of the exam, but wishes to re-test in order to obtain the EPA Universal certification, it is then up to the student to find their own means of payment and to schedule the re-test with an outside proctor.

 

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Job Outlook

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians specialize in the devices that keep houses comfortable, air quality pure and food fresh.

 

From heating systems to refrigerators, HVAC technicians are often in-demand specialists who individuals and businesses turn to for their heating and cooling needs.

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What is the outlook for jobs in HVAC?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC and Refrigeration Installers and Mechanics are projected to experience employment growth of 14 percent from 2014 to 2024–much faster than the national average for all occupations.(2) Job prospects should be especially strong for HVAC Technicians with formal training.

 

HVAC Associate Degree programs are required by some states and can take anywhere from six months to two years to complete. Programs generally include residential and commercial heating and cooling, refrigeration and freezers, air quality standards, air conditioning, evaporators, condensers, and compressors.(2)

Is licensing required for HVAC careers?

Some HVAC training programs, like HVAC Associate Degree programs at Remington College, also prepare students for state licensing exams. Licensing requirements for HVAC technicians vary greatly, but all states require those working with refrigerants to be certified in their proper use and handling.(2)

What additional skills can help HVAC Technicians be successful?

Successful HVAC technicians should be courteous in dealing with customers and physically able to work with heavy machinery.(2) If you have these traits, an HVAC Associate Degree program like the one offered at Remington College can give you the technical skills you need to begin work as an entry-level HVAC technician.(1)

 

(1)Employment is not guaranteed for students or graduates.
(2)http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Installation-Maintenance-and-Repair/Heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm. BLS statistics represent national job growth expectations and are not necessarily reflective of local market conditions.

 

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(1) Employment not guaranteed for students or graduates.

CURRICULUM

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES

  • Business Applications
  • Career Development Fundamentals
  • Career Development Principles
  • Commercial HVAC Systems
  • Commercial Refrigeration Systems
  • Domestic Appliances and Cold Water AC
  • Fundamental HVAC Maintenance
  • HVAC Automated Controls
  • Introduction to HVAC and Refrigeration
  • Motors and Motor Control
  • Residential Systems
  • Small Business Principals
  • Small Business Basics

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  • The instructors that I had were all very knowledgeable in their field. They had quite extensive credentials, and a lot of them were guys who were working in the field, or have recently retired from it, and wanted to instruct other people. All of them were very helpful and went out of their way to help you.

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