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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Maintenance Technology - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8297)

Course Category: 
NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.
September 2014 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: identify HVAC systems and occupational requirements; identify causes of jobsite accidents and measures to prevent them; recognize jobsite hazards and describe measures to prevent them from occurring; use personal protective equipment; describe OSHA regulations; identify and safely use basic hand tools and power tools used in the trade; identify types of blueprint plans and read and interpret blueprint plans; select, measure, cut, and ream piping and tubing; assemble piping projects and pressure test according to trade standards; identify and assemble PVC pipe and fittings; assemble copper tubing projects and pressure test according to trade standards; solder copper tubing; Braze and silver solder ACR tubing; identify and demonstrate proper use of fittings and tools for steel (black) pipe; assemble corrugated stainless steel gas tubing (CSST) projects; identify piping material such as PVC, ABS, copper, black iron; calculate basic electrical quantities using Ohm's Law; recognize and draw various types of electrical schematics and symbols; use electrical testing to include mechanical/electronic relays, wire series circuit, parallel circuit, and series/parallel circuit; install electric disconnects, circuit breakers, and fuses; identify and test capacitors, electrical motors and their applications; describe motor control protection and start devices; discuss transformers and their applications; measure temperature and pressure of a cooling system; calculate superheat and subcooling; locate and describe components of the basic refrigeration cycle; apply pressure temperature charts for various refrigerants; describe the functions of compressors, condensers, evaporators, and metering devices; evaluate effects of airflow on system performance; describe the principles of combustion; Identify temperatures and pressures of a heating system; identify components of various heating systems; perform maintenance on a gas furnace; troubleshoot conventional/condensing gas heating equipment; identify oil heating equipment; install and adjust oil-fired equipment; perform annual preventive maintenance on oil fired equipment; troubleshoot oil fired equipment; Identify electric heating equipment; Install heating/air conditioning thermostats according to manufacturer's standards; perform combustion analysis on oil and gas fired equipment; identify and describe the different types of duct system components; measure temperature, humidity, and air velocities; determine velocity, static, and total air pressures in a system; perform basic duct fabrication functions; detail a hot water heating system components; install and service hydronic systems; locate refrigerant leaks using common types of leak detectors; perform refrigerant recovery and system evacuation and dehydration; determine when to charge with liquid versus vapor; weigh in correct system charge (when appropriate); perform gas burner flame proving tests according to trade standards; install, troubleshoot, and service gas heating equipment; identify control system components; install, troubleshoot, and service cooling equipment; explain heat pump modes of operation; identify and describe heat pump components; install heat pumps; and demonstrate skills with computer software relating to HVAC.  Performance Component:  Brazing or Soldering (34%); Refrigerant Recovery (33%); and Gas Furnace Start-Up and Check-Out (33%).


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

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in HVAC or General Technology (9/14) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 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.