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Links to Additional Information about Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

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Note: Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by the colleges of DCCCD.

  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is the largest HVACR business organization in the world, with members in all 50 states and more than a dozen foreign countries. The contractor-focused organization provides training, technical resources, industry standards and a peer networking program.

  • Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is a trade association representing the manufacturers of air conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration equipment. AHRI’s 300-plus member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America.

  • American Contractors Exam Services offers continuing education courses for Texas HVAC technicians.

  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. (ASHRAE) provides membership to anyone associated with the field. The StudentZone page has information about student membership and meetings, careers and internships, and more.

  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) offers nationally recognized training, certification, accreditation and quality assurance programs.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the EPA Certification Test.

    Regulations under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act minimize refrigerant emissions by maximizing recovery and recycling of such substances and are designed to protect the ozone layer from ozone-depleting substances.

    The certification regulates licensing of refrigerant handling in four designations: Type 1: small appliances; Type 2: high-pressure; Type 3: low-pressure; and universal, pertaining to all three specific types of equipment.

  • FAQs About Air Conditioning and Refrigeration by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation answers commonly asked industry questions and provides information about obtaining an air conditioning and refrigeration contractor’s license.

  • HVAC Excellence provides HVACR technician certification, student assessments, program accreditation and educator credentialing.

  • HVAC Mechanic provides free answers to heating, ventilation and air conditioning system questions for homeowners and professionals.

  • The HVAC Source has job listings, online training, an online parts store and a glossary of industry terms.

  • North American Technician Excellence Inc. (NATE) is an independent, third-party certification body for HVACR technicians. Candidates can earn installation and service certification in five specialty areas: air conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating and oil heating.

  • Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Contractors Association (PHCC) is dedicated to promoting training in the industry. The organization’s careers page features information about training, scholarships and careers.

  • Skills USA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers and high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. It was formerly known as Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA).