The HVAC industry faces a number of workforce development challenges:
More complex and varied heating and cooling equipment is entering the market
Homes are higher performing, but they need proper ventilation and they need to have their HVAC systems appropriately sized
New diagnostic tests and tools are being developed, but there is limited knowledge about how to perform these tests
New certifications are being developed, but workers need to have the skills, knowledge and abilities to become certified
New verification systems are being introduced that help technicians fine tune key installation performance metrics
Training organizations play a critical role in improving contractor capabilities and raising the bar for the entire industry.
The ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation Program relies upon a competent workforce of HVAC technicians, 3rd-party Verifiers, and other skilled workers whose installations are successfully verfied to ensure maximum system performance. While EPA provides limited technical and training resources for HVAC contractors and home energy professionals participating in the ESVI Program, the ESVI Program’s success will rely on the HVAC training industry to continue to raise the bar for the knowledge, skills and abilities of HVAC professionals.