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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, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) (3045)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
May 2007 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: explain basic AC/DC theory; use electrical formulas; interpret/construct electrical diagrams and series/parallel circuits; use ohmmeters, voltmeters, and ammeters; identify/test various electrical components; apply and manipulate Ohm's Law; use correct wiring exercises; perform troubleshooting; test transformers; replace 3-phase motors (wire for high and low volts); wire residential heat pump control circuits; test capacitors and calculate multiple capacitors and fuses and calculate fuse size; identify types of solder and alloys; choose proper flux for each alloy; explain soldering/brazing of tubings and fittings and use of nitrogen or carbon dioxide when brazing; apply measurement taking skills; set-up/use of torch and equipment; describe gas welder usage; define leak check procedures; identify melting temperatures; interpret drawings on blueprints; work with tubing and/or pipe; identify valves and fittings; distinguish types of metering valves; describe functions of a distributor; identify methods of defrosting refrigeration systems; test and calibrate controls; define thermostat installation; test motor starting relays; identify and use appropriate hand and power tools; test, analyze, troubleshoot, and repair systems; service motor components and coolers (reach-in and walk-in); explain code regulations; use temperature conversion scales; identify modes of heat transfer; define British Thermal Unit (BTU) and compression ratio; measure using increments; calculate GPM, CFM, and CFM per ton; calculate materials cost; identify refrigerant types for proper application; describe how to evacuate and charge a refrigeration system; service and troubleshoot refrigeration systems; size refrigerant lines; define compressor operation; identify absorption and centrifugal system components; outline defrost procedures; measure superheat; outline refrigeration safety techniques; define recovery, reclamation, and recycling; explain the Montreal Protocol; identify refrigerants by chemical family; employ proper handling and disposal of refrigerants; apply basic first aid skills and procedures; use proper ladder safety; use personal protective equipment (PPE); identify and use fire extinguishers; describe electrical safety procedures; use safe lifting techniques;  correctly handle and report accidents; use safe equipment repair practices; describe HVAC-specific safety procedures; define common operating systems; utilize basic word processing procedures/techniques and identify and prepare spreadsheets; performa basic preparation and maintenance of database; apply resume and job interview skills; components/requirements for effective oral presentations; utilize proposal and technical writing skills; use appropriate organizational skills; identify refrigerants by pressures or color codes; identify types of compressors, condensing units, and evaporator units; perform troubleshooting and use test equipment; service air conditioning systems; measure superheat and subcooling; test, analyze, and replace compressors; identify and describe cooling towers; outline refrigeration reversing cycle; identify different types of defrosting; perform troubleshooting of heat pumps; service heat pump systems; explain emergency heat; work on electric furnaces; identify sequencing contacts and coils; describe wire ampacity; identify types of heat pumps and hydronic system operation and identify hydronic components; describe hydronic operating pressures and temperatures; discuss temperature controls and steam traps; identify low water cut-offs; explain theory of operation; explain temperature rise; identify type of furnace by air flow; identify different types of blowers; identify types of burners; explain removal/installation of burner assembly; outline reassembly of burner tubes; identify and use components (high limits, pressure regulators); use proper hand tools for application; troubleshoot forced air, gas, or oil units; outline operation principles for pilot proving devices; explain proper operation adjustments (measure gas pressure, etc.); accurately read gas meters, calculate gas consumption; determine proper orifice size; test thermocouples, power piles, etc.; describe flue installation; describe primary controls; define purging/adjusting an oil pump; select single and/or dual-stage pumps; define the concept of humidity and its effects; distinguish between wet and dry bulb; test electronic air cleaners; identify humidifiers and associated components and fittings used in ductwork systems; calculate materials list for a duct systems; use measurements from blueprints; fabricate a fiberglass and a metal duct; explain functions of duct fasteners and supports; line ducts; lay out duct fittings and components; identify sheet metals; measure sheet thickness; identify sheet metal tools; identify and define the terms "IC" and "IX." Performance Component: Gas Furnace Start-up and Check (40%), and Air Conditioning (60%).


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, 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.