Industry Recognized Credentials for HVAC

Essential Safety IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve Essential Safety credentials to all students in the program. The essential Safety Credential(s) must be recognized state-wide, if not nationally as valuable and should be most applicable to specific program area.

For this Program area, students (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Safety credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization
OSHA 10 - ConstructionOSHA
EPA Section 608 Certification Refrigerant Handling, Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Carbon Monoxide Safety Certification ESCO Group

Essential Industry IRC(s)

All programs must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve at least one of the listed Essential Program Credentials.

  1. The certification must have high-value currency in the market, which can be gained through various processes including transparency initiatives, general awareness, endorsements and validations, regulations, hiring policies and practices, and/or procedures that can be used to translate the credential into academic credit.
  2. Must lead to improved hiring outcomes and/or increased earnings for students who attain the credential.
  3. Credentials required for employment in program field must be included.

For this Program area, students must (1) prepare students to take and (2) provide an opportunity to achieve earn at least one of the listed Essential Program credentials.

CertificationCertifying Organization
Refrigeration Credit toward licenseCommonwealth of MA
EPA R-410a Refrigerant CertificationEPA
Hot Work Safety CertificationNational Fire Protection Association

Supplemental IRC(s)

Programs may choose to differentiate and expand upon their program by offering additional credentials. Credentials listed as Supplemental/Specialized may include:
  • Credentials that are endorsed by local or regional industry associations or workforce boards
  • Must be attainable for students in the program who master the competencies outlined in the relevant Career Technical Education Framework such as an advanced/stacked credential above the essentials
  • May be equipment, tool, software or process specific if valued by industry.
CertificationCertifying OrganizationPostsecondary
Universal R-410A CertificationESCO Group
Air Conditioning and Heat Pump ProfessionalBuilding Performance InstituteX
Air Conditioning Installation Technician"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Air Conditioning Service Certification"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Air Distribution Installation Certification"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Air Distribution Service Technician"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Air Leakage Control InstallerBuilding Performance InstituteX
Air Systems Cleaning SpecialistNational Air Ducts Cleaning AssociationX
Air to Air Heat Pump Installation"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Air to Air Heat Pump Service Certification"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Basic Refrigeration and Charging Procedures CertificationESCO GroupX
Carbon Monoxide & Combustion Analysis CertificationESCO GroupX
Certified Assistant Refrigeration OperatorRefrigerating Engineers & Technicians AssociationX
Certified Duct and Envelope TestingESCO GroupX
Certified in Hydrocarbon RefrigerantsESCO GroupX
Certified Indoor Air Quality Manager National Registry of Environmental ProfessionalsX
Certified Industrial Refrigeration OperatorRefrigerating Engineers & Technicians AssociationX
Certified Master Specialist Hands-On - Residential Gas FurnaceESCO GroupX
Certified National Appliance Service Technician"Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians"X
Certified Refrigeration Compliance ManagerNational Registry of Environmental ProfessionalsX
Certified Residential Heat Load AnalystESCO GroupX
Certified Subject Matter Educator - Gas HeatESCO GroupX
Certified Ventilation InspectorNational Air Ducts Cleaning AssociationX
Cleanroom Testing EngineerAssociated Air Balance CouncilX
Combustion Analysis CertificationESCO GroupX
Combustion Appliance Zone CertificationESCO GroupX
Commercial Refrigeration Service"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Electrical CertificationESCO GroupX
Fuel Oil Combustion CertificationESCO GroupX
Gas Heat CertificationESCO GroupX
Gas Heating (Air) Installation"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Gas Heating (Air) Service"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Geothermal Heat Pump CertificationESCO GroupX
Green Awareness CertificationESCO GroupX
Ground Source Heat Pump Loop"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Heat Pump CertificationESCO GroupX
Heat Pump Installer CertificationESCO GroupX
Heat Pump Service CertificationESCO GroupX
Heating AssociateNorth American Board of Certified Energy PractitionersX
Heating ProfessionalBuilding Performance InstituteX
HVAC Efficiency Analyst - Senior"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Hydronics Gas Service"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Hydronics Oil Service"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Infiltration and Duct LeakageBuilding Performance InstituteX
Light Commercial Air Conditioning CertificationESCO GroupX
Light Commercial HVAC DesignAir Conditioning Contractors of AmericaX
Light Commercial Refrigeration CertificationESCO GroupX
Light Commercial Refrigeration Service"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Master Oil Heat Specialist CertificationESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Air Economizer ControlsESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Building Automation Systems Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Calculating Indoor Air CFMESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Combustion Analysis CertificationESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Commercial TEV Metering Device TroubleshootingESCO GroupX
"Master Specialist Hands On Constant Air Volume, A/C and Heat Pump Systems Set-up and Commissioning"ESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Demand-Controlled Ventilation Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Duct Leak TestingESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Economizer Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Envelope Leak TestingESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Fault Detection & Diagnostics for Packaged DX Units Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Hydronic System Variable Flow Control Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Light Commercial Air Conditioning CertificationESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Light Commercial Refrigeration CertificationESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Outdoor Air Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Residential Air ConditioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Residential Energy Auditing CertificationESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Residential Heat Gain and Heat Loss CalculationESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Residential Heat PumpESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Supply Water Temperature Reset Controls Set-up and TestingESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On System Charging and Start-upESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Variable Air Volume Set-up and CommissioningESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Hands On Water Valve Leakage TestingESCO GroupX
Master Specialist Residential Electric HeatESCO GroupX
Military Tactical Wheeled Vehicle Certification"Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (MIL7), National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence"X
NAFA Certified Air Filter SpecialistNational Air Filtration AssociationX
NAFA Certified TechnicianNational Air Filtration AssociationX
Oil Heat CertificationESCO GroupX
Oil Heating (Air) Service"North American Technician Excellence, Inc."X
Principles of Electrical and Refrigeration TheoryESCO GroupX
Residential & Light Commercial Hydronic Heat CertificationESCO GroupX
Residential Air Conditioning CertificationESCO GroupX
Residential and Light Commercial Low Pressure Hydronic Heat CertificationESCO GroupX
Residential Heat Load AnalystESCO GroupX
Residential HVAC Design for Quality InstallationAir Conditioning Contractors of AmericaX
Solar Heating InstallerNorth American Board of Certified Energy PractitionersX
STAR Commercial Refrigeration Mastery"National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation"X
STAR HVAC Mastery"National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation"x
STAR Residential-Light Commercial HVACR Mastery"National Inspection, Testing and Certification Corporation"X
System Diagnostics & Troubleshooting CertificationESCO GroupX
Test and Balance TechnicianAssociated Air Balance CouncilX