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What You Need to know about the HVAC License Test – Q&A with Wade Airheart

Wade Airheart is the owner and instructor at Construction Seminars, Inc. In his 30 years of teaching he has helped over 30,000 students receive contractor licenses in both New Mexico and Texas.

We asked Wade if he could share his insights about the HVAC/R Test and how CDI test prep classes prepare students for success.

What Surprises People the Most About the Test?

People are most surprised by the fact that their years of field experience is of little use when taking the exams. The codes (which the tests are based on) are the worst, minimum standards that are acceptable to pass an inspection, not a good standard. Contractors tend to over engineer things in the field to avoid callbacks. Answering questions on the exam based on field experience will usually lead to an incorrect answer on the test.

What Do People Struggle With the Most on the Test?

Each person is different and has unique challenges when it comes to taking the exams. Some will struggle with math, others with time management, and some will struggle figuring out where to find information in the books. For some, English is a second language for them and these learners tend to struggle the most.

Are There Any Myths About the Test?

People who do well on the test are the best people to hire. The tests only tell us whether someone could find information in a book. You should always try to hire a contractor who has a history of satisfied customers, preferably a referral from a trusted friend.

How Does CDI Approach Test Prep?

The tests are largely open book. The questions are randomly generated from a pool of questions. I feel that a comprehensive understanding of the layout of the books, and being able to extract information out of them are the keys to success on the exams. Because of the extensive pool of questions that the testing agency uses to create this exam is so large (600-900 per test), our goal is to give the students the skills to find the information in the books, rather than focusing on memorizing questions. We also teach them the necessary math to be able to do any calculations that they find on the exams.

Get the Support You Need to Get It Done

  • Over 20 years experience
  • Fastest licensing process
  • Proven test prep strategies
  • Interact with live instructors

Let us help you earn your Texas HVAC A or B license like Bradley did by calling us today at 1.888.500.PASS (7277).

We’ve worked with thousands of contractors to help them reach their goals. With our licensing and test prep services, you’ll be ready for just about anything the licensing exams can throw your way.

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Texas HVAC Business Owner Shares His Experience With the HVAC/R Test

What difficulties did you have with the test?

I’m Spanish and English, so I have difficulties sometimes with the second language.

I had to purchase a different type of class online, where they actually had me repeat it and repeat it and repeat it, like the questions. They were a little more on top of you – they were teaching you the questions, and that actually helped me to pass the second time, the exam.

Which part of the test preparation helped you the most?

Once you start doing the quizzes, I think that’s what helped me a lot. They give you 55-60 questions for just math. Each category that you have for each book, you know, “what’s the law for this” or “how many inches it has to be for that.” So I guess the questions, the quizzes – they were very similar as to the test, so I quite understand it better.

And then repeating those things over and over and over, you kind of memorize the equations and you know the most important things that you needed to know for this quiz. It did help.

How did the instructor help you?

From a technician point of view, you know, it had nothing to do with our experience, right? I think that’s what makes it harder, because you have experience and you try to apply the experience that you have with what they’re asking in the exam.

Don’t use your experience, your knowledge that you already know. Just focus on the theory of the book. Like the instructor said, forget about what you know. It’s like if you’re a brand new student. You don’t know anything. This is going to change your mind of thinking and the way you see things, and he was right about that. I will never forget that.

Tell us a little about yourself and your company.

I got my license this year and we started our company in April. The name of our company is LLA Blessing, and it’s a family-owned business.

I actually failed the first time. It’s kind of hard for you to do your personal stuff and then study at the same time. It was online, so it made a big difference. It took a lot of effort to study.

Really happy that I finally got the licenses.

How HVAC Test Prep Saved a Family Business

CDI test prep Alumni Bradley Maddalozzo of Mercury Heating & Air talks about his experience with taking and passing the HVAC/R Exam, getting his Class A license, and taking over a third generation family business. 

“I don’t see how anyone could have a bad experience in this course. We get right to work.”

What’s your experience/background in the industry?

I’m a third-generation family business. I grew up in this stuff. I work for Mercury Heating and Air.  We’ve been a family-owned business since 1974. My grandpa owned it, then my dad. Now I’m running it with an A certification. 

We’re not a big company, but we do a lot of new installations and services for residential. I feel like we have good people skills, most everyone I work for is a repeat customer.

What was your experience with the test?

When I got approved to take it the first time, I just went to take it to get a feel for it and failed, obviously. I took the prep test because I knew I needed it. I took it and figured that I should take the B [license test] and then took the A [license test].

It’s definitely a rough test. To me it has nothing to do with working. It’s all just stuff that I’ve never had to deal with in the field. It seems more geared toward engineers than field workers.

What career accomplishments are you most proud of?

Just getting that license was a big deal. I was working under my dad’s license. And then he passed away, so I had to get it to work. After failing [the test] a few times, it was looking bad for me stress-wise. [Passing] allowed me to step in and take over the family business.

Why was it important for you to attend a test prep seminar to pass your exam?

I wanted an in-person class. I learn better in person. I need someone to show me a trick to remember something. All these others are online and that’s fine. I saw videos on YouTube about the course saying they failed it a few times, but they went to [CDI] and passed the first time.

Do you recommend CDI to other HVAC Contractors?

This guy I’ve known forever, his son-in-law is trying to take it. I sent him the flyer and recommended it. He tells you everything: keywords, how to read the book, [interpret the] code.

It’s funny, the day after I passed my test, I texted Wade. He shared his number and told us to reach out and update us on whether we passed or not. I let him know that I appreciated everything he did.

[Told him] that I passed, he even recommended an insurance company for me to use.

I don’t see how anyone could have a bad experience in this course. We’re getting right to work. 

What did you appreciate most about their approach to teaching?

He has good teaching skills. He had really good stories that help you remember things easier: talking about his daughter or shooting guns.

Get the Support You Need to Get It Done

  • Over 20 years experience
  • Fastest licensing process
  • Proven test prep strategies
  • Interact with live instructors

Let us help you earn your Texas HVAC A or B license like Bradley did by calling us today at 1.888.500.PASS (7277).

We’ve worked with thousands of contractors to help them reach their goals. With our licensing and test prep services, you’ll be ready for just about anything the licensing exams can throw your way.

Call us today at 888-500-7277 to get started!

Start HVAC Test Preparation