HVAC Excellenceis offering Master Specialist certification for technicians. The program requires a technician to demonstrate retained knowledge and application of that knowledge. Hands-on performance certification assists employers in hiring competent technicians, helps manufacturers in warranty cost reduction, provides consumers with assurance of a technician's competency, pinpoints current deficiencies in the technical workforce for education program development, and provides area specific and nationally recognized credentialing. To qualify for the title of Master Specialist, a technician must have a minimum of three years' field experience, achieve a passing score on the related written professional level HVAC Excellence technician certification or an equivalent, and pass the hands-on performance test. HVAC Excellence Master Specialist Certifications will be administered at various schools throughout North America. The first group of Master Specialist Test Administrators will be trained during the American Technical Educators Association (ATEA) conference in March 2006 (Louisville, KY). HVAC Excellence will conduct the Master Specialist performance exams during the second quarter of 2006 as a pilot program and expects the general release of the Master Specialist program to occur during the third or fourth quarter of 2006.
HVAC Excellence, a not-for-profit organization, was created in 1994 to address the need for national education and evaluation standards for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVACR) industry. For more information, visit www.hvacexcellence.org.