Technical Core Assessment

Technical Core Assessment (TCA)

If you’re not sure where to start, or if you don’t know what you should study first, start with this online assessment of your current knowledge. The Technical Core Assessment will indicate your strengths and weaknesses in 27 different knowledge areas of HVACR and Building Performance; and your results indicate your readiness for industry certification exams such as HVAC Excellence, NATE, or BPI. The Assessment is actually 27 separate assessments with nine (9) that focus on the HVACR Core knowledge areas, and the remainder aligned with HVACR specialty topics. They are given in a sequence (see below) starting with (1) 30 question exam on Safety. The questions for each exam are randomly selected from a pool of qualified questions for that knowledge area. Registration for the TCA does not require you to take all of the assessments. You can choose to take only those that are important to you, or you can take all of them. However, you must complete all the Core Assessments. It is not necessary to complete all of the assessments in one sitting. Allow 30 minutes for each assessment. You’ll receive an email with your results and a Personal Education Plan (PEP) shortly after you complete the assessments. Your performance on the assessments will determine the structure of your PEP--our recommended list of reviews and courses that, when completed, will bring your knowledge up to the industry standards for excellence. This is a great way to assess your knowledge. Or, if you’re a manager or supervisor, it is a great way to establish a training plan for new hires or your existing technicians. Plan to finish them all within 30 days after your enrollment. The knowledge areas covered are:

  • HVACR Safety
    • Safety Assessment (Core) - 30 Questions
  • HVAC ET 2
    • HVAC Efficiency Technician 2 (Core) - 12 Questions
  • HVACR Electrical
    • Electrical 1 Assessment (Core) - 20 Questions
    • Electrical 2 Assessment (Core) - 20 Questions
    • Electrical 3 Assessment (Core)- 20 Questions
    • Electrical 4 Assessment (Core) - 20 Questions
  • HVACR Comfort Physics
    • HVAC Physics Assessment (Core) - 20 Questions
    • HVAC Air Properties Assessment (Core) - 20 Questions
  • HVACR Comfort Cooling
    • Refrigeration Cycle Assessment (Core) – 20 Questions
    • Economizer Assessment – 20 Questions
    • Refrigeration Cycle Service & Maintenance Assessment - 20 Questions
    • Air Conditioning Troubleshooting Assessment - 20 Questions
  • HVACR Comfort Heating
    • Comfort Oil Heating Assessment - 20 Questions
    • Comfort Gas Heating Assessment - 20 Questions
    • Comfort Hydronic Heating Assessment - 20 Questions
    • Comfort Heat Pump Specific Assessment - 20 Questions
  • HVACR System Load Calculations
    • Systems Load Calculations Assessment - 20 Questions
  • HVACR Air Distribution
    • Air Distribution Assessment – 20 Questions
  • Building Science
    • Building Science Assessment – 20 Questions
  • Home Performance
    • Home Performance Assessment – 20 Questions
  • Building Automation Systems
    • Building Automation Systems I Assessment – 20 Questions
    • Building Automation Systems II Assessment – 20 Questions
    • BAS DDC Networking I Assessment - 20 Questions
    • BAS DDC Networking II Assessment - 20 Questions
    • BAS GUI Points Assessment - 20 Questions
    • BAS Basic DDC Programming Assessment - 20 Questions
  • Hydronics
    • Hydronics Assessment - 20 Questions

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Technical Core Assessment
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