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.

Note: HVAC Excellence’s Heat Pump Installer and Heat Pump Service programs have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as “Energy Skilled” respectively in the categories of Heat Pump Installation and Heat Pump Comfort Advisor.

Principles of Electrical and Refrigeration Theory
(CORE - prerequisite for all exams)

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

Combustion Analysis

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.

Electric Heat

100-question exam covers electric heating systems and components, equipment installation & service, safety, theory, airflow, application, and troubleshooting.

Gas Heat

100-question exam covers combustion theory, safety, heating system components, electrical troubleshooting, installation, service, and troubleshooting.

Heat Pump Installer

100-question exam covers system design, applications, electrical wiring, and charging.

Heat Pump Service

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

Light Commercial Air Conditioning

100-question exam covers commercial AC systems and components, installation, service, theory, applications, and troubleshooting.

Light Commercial Refrigeration

100-question exam covers equipment installation, service, system types, components, theory, applications, and troubleshooting.

Residential Air Conditioning

100-question exam covers ACR theory, service, components, troubleshooting, refrigerant flow control theory, applications, installation, and charging.

Residential & Light Commercial Hydronic Heat

100-question exam covers theory, design, function, installation, service, and component recognition.

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

The exams measure the level of knowledge possessed by a technician in specific areas and are used by experienced technicians to market their skills.


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 competency and task list posted here .

Certification Issued

Upon passing, candidate is issued a certificate of achievement.


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

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 .

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