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Acceptance Test Technicians
NEBB Certification as a California Non-Residential Mechanical Acceptance Test Technician is open to all individuals – union or non-union – that meet the requirements for certification.  This includes licensed HVAC technicians and Professional Engineers. 

Participation in the technician certification program is limited to:
  • Persons who have at least three years of verifiable professional experience and expertise in mechanical controls and systems of the specific acceptance test as determined by NEBB.
  • Certificate of Completion of the approved NEBB training course for each test in which the applicant seeks certification.
Certification Exams:
Each Technician candidate must pass a written entrance exam, designed to verify the candidate’s knowledge of basic HVAC systems, their operation, and engineering principles, as well as a post-class written and performance (hands-on) exam. 
All applicants must pass a written entrance exam. Access the technician certification exam here:  Individual entrance exams have been created to verify the applicant’s knowledge basic HVAC systems, their operation, and engineering principles as it pertains to each Form.
  • Exception: NRCA-MCH-02-A requires two entrance exams.
    • Contains only questions related to CAV systems.
    • Contains only questions related to VAV systems.
  • Technicians may be certified in both CAV and VAV systems.
The written exam is designed to determine that applicants for certification possess all of the knowledge relevant to the specific discipline and protocols contained within the Acceptance Form related to the certification. The exam is professionally proctored and administered, closed book in a secure online format.

The performance exam is designed to demonstrate an ability to understand and proficiently and reliably perform the Mechanical Acceptance Test for which the Technician has applied for certification. The performance exam is conducted in a manner that replicates field acceptance testing conditions and involves performing all associated tasks and correctly filling out the Acceptance Test Forms.  The exams are conducted by NEBB-appointed Examiners.

In order to provide Technicians employed by small contractors engaged in light commercial applications with an opportunity to participate, NEBB has developed more content for the areas of competency that are frequently addressed by this group of technicians. The areas are represented in forms NRCA-MCH-02-A, 03-A, 05-A, 06-A, 07-A, 12-A, 13-A.

Certification Identification Numbers and Cards
All NEBB certified individuals shall be issued a unique Certification Identification Number.  All Certified Technicians shall receive a wallet size certification card that indicates all Acceptance Tests for which the Technician is certified. (Technicians are required to have their certification card on their person when performing acceptance testing.)
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