Professional Technician Certifications
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Technician Certifications

Professional Level - Written

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 Technician Certifications, intended for experienced technicians, is a series of discipline-specific, closed-book, comprehensive written exams, that were specifically designed for technicians with two or more years of field experience.


2 years of verified field experience prior to taking the exams. Additionally, the Core exam is a prerequisite for taking all Professional Level Exams.

Purpose of Exams

The 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

To ensure success on these exams, a technician should be well versed on the competencies and task list.

Certification Received

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

Proctor 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.

The top of the report provides information on how the class performed on the exam. The bottom of the report shows how others performed nationally on the same exam.

Exams Offered

  • Principles of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory (CORE - 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

Additional Credentials Available

When one earns their Professional Level Certification, they demonstrate retained knowledge needed by a technician. Now they are ready to take the Master Specialists Hands-On Certifications.

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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