CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FOR OILHEAT TECHNICIANS
NORA offers three main programs - Bronze, Silver and Gold:
- Bronze Certification is designed for the beginner to learn and execute fundamental skills. This certification is the first step toward a rewarding career as an Oilheat Service Technician.
- Silver Certification is technical competence established through training, a test, and field experience.
- Gold Certification is established through previous participation in the Silver Certification program with additional competency in energy efficiency.
The certification programs are based on two training publications:
- The NORA Oil Heat Technician’s Manual which provides effective guidance on basic design, safety and repair of oil heat equipment; and
- The NORA Gold Technician Book - Efficient Oilheat, an Energy Conservation Guide.
The Bronze Certification program is for individuals who have less than three years of field experience. This certification is the first step toward a rewarding career as an Oil Technician. Individuals receive classroom instruction from industry leaders and gather hands-on experience in a fully equipped and functioning laboratory.
Criteria for Bronze Certification
- Minimum of 80 hours of classroom & lab instruction at a NORA Certified School;
- A passing grade of 78% or higher on the Bronze Certification Exam;
The Bronze Level Certification will give individuals recognition and further incentive to train.
After successfully obtaining the Bronze Certification with three years of certified field experience and 20 NORA CEUs, they will automatically be upgraded to Silver Certification. It is suggested that 16 of the required 20 NORA CEUs be obtained by attending and successfully completing the recommended PPMCSA seminars, Installation Codes NFPA 31, NFPA 54 & IRC and Combustion Technology - What the Future Holds?
Silver Certification - Experienced Technician (more than 3 years of experience)
To qualify for national Silver Certification, a technician must obtain an overall passing grade of 78% in the Basic Oil Heat Certification Test, which is based on the NORA Oil Heat Technician's Manual, and 20 NORA CEUs. It is suggested that 16 of the required 20 NORA CEUs be obtained by attending and successfully completing the recommended PPMCSA seminars, Installation Codes NFPA 31, NFPA 54 & IRC and Combustion Technology - What the Future Holds?
Criteria for Silver Certification:
- Minimum of 3 years work experience as an oilheat technician, verified on company letterhead and signed by company owner or manager;
- Minimum of 100 hours of oilheat education training - to include the suggested recommended PPMCSA-sponsored seminars Installation Codes NFPA 31, NFPA 54 & IRC and Combustion Technology - What the Future Holds?
- A passing grade of 78% or higher on the exam.
The publication, Efficient Oilheat, An Energy Conservation Guide, serves as the training manual for attaining Gold Certification. The Gold Certification is for technicians who are able to move beyond basic installation and repair as well as provide systems analysis of the house, advise customers on equipment needs, and diagnose home comfort problems, as well as provide efficiency recommendations.
Criteria for Gold Certification:
- Successful Completion of the Silver Technician Certification exam;
- Minimum of five years work experience as an oilheat technician, must be verified on company letterhead and signed by company owner or manager;
- Minimum of 120 hours of oilheat education training beyond basic oilheat technician courses;
- A passing grade of 78% or higher on the exam.
PPMCSA/NORA's Silver & Gold Certified Service Technicians must complete 24 hours of continuing education (CEUs) every five years to maintain their accreditation.
Ways to Earn CEUs:
- Attending PPMCSA/NORA-approved classes or seminars;
- Watching NORA's training videos and taking online quizzes at www.noraed.org
Courses offered to maintain certification will be listed in the annual PPMCSA Education Schedule, on the individual registration brochures, and posted on the PPMCSA web site at www.ppmcsa.org. Additional courses/seminars may periodically be added to the program.
We will continue to issue technician transcript reports on all service technicians who are certified or in the process of certification. These technicians will also be able to view an up-to-date status report by visiting the NORA Education Center web site, www.noraed.org.
All grades and status reports will be sent to the company representative listed in the PPMCSA Membership Directory, unless we are informed of another person who is designated as the recipient for education material.
The PPMCSA programs 2-week Basic Oil Heat Technician Program, Combustion Technology - What the Future Holds? and Installation Codes NFPA 31, NFPA 54 & IRC, along with a number of programs conducted by Peirce-Phelps, Inc., are NATE recognized programs. Technicians must have their NATE ID card with them to receive credit.