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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Installation and Startup (2111)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: apply personal and environmental safety procedures, including personal protective equipment (PPE); use fire protection equipment and procedures; define electrical safety procedures; outline HVAC-specific safety procedures; define modes of heat transfer and British Thermal Unit (BTU); measure with a ruler, correctly identify fractions; calculate GPM, CFM, and CFM per ton; explain the properties of air; accurately interpret blueprints and electrical diagrams; identify, use, and maintain hand and power tools; explain basic electrical theory and codes; discuss series and parallel circuits; identify, install, and test various electrical circuits and components (thermostats, transformers, fuses, relays, etc.); solder and/or braze, and leak test tubings and fittings; set up and operate torch and equipment; properly use various piping and tubing types and fittings; identify proper duct design and sizing;  fabricate a fiberglass or metal duct; install duct, fasteners, supports, and hangers;  insulate ducts; identify duct fabrication tools; explain sequence of operation; properly set up and adjust warm air equipment, including verification of ignition and flame proving devices; explain flue installation and sizing, adhering to appropriate gas codes; discuss hydronic system operation and hydronic operating pressures and temperatures; identify refrigerants by pressure and temperature relationship; list system components and metering devices; measure system temperatures and pressures, including sub-cooling and superheat; recover, pressure test, evacuate, and charge an air conditioning system, according to EPA 608 Clean Air Act requirements; employ proper operation of heat pumps, reversing valve, defrost controls, and various other component functions; install and wire auxiliary/emergency heat, including outdoor thermostats; identify types of heat pumps (water sourced, air-to-air, dual fuel); identify refrigeration components and various types of refrigeration systems. Performance Component: Brazing and Soldering (37%), Refrigerant Recovery (22%), and Gas Furnace Start-Up and Check-Out (41%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in HVAC, Refrigeration, General Technology or Mechanical Technology (5/12) (5/17 revalidation) (12/21 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.