Ryan Patrick in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania said: I'm currently an auto tech and was thinking about getting into the hvac field. How long does the typical certifaction class last?
If you're talking EPA cert, you don't really need to take a class for that. I downloaded learning materials from the internet, studied for two weeks, and passed my Universal (99/100) the first time.
I'm not saying that everyone could, or should do that, just that it's possible to get the EPA cert without taking classes.
The trouble is that the EPA cert, by itself, isn't really worth anything. You have to have it in order to work on the gear legally, but what you really need is knowledge and experience. And no matter what line of work you're in, you have to get knowledge and experience the old fashioned way--you EARN them.
Anyway, if you just want to get your Universal EPA cert, you can browse to:
That is the ESCO Institute's web page, and you can download a little 12 page booklet there, for 12.95. Study the booklet closely (I read it 10 or 12 times), and go take the EPA 608 Universal test. I would be shocked if you didn't pass it the first time.