HVAC Training: Entry Level Tech

HVAC Training for Technicians: Boot Camp for Entry Level Tech's

This 5 hour series is intended as a basic boot camp level of training for refrigeration and air conditioning. Basic skills needed to successfully integrate into an operating HVACR business as a recruit with little or no HVAC training are covered. The goal is to provide prospective entrants into the field with a in-depth overview they can rely on to quickly develop into entry-level technicians.

The basics that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians need to know span many areas of expertise. This series is designed to break the standard training mold. Basics required by technicians to succeed in the field go beyond a basic level of understanding the science and fundamentals of HVAC. The training will broadly integrate science and practical field guidance with an added emphasis on how to be a successful HVAC company team member. Technicians will be provided with ways to become integrated into the company culture and represent that company’s values in the work they perform.

up-icon.pngWho It's For

Targeted to entry level personnel, but it is open to anyone interested in understanding the basics HVACR. 

Click here to enroll in the online program. 

The cost for the online program is $139 ($99 for ACCA members).


up-icon.pngWhat is Covered

Part 1: Introduction  

Subjects Section 1: 

  • HVAC Basics Introduction 
  • Career Opportunities in HVACR 
  • Company Culture 
  • Advice on applying company culture 

 Subjects Section 2:  

  • HVAC Refrigerant Cycle 

 Part 2: HVAC Refrigeration Components and Hand Tools 1

Subjects Section 3: 

  • Compressor 
  • Condenser 
  • Filter Dryer 
  • Liquid Receiver 
  • TXV 
  • Evaporator 
  • Suction Accumulator 

Subjects Section 4: 

  • MSDS sheets 
  • Personal Protection 
  • Organizing hand Tools 
  • Screw and nut drivers 
  • Adjustable wrenches 
  • Hex Head wrenches 
  • Side cutters, lineman plyers and wire strippers 
  • Needle nose plyers and locking adjustable plyers 

 Part 3: Hand tools 2, and Basic HVAC equipment types 

 Subjects Section 5: 

  • Sheet metal snips 
  • Sheet metal tools 
  • Duct Board tools 
  • Specialty tools 
  • Refrigerant pipe bending tools 
  • Saws 
  • Battery powered drill 
  • Multi-meter 
  • Refrigerant gauges 
  • Leak detectors 
  • Brazing tools 
  • Nitrogen gauge  
  • Pressure differential measuring tools 
  • Temperature and humidity measuring tools 
  • Vacuum pumps and micrometers 
  • Refrigerant recovery tools 

     Subjects Section 6: 

    • Baseboard heat 
    • PTAC 
    • Mini-Split 
    • Fossil Fuel Furnaces and Boilers 
    • Electric Furnaces and Boilers 
    • Hydronic Air handler 
    • Split system AC 
    • Piston expansion device 
    • Heat Pump Cycle 
    • Heat Exchanger (refrigerant to water) 

    Part 4: Electrical Components and Electrical Measurement 1

    Subjects Section 7: 

    • Wire markings 
    • Ohm’s Law 
    • Wire Size 
    • Ohm meter usage 
    • Fuse identification 
    • Disconnect types 
    • Amperage measurement 
    • Voltage measurement 
    • Line voltage and control voltage 
    • Safety switches 
    • Pressure switches 
    • Temperature safety control switches 

    Subjects Section 8: Electrical Components and Electrical Measurement 2 

    • Door safety switches 
    • Relays 
    • Evaporator motors 
    • Capacitor testing 
    • Compressor 
    • Condenser fan motor 
    • Electrical resistance heat and watts 
    • Control boards 
    • Grounding 
    • Wire nuts and wire connections 

    Part 5: Airflow Basics 1

    Subjects Section 9: 

    • Comfort Zone on Psychrometric chart. 
    • Anemometers 
    • Ak calculation 
    • Btu to CFM calculation 
    • Measuring ESP 
    • Static Pressure probes   

    Subjects Section 10: Airflow Basics 2 

    • Condenser airflow watts 
    • Calculating airflow in watts 
    • Airflow across the evaporator 
    • Airflow through duct systems 
    • Traversing explained 
    • Duct leakage testing 
    • Vent flue piping rules 

    Part 6: Hydronic System Basics 1

    Subjects Section 11: 

    • Single loop system components 
    • Globe valves 
    • Gate Valves 
    • Ball Valves 

    Subjects Section 12: Hydronic Basics 2 

    • Solenoid Valves 
    • Check Valves 
    • Dielectric Connectors 
    • Pressure regulating valves 
    • Pressure gauge 
    • Safety valve 
    • Expansion tank 
    • Water flow through the boiler 
    • Air Separator 
    • Auto vent 
    • Circulator Pumps 
    • Radiators & Coils 
    • Hydronic balancing valves 

