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 nationally normed student assessment 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, a state, or nationally.

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 or school to school.

To assist HVACR programs in meeting Federal, State, and institutional requirements, HVAC Excellence has developed 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.

Employment Ready Certifications

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.

Persons who successfully pass these exams are awarded a certificate of achievement and a truck decal.

Specialty Certifications

In addition to the Employment Ready Certifications, students and technicians are eligible to take a number of specialty certifications that cover: maximizing energy efficiency, safety, sustainable concepts, and reducing warranty cost.

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