The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES), a nationally known training authority for heating, air conditioning, and R\refrigeration mechanics specialists, awarded Allen Spearman its Certificate Member Specialist (CMS) designation in domestic HVACR systems.
To become a Certified Member (CM) or a Certified Member Specialist (CMS), members of RSES must demonstrate a high level of knowledge and expertise in HVAC theory, design, installation, maintenance, and repair. This includes completing 60 hours of approved training and education and passing a comprehensive certification exam.
Holding the CM or CMS credential indicates to employers and customers that the RSES member has a high level of professional competence complemented by a commitment to maintaining their skills and knowledge through ongoing education and training. They can also be beneficial for individuals seeking advancement in their careers or seeking to stand out in the job market.
What kinds of things that RSES test before conferring Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist status?
The specific content of the certification exam will vary depending on the focus area of the CM/CMS designation (e.g., air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, etc.). However, in general, the exam is likely to cover a range of topics, such as:
- Fundamentals of HVAC systems and components, including principles of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow
- Design and installation of HVAC systems, including system sizing, selection of equipment and materials, and compliance with codes and standards
- Maintenance and repair of HVAC systems, including diagnostic techniques, troubleshooting, and repair procedures
- Safety practices and procedures related to HVAC work, including hazard recognition and control measures
- Professional ethics and business practices relevant to the HVAC industry
The exact content of the certification exam will depend on the specific focus area of the CM/CMS designation. It may also include more specialized topics related to that focus area.
To become a Certified Member (CM), candidates must also complete a minimum of 60 hours of approved training, including at least 30 hours of hands-on training. To become a Certified Member Specialist (CMS), like Allen Spearman, candidates must complete a minimum of 120 hours of approved training, including at least 60 hours of hands-on training.
The approved training may be completed through classroom training, online courses, or on-the-job training. All training must be approved by RSES and cover a prescribed range of topics related to HVAC theory, design, installation, maintenance, and repair.
After completing the required training hours, CM/CMS certification candidates must also pass a comprehensive certification exam to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in their chosen focus area.
Allen Spearman earned the highest score in the country on the certification test. Operating All HVAC and Electrical in Philadelphia since 2017, Spearman is also a master electrician and licensed contractor.