Employment Ready Certifications
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Employment Ready Certifications

Ready to Get a Job?

Employment Ready Certifications are a series of discipline-specific, end-ofcourse exams intended to validate that a person has retained knowledge in a specific area necessary for employment in the HVACR industry.

Perkins Compliant


Prerequisite

None


Purpose of Exams

There is continual pressure for increased accountability in technical education programs. As a result, increasing numbers of community and technical colleges are using some form of discipline - specific course assessments or end of program employment ready certification. In most cases this involves objective or standardized testing.


Why use National Testing?

Unlike grades earned during a course, standardized tests can be used repeatedly to measure change and growth or for "comparing" student achievement. Student achievement can be assessed and compared by subject matter categories within an institution, throughout a state, or across the entire nation. The stimulus for the push toward nationally-recognized industry assessment testing has come from the issue of non-comparability of grades from one instructor to another from one school to another.

To assist HVACR programs in meeting Federal, State, and institutional requirements, HVAC Excellence offers the Employment Ready Certification program. These discipline specific exams provide instructors with the information needed to evaluate the efficacy of the HVACR program. Using standardized exams helps to evaluate student achievement, creating documentation of a person's retained knowledge necessary for employment in the HVACR industry.

Unlike a combined assessment that measures ones knowledge of a complete course, the Employment Ready Certifications are intended to be administered at the end of teaching each course or module. This allows the instructor to measure a participant’s understanding of the course materials.

The available reports allow instructors to identify potential weaknesses or deficiencies in the effectiveness of their training. The reports also aid in satisfying accreditation and Perkins compliance requirements.


Who Should Use These Exams?

The Employment Ready Certifications are used by community colleges, apprenticeship programs, wholesalers, contractors and manufacturers.


Preparing for the Exams

While ESCO offers a number of training resources that align with the certifications, no specific books are required for administering these exams. However, a number of industry publishers are aligning their text to the competencies covered. The competency and task list is available on our website.


Comparative Analysis Reports

Proctors can log in to review candidate test results and access detailed statistical reports. These reports help instructors pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in their instruction.


Persons who successfully pass these exams are awarded a certificate of achievement and wallet card, patch and chevron.


Electrical

This 100 question exam covers: components, meter usage, safety, theory, troubleshooting, fundamentals of motors and capacitors, interpreting electrical diagrams.


Electric Heat

This 100 question exam covers: systems & components, equipment - installation & service, heating systems & components, safety, theory & application, troubleshooting.


Gas Heat

This 100 question exam covers: combustion theory, electrical troubleshooting, furnace installation & service, furnace troubleshooting, heating safety, heating system & components.


Oil Heat

This 100 question exam covers: combustion theory and heating fuels, safety, heating systems and components, installation & service, troubleshooting.


Air Conditioning

This 100 question exam covers: air conditioning and refrigeration theory, equipment service, systems and components, troubleshooting, refrigerant flow control theory and application.


Light Commercial Air Conditioning

This 100 question exam covers: commercial AC systems & components, equipment installation & service, refrigeration theory & application, troubleshooting.


Light Commercial Refrigeration

This 100 question exam covers: equipment installation & service, refrigeration systems & components, refrigeration theory & application, troubleshooting.


Heat Pump

This 100 question exam covers: components, controls, heat pump cycle, service, theory, troubleshooting, interpreting heat pump schematics.


System Diagnostics & Troubleshooting

This 50 question exam covers: recovery requirements, AC&R Theory, air supply and delivery, AC&R equipment and tools, AC&R systems and components, system evacuation.


Basic Refrigeration and Charging Procedures

This 50 question exam covers: AC&R theory, AC&R systems and components, air supply and delivery, refrigeration AC troubleshooting, refrigeration systems and components, refrigeration theory and application, special refrigeration system components, system charging.


Carbon Monoxide Safety

This 50 question exam covers: alarms and response, building pressure measurements, building pressure general knowledge, combustion gas, combustion general knowledge, general knowledge, measurements, medial and tools.


Residential & Light Commercial Hydronic Heat

This 100 question exam covers: theory & principle, installation, design & function, system service, component recognition.


Fuel Oil Combustion

This 50 question exam covers: general combustion knowledge, fuel properties, advanced combustion knowledge, combustion analysis, draft.


Natural Gas Combustion

This 50 question exam covers: general combustion knowledge, fuel properties, advanced combustion knowledge, combustion analysis, draft.


Combustion Appliance Zone

This 50 question exam covers building pressure general knowledge, building pressure measurements, static pressure, pressure imbalances and combustion appliance zone testing.


Carbon Monoxide & Combustion Analysis

This 100 question exam covers combustion theory and heating fuels, carbon monoxide safety, building pressure measurements, building pressure general knowledge, combustion gas, combustion general knowledge, carbon monoxide general knowledge, carbon monoxide measurements and health effects.

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Becoming a Proctor is Easy!

HVACR wholesalers, educators and trainers interested in proctoring exams should email their completed proctor application to customerservice@escogroup.org or fax it to 1-800-546-3726.

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Comparative Analysis Reports

Proctors can log in to review candidate test results and access detailed statistical reports.

Comparative Analysis Report