In addition to training and experience, HVAC/R technicians who have HVAC/R certifications look good to employers as well as customers because they show that you keep up with the latest developments in the industry. The National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) is a third party provider that tests and certifies professionals in some skilled trades like HVAC/R. 1
STAR HVAC/R Mastery Certification
The NITC’s STAR HVAC/R Mastery certification is for HVAC/R technicians who has shown that he or she has skills and experience in operations, planning, blueprint reading, safety, as well as the practical installation, repair, and service of HVAC/R systems. The certification applies to residential, commercial and industrial settings. This encompasses design, construction, installation, retrofitting, repair and maintenance of the following systems:
- HVAC air handling
- Refrigeration piping
- Process piping heating and cooling
A person with this certification can perform any of these tasks or supervise others who do.
What are the requirements for NITC certification?
Candidates are expected to have completed HVAC/R training and have at least five years of documented work experience in installing and servicing HVACR equipment and piping systems. To pass the test, candidates need to obtain a score of at least 82%. The certification is valid for five years. 2 After five years, HVAC techs can get recertified.
Why get NITC certified?
HVAC/R is not just about ensuring comfort but also safety for those occupying homes, businesses, and factories. Strict certification standards make certain that industry professionals are familiar with HVAC/R equipment, technology and regulations. Getting certified demonstrates to employers and clients across the country that you possess the skills and knowledge that they are looking for in an HVAC/R tech.
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1 – http://nationalitc.com/about-nitc.cfm
2 – http://nationalitc.com/certifications/star-hvacr-mastery.cfm