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CERTIFIED HEATING TECHNICIAN PROGRAM

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The Certified Heating Technician (CHT) and the Certified Geothermal Technician (CGT) are 2 year apprenticeship training programs administered through the Residential Construction Industry Training Organization (RCITO) and by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) for individuals interested in comprehensive trades training to design, install, commission and service forced air, hydronic and geothermal heating systems.  Upon completion of the program, an individual receives a Certificate of Qualification from ITA.

Below is information on the program structure, how to enrol and upcoming courses offered.

Program Overview

Please review the Certified Geothermal Technician (CGT) and Certified Heating Technician (CHT) training programs model by clicking the thumbnail below.


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Program Profiles

Click the following titles to review complete profiles for each program: CHT Program Profile »CGT Program Profile »


APPRENTICES

Apprentices who intend to take the technical training must first register as an apprentice with ITA. Your employer is to be your sponsor. In the event you do not have an employer to sponsor you, TECA and/or RCITO can be your sponsor for the technical training.

VIEW APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITIES LIST » | POST YOUR RESUME »

Steps to Apprenticeship:

CHALLENGERS

For those with experience in the industry, program challenge options are available to earn your Certificate of Qualification without additional school provided you meet an established criteria.  Please see the Program Profiles above for more information.

Before you begin, complete online Prior Learning Assessment to check for challenge eligibility.

Transition Period Heating Technician Program Challenge

During the transition period which expires December 31, 2011, in lieu of writing the Certificate of Qualification examination to obtain a Heating Technician Certificate of Qualification, ITA will accept the following experience and training as proof of trade knowledge:

  • 6,000 work based hours AND
  • BCSA Class B Gasfitter License AND
  • One of the following endorsements:

    - Forced Air (valid TECA Quality First "Forced Air Guidelines" number, TECA Quality First "Ventilation Guidelines" number, credit for TECA’s Quality First "Basics of Air) AND/OR

    - Hydronics (valid TECA Quality First "Ventilation Guidelines" number and "Hydronic Design" number)

Steps to Challenging:

  • Complete transition challenge application, if not eligible for transition period challenge option please see below for other challenge options [CHT Application Form » or CGT Application Form »]
  • Provide applicable documentation to support application including:
    • Gas Fitter B number
    • Quality First numbers as applicable
    • Evidence of work based hours
      • Self employed applicants need statutory declaration and 3 letters of trade reference (letters from general contractors and suppliers stating length of time in the industry and quality of workmanship are acceptable.)

Non-Transition Heating Technician Challenge

For individuals wishing to challenge the program and who do not meet the requirements for transition, a challenge exam is available.

  • 4500 documented hours per endorsement of directly related work experience are required to challenge BC Certificate of Qualification examination.
  • BCSA Class B Gasfitter license (not required for equivalency status)

Steps to Challenging:

  • Complete challenge application [CHT Application Form » or CGT Application Form »]
  • Provide applicable documentation to support application including:
    • Gas Fitter B number
    • Evidence of work based hours
    • Self employed applicants need statutory declaration and 3 letters of trade reference (letters from general contractors and suppliers stating length of time in the industry and quality of workmanship are acceptable.)

Prior Learning Credit

Credit is available for industry training programs (Thermal Environmental Comfort Association; Canadian Hydronics Council; Canadian GeoExchange Coalition).

Level 1 & Hydronics Endorsement

Technical training credit is available as follows:

ITA will accept the following combination of experience and training to credit apprentice with Level 1 and Level 2 technical training:

  • 6,000 work based hours AND
  • valid TECA Quality First "Ventilation Guidelines" number, Canadian Hydronics Council Certified Installer number and "Hydronic Design" number

Level 1 & Forced Air Endorsement

ITA will accept the following combination of experience and training to credit apprentice with Level 1 and Level 2 technical training:

  • 6000 work based hours AND
  • valid TECA Quality First "Forced Air Guidelines" number, TECA Quality First "Ventilation Guidelines" number, credit for TECA’s Quality First "Basics of Air"

Note: BCSA Gasfitter B course and exam and Recommendation for Certification signed by the Sponsor and a certified Heating Technician or equivalent with the same endorsement is required for all apprentices who opt for Prior Learning Assessment.

EMPLOYERS

POST APPRENTICE OPPORTUNITY » | REVIEW APPRENTICE RESUMES »

Checklist:

  • Complete the TECA online contact form so we can assist you in your role as an employer [Click here to submit the form »]
  • Register as an employer with ITA when you register your apprentice
  • If not a TECA member become one to access apprentice resumes and post opportunities
  • Encourage employees to obtain their CHT

Gas Fitter B Policy Letter from BCSA

This letter outlines the requirements for an individual to take the BCSA Gas Fitter B course and exam. [Read the letter »]

Upcoming CHT training Dates

To make course scheduling easier for apprentices and Institutions, TECA is managing the class lists. Please complete the training request form and submit a $200 refundable commitment fee to either the TECA office or fax to 596-0906 to sign up for the next available class. [Click here to download PDF form »]

No classes available for online registration at this time.

Additional Info and Resources

Upgrade your Gasfitter "GV/C" to "B"

Pacific Vocational College
Phone: 604.421.5255
Fax: 604.421.7445
Email: admin@pacificvocationalcollege.ca
http://www.pacificvocationalcollege.ca

Mailing Address:

4064 McConnell Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia V5A 3A8
Canada

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