A certification from the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, or NADCA, shows that a company handling HVAC and air quality issues for commercial customers has key experience and knowledge about the industry. Here are some interesting facts about becoming NADCA certified air cleaning specialists.
1. NADCA offers two certifications, the Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) certification, and the Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI) certification — both of these help career pros to advance their knowledge of the industry, to better serve customers.
NADCA certifications are for individuals, not companies — companies choose which individuals acquire these skills certifications as a matter of enhancing the company’s reputation and increasing quality of service.
3. NADCA recommends certification for one or more members of staff — a good first step is to get one team leader or manager certified with NADCA. However, there is no limit to the number of people who can become NADCA certified, and having more certified people means you can field more teams with this kind of experience level.
4. NADCA certifications are built on hands-on industry work in the field – to create the course work that certifications are based on, NADCA worked with subject matter experts (SMEs) to craft the courses and training modules that support final certification outcomes.
5. NADCA certifications are renewable — professionals are encouraged to renew their ASCS certification each year. A CVI certification lasts for three years.
6. NADCA certifications have an annual deadline — in order to certify for the year, industry professionals should apply and take training prior to June 30.
7. NADCA has a long history in the industry — NADCA was founded in 1989, and has become a significant trade organization with a global reach. NADCA helps to promote high quality and professional service for companies who need work done on HVAC or air handling systems.
8. NADCA holds annual events — for example, an Annual Meeting and Exposition is planned in Florida, and a Fall Technical Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri.
9. NADCA has an alias – in some places, the trade group is also known as the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Association. This moniker is even prominent on the group’s web site. However, for certification purposes, the acronym NADCA is exclusively used.
10. The Importance of NADCA Certified Firms (Why It’s Important to Ask Your Vendor about Their Cerification)
Why is it important to ask your vendor if people within the company are NADCA certified?
In routine maintenance repair of HVAC and air systems, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. You don’t often think about this when you’re arranging for servicing equipment, but errors in installation, repair or maintenance can cause big problems, including changes in air pressurization, changes in air quality, and more.
By hiring companies with NADCA certification, you’re getting vendors who know how to protect your investment in your properties, and make sure that everything is working efficiently, while also promoting safety and healthy in terms of the air quality on the premises.
Ask your HVAC vendor if leaders have invested in NADCA certification and training to make sure that you’re in good hands with environmental or air quality firms that service your air handling equipment.