NCI Certifications

NCI Certification and Recertification Requirements and Rules

 

National Comfort Institute Inc. (NCI) provides training, test instruments, and consultation to HVAC contractors worldwide so they may provide safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient homes and offices.

National Comfort Institute has trained and certified over 25,000 industry professionals during the past two decades. NCI introduced the concept of Performance-Based Contracting™ to describe a contractor who delivers proven, measured performance on the HVAC systems he or she services. This term also extends to the home performance work performed, which is rooted in HVAC system performance.

The certifications are achieved by attending the training related to the certification and passing a written and/or hands-on certification exam. General prerequisites for entry level NCI training include basic HVAC or energy-testing field experience, and formal training, and certification in basic HVAC.

Certifications are valid for two years from the certification date. See NCI Recertifications (below) for details regarding how to renew.

Why Get Certified?


"For technicians, certification classifies a worker as a top-notch performer, and also serves as a confidence builder for customers and others across the industry. Each individual notification provides the recipient with international credibility, status, and legitimacy throughout their specialty area."

Excerpt from Accreditations, Certifications Provide Credibility, Status, By Herb Woerpel, Of The NEWS Staff

 

NCI Certifications

Residential:

NCI offers residential (up to 5 tons or 2000 cfm) certifications, including:

  1. Certified Residential Air Balancer
  2. Certified Residential System Performance Specialist
  3. Certified Carbon Monoxide and Combustion Analyst
  4. Certified Duct System Optimization Specialist

 

Commercial:

NCI offers commercial (up to 20 tons or 8000 cfm) certifications, including:

  1. Certified Commercial Air Balancer
  2. Certified Commercial System Performance Specialist

 

Large Commercial:

Through NCI's National Balancing Council, certifications in large commercial (over 20 tons or 8000 cfm) air and hydronic testing and balancing are offered, including:

  1. Certified Balancing Technician
  2. Certified Balancing Supervisor

 

NCI Recertification

If your NCI Certification has recently expired, or if it expires soon, you must take NCI Continuing Education training to get recertified. To achieve NCI recertification, you are required to complete a minimum of one (1) day of NCI training. This training must be completed within two (2) years of your last certification or recertification date. Recertification in each of the specific NCI disciplines can be achieved through the following options:

 

Residential Air Balancing Recertification

  1. Complete Day 3 of the Residential System Performance & Air Balancing class
  2. Complete the Commercial Air Balancing class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Commercial Air Balancer Certification)
  3. Complete the 2-day Residential HVAC System Performance class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Residential HVAC System Performance Specialist Certification)
  4. Complete the 2-day HVAC System Redesign & Renovation class
  5. Complete the Commercial HVAC System Performance class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Commercial HVAC System Performance Specialist Certification)
  6. Complete the Duct System Optimization class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Duct System Optimization Specialist Certification)

 

Commercial Air Balancing Recertification

  1. Complete Day 2 of the Commercial Air Balancing class
  2. Complete Day 2 of the Commercial HVAC System Performance class
  3. Complete the 2-day HVAC System Redesign & Renovation class
  4. Complete the 2-day Residential HVAC System Performance class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Residential HVAC System Performance Certification)
  5. Complete the Duct System Optimization class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Duct System Optimization Specialist Certification)

 

Residential HVAC System Performance Recertification

  1. Complete Day 2 of the Commercial HVAC System Performance class
  2. Complete Day 2 of the Commercial Air Balancing class.
  3. Complete the 2-day HVAC System Redesign & Renovation class
  4. Complete the Duct System Optimization class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Duct System Optimization Specialist Certification)

 

Commercial HVAC System Performance Recertification

  1. Complete Day 2 of the Commercial HVAC System Performance class
  2. Complete Day 2 of the Commercial Air Balancing class
  3. Complete the 2-day Residential HVAC System Redesign & Renovation class
  4. Complete the 2-day Residential HVAC System Performance class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Residential HVAC System Performance Certification)
  5. Complete the Duct System Optimization class (if a student chooses this option and passes the certification exam, he or she will also receive the Duct System Optimization Specialist Certification)

 

Carbon Monoxide Safety & Combustion Recertification

Complete 1 day of the Carbon Monoxide Safety & Combustion class. Note: Day 3 is a test day and does not qualify for recertification training hours.

  1. Complete Day 2 of the Carbon Monoxide Safety & Combustion class. Note: Day 3 is a test day and does not qualify for recertification training hours.
  2. Complete the Commercial Combustion Safety and Diagnostics class

 

Training hours can only apply to one recertification. If taking a two-day class, where applicable, each day can qualify for an 8-hour training day towards a recertification.

*NCI provides a courtesy grace period of one year following expired certifications. If a certification is expired, the student has up to one year to take required recertification training. This grace period does not extend the length of his recertification period, which would last for two years following his original required recertification date.

Please note: You can take recertification training up to one year before your current certification expires. This will extend your certification period for two years beyond your current expiration date.

 

For more information or to register for training, call 800-633-7058

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