Professional Technician Certifications
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Professional Technician Certifications

Show What You Know!

Technicians with two or more years of documented field experience may opt to take challenging, written certification exams that help validate their knowledge in discipline-specific areas.

Certification is an aid in identifying the scope and level of a technician's competency. HVAC Excellence offers progressive levels of certification that identify an individual’s knowledge and skill level through each phase of their career.

Professional Level Certifications are earned by passing both prerequisite and closed-book, comprehensive exams. Each certification measures the level of knowledge possessed by field personnel.


  • 2 years of verified field experience
  • Passing grade on the Core Exam

Purpose of Exams

This series of closed book, written, challenging exams is used by experienced technicians with documented field experience. The topics exams measure the level of knowledge possessed by a technician in specific areas. These exams are used by experienced technicians to market their skills to prospective customers and employers.

Who Should Use These Exams?

The Professional Technician Certifications are used by wholesalers, contractors, utilities, apprenticeship programs and manufacturers.

Preparing for the Exams

In order to ensure a technician’s success on these exams, they should be well versed on the competency and task list posted on our certification page.

Progressive Levels of Certifications

Progressive levels of certification I.E. Stackable Credentials enable technicians to continually validate their knowledge throughout each stage of their career.

Exams Offered

  • Principles of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory (prerequisite for all exams)
  • Combustion Analysis
  • Electric Heat
  • Gas Heat
  • Heat Pump Installer
  • Heat Pump Service
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Residential Air Conditioning
  • Residential & Light Commercial Hydronic Heat

Persons who successfully pass these exams are awarded a certificate as well as a patch and chevron for the certification obtained.

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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 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