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This page is dedicated to answering some frequently asked questions about Minnick and BPI Testing. To read the answers to these FAQs, simply scroll down. If your question isn’t on this page, feel free to email further inquiries to info@minnicktc.com.

What is the value of being a Certified Professional?

The value of being a BPI Certified Professional is:

  • Understanding the relationship between all the systems in the house and its effect on occupant health, safety, and comfort, energy efficiency, and durability.
  • Finding the real problem and fixing it, instead of putting a bandage on one of the symptoms.
  • Getting the edge over low-bid contractors.

Who can be a Certified Professional?

Anyone! While no formal experience is necessary to participate in most examinations, we strongly recommend that you seek training from Minnick and have some experience in the building performance industry before attempting any BPI certification designations. Of course, to achieve certification you must pass both online and field examinations as set by BPI at our Minnick test center.

Why do I need these courses?

It is estimated by the HVACR industry that today we are 60,000 technicians short of meeting the need of the U.S. Since 1982 there has been a student enrollee decline of 71% in conventional programs for the HVACR industry. It is estimated that students with a certificate degree can earn a minimum of $25,000 and within a few years (with additional courses and experience), the sky is the limit! A service technician working with an HVACR company in Phoenix, AZ earned $142,000 last year using his sales and HVACR experience. It is totally up to you how these courses can benefit you in your future HVACR career.

Why online?

The world is becoming educated via the web. Until now, there were no HVACR courses online. You won’t lose time at work to go to a class, nor will you miss reading a story to your child at night because you have to structure your life for “class time.” Online also means no travel! Class time really is whenever you say it is, morning or evening, 365 days a year.

How does the online education delivery method work?

Once the completed registration form is received, our registrar will send the access needed to enter the course(s). You’re off to the start of a great career, or to enhancing your current career! The courses are offered asynchronously, which means you can study at your own pace and at any time of the day. Spend as much time as needed on a certain page or subject. As with classroom courses, our courses are instructor-led; any questions for the faculty/mentor, just email and you will have an answer within 24 hours.

Minnick gives me the online education, now how do I get the “hands-on” experience?

For those students who are not currently employed in the HVACR field, we recommend contacting local employers for either employment or internships. This can also be done through secondary school couselors in the “School to Work” program, or counselors in your State Labor/Unemployment Office through the “One Stop” employment program of Workforce Investment Act. Most employers are very excited to take on an individual who shows motivation in pursuit of an HVACR career.

What do the courses cost?

The cost varies among the different courses and programs we offer. For a complete listing of our current prices, please go to www.minnicku.com/online-courses. From there you can access most of the courses, programs, and products we offer, complete with descriptions and pricing.

How long are each of the courses?

Each course or online program is comprised of a series of modules with reading and tests to complete. For each course, you have 60 days to complete all of the modules. If needed, a one-time extension can be purchased. There are review prep courses available as well, which have an access period of 30 days.

Can I complete the courses at an accelerated pace?

Yes, the course can be completed as fast as you wish to complete it within the 60 day completion period. We have found that on average it takes about 2.5 to 3.5 hours to move through one module and study well. This means around 20-28 hours of study to really get to know the material in one module.

What happens if I fail the BPI exam?

When we say that we are raising the bar in home performance contracting, we mean it. We want to challenge technicians to get the skills necessary to help homeowners diagnose and solve their homes’ problems.The written exams and field exams are challenging. Not everyone passes. Those who fail the exam can schedule to retake it. You have three attempts at both the written and field exam in one year. The year starts at your first attempt followed by two additional attempts. If you have tested three times, you must wait a year past your first initial attempt.

Can I see my BPI results online?

Yes, by logging into the candidate portal, you can see your testing history, CEU count, update your personal information, and more.

I have completed the online course and my company has verified my competency. What next?

You may want to keep your comptency sheets for your own records. There is a final exam per course. This can be taken online at your convenience. It is not proctored. It is to your benefit — and only yours — to study and take the exam on your own. The passing grade per course is 75%. This will NOT take into account your hands-on experience. Upon successful completion, a certificate is mailed to the student. Be sure your information is accurate and up-to-date when you begin your course and throughout the duration of your studies.info@minnicktc.com

I’m ready for the ICE (Industry Competency Exam) offered through ARI (Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Institute) or the NATE (North American Technician Excellence) Core Exam. How will this work?

First, congratulations on your achievement! You will receive the course completion certificates via regular post mail so be certain we have your correct mailing address. Next, these exams are offered by their respective organizations. ARI and NATE require that these exams be proctored by either a local Community College, vocational school, or an approved local testing site such as Minnick. Contact ARI at www.ahrinet.org, or NATE at www.natex.org, or Minnick at  and the organization will advise you on where to take the exam.

What if I’m not interested in being “certified” or going through the whole program? Can I just take any course that appeals to me or my specific interests?

We provide education to the technicians of the HVACR industry. We encourage certification but realize that everyone has his or her own training agenda. If we can provide all or part of that need, we are happy to do so.

Will I need to purchase additional books?

For students who are only taking one or two courses, an additional text is recommended, but not required. Books are always a great reference and you will have it for future courses if you continue the program. For students in a “program” that is composed of multiple courses, the text is required. You may purchase the textbooks or other media through www.minnicktc.com/courses-books-media.

What browser and computer hardware requirements are there?

Computers that support the following browsers are adequate:

  • Internet explorer (v5.5 or later)
  • Firefox (all versions)
  • Sea Monkey (all versions)
  • Netscape (v7 or later)
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Chrome

While high-speed internet is recommended, you can still take courses online using dial-up. Most computers purchased in the last 4 or 5 years will have most of what is required.

What is your money back policy?

If you are dissatisfied with a course or with any terms, conditions, rules, policies, guidelines, or practices of Minnick in operating the course, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue taking the course. We allow a refund while within the FIRST module of the course if you find it unsatisfactory to your needs and development.

 

You are solely responsible for all course activities while using our systems. Possession and usage of all information obtained from Minnick is at your own risk. You are not allowed to let others access and use the service, nor make your password available to others. You may not use the password of another user of the service. Taking our online courses requires a dedication and self motivation by the user. Get the most for your money and take full advantage of our mentors and assets in every course.

For more information, you can visit the BPI website, HVACR edu website, or the Minnicks homepage.