I need a particular LICENSE or CERTIFICATION, what class should I take to prepare me for it?
The 32BJ Training Fund offers many courses that lead to important certifications by governmental agencies. Jobs throughout the building service industry require that 32BJ members possess some or all of these certifications. Licensing and certification can be a stepping stone to increased responsibility and job promotion. Credentialing in areas such as Air Pollution Control, #6 Low PSI Oil Boiler, and Standpipe & Sprinkler can be the key to future employment.
Certification can be obtained from agencies such as the FDNY, USEPA, OSHA, NYCDEP & NYSDEC upon successful completion of the related course, examination and submission of the proper paperwork. Many certifications require additional qualifications, for example Fire Safety Director for Commercial Buildings requires three years experience in a commercial building. Also many governmental agencies require a fee for the certification. The certification chart provides details on how you can achieve all of the certifications and licenses we offer.
I want to become a Superintendent or Building Engineer, what classes should I take?
There are many pathways to improving your career. All rely on work experience and credentials. First you must determine your career goal. Is your goal to progress in a residential or commercial setting? Do you want to work as a building engineer? Your answers to these questions will guide what pathway or career track you should follow.
The 32BJ Training Fund has laid out several career tracks of study that, along with your experience, will help give you the necessary tools to achieve your career goal. Although there is no guarantee, we feel that following one of our career tracks will give increased access and more opportunity for growth.
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What does a Refrigeration License provide me?
There are two refrigeration licenses: one from the EPA and one from the FDNY.
The EPA credential is Section 608 EPA Certification for Refrigerant Recovery. This certification allows you to work with refrigerant (Freon). You receive it based on the level (Type I, II, III or Universal) you obtain on the exam. Each