    Part 7: System Installation Basics 

    Subjects Section 13: 

    • Condenser pad 
    • Moving and opening equipment boxes 
    • Verifying safety hazards 
    • Recognizing metal duct fabrication components 
    • Metal Duct sealing 
    • Duct board sealing and stapler 
    • Installing Filters 
    • Short Filter primer 

    Subjects Section 14: System Installation Basics 2 

    • Thermostat wiring 
    • Swaging Pipe 
    • Brazing Pipe 
    • Leak testing refrigerant lines 
    • Service valves 
    • Vacuum tools 
    • Attaching Refrigerant gauges 
    • Removing Refrigerant Gauges 

    Part 8: System Installation Basics (continued)  

    Subjects Section 15: 

    • Refrigerant charging  
    • Weigh in 
    • Superheat test 
    • Superheat test evaluation 

    Subjects Section 16: System Installation Basics 2 

    • Subcooling test 
    • Subcooling test evaluation 
    • Recycling 
    • Field story 

    Part 9: Maintenance Inspection Basics 1

    Subjects Section 17: 

    • ESP and airflow 
    • Dirty Registers and grilles 
    • Dirty and damaged duct systems 
    • Steam & Hydronic system inspection 
    • Blow down valve 
    • Steam trap 
    • Strainer 
    • System electrical connections/short 
    • Control dampers 
    • Safety drain pan float switch 

    Subjects Section 18: Maintenance Inspection basics (continued) 

    • Gas and Oil Furnaces 
    • Furnace electrical components 
    • Blowers 
    • Ignition components 
    • Photo cell  
    • Ignition transformer 

    Part 10: Maintenance Inspection Basics (continued) 

    Subjects Section 19: 

    • Electric Furnaces 
    • Evaporator Coils 
    • Fin Combs 
    • Disconnect box 
    • Grounding 
    • Contactor points 
    • Capacitors 
    • Condenser coils 
    • Heat pump condensers 
    • Reversing valves

    Subjects Section 20: Maintenance Inspection basics (continued) 

    • Fan Coil units 
    • Belt adjustment 
    • Bacteria/slime 
    • Electric Boiler 
    • Expansion tanks 
    • Circulating pumps 
    • Loop temperature 

    Part 11: Maintenance Inspection Basics (continued) 

    Subjects Section 21: 

    • Boiler Combustion 
    • Venting 
    • Gas Burner 
    • Gas pressure test 
    • Oil Burner 
    • Oil Filter 
    • Electric Boiler 
    • Steam Boiler Story from Field 

    Subjects Section 22: Room Temperature Differences 

    • Room temperature differences 
    • Drafts 
    • Single zone vs multi-zone temperature difference targets 
    • Humidity and temperature and comfort

    Part 12: Filtration Primer 

    Subjects Section 23: 

    • Basic Filtration 
    • Panel Filters 
    • Extended surface filters 
    • Electronic filters 
    • HEPA filters 
    • Filter efficiency vs system efficiency 
    • Particle removal and MERV 
    • UVGI lights

    up-icon.pngAvailable CEU/CEH's

    (CEU/CEH totals available as of March 7, 2016. These are subject to change, please check with pertinent organizations if there are any questions.)

    BPI​ - 1.5 Hours

    RESNET - 3 Hours

    RSES - 3 Hours

    ICC - 0.50 Hours, Course approval number is 21117

    NATE - 5 Hours 

                 AC Installation
    AC Service
    Air Distribution Installation
    Air Distribution Service
    Heat Pump Service 

    Heat Pump Installation
    Gas Furnace Service
    Gas Furnace Installation
    Oil Furnace Service
    Oil Furnace Installation

    HVAC Excellence - 5 CEH hr for the following certification areas:


               Gas Heat
    Oil Heat
    Residential Air Conditioning    
    Air Conditioning Installer

    System Performance
    Light Commercial Air Conditioning
    CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone)



    up-icon.pngHow it Works

    Once you enroll and pay, you will receive an email to sign in/register. If it's your first time using our new system, you will need to enter an access code and user information. If returning, just use the link above and use the “Sign In” tab and enter your email address and password.

    Once you are in, you will see that you can download a .pdf copy of Technician's Guide and Workbook for Entry Level Technicians. Once you have completed the videos, you can take, and pass, a short online exam to earn a course certificate.

    Upon successfully passing the exam a certificate of completion is issued. To receive CEU/CEH credits from a variety of organizations, you are responsible for providing a copy of the certificate to the appropriate certification body. See below for the full list of CEUs. ACCA will maintain your transcript as proof of your credentials.


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    Click here to enroll in the online program.

    The cost for the online program is $139 ($99 for ACCA members).

    Get CEUs! Successful completion of the online certificate program will provide you with a variety of continuing credits available through BPI, NATE, RESNET, RSES and HVAC Excellence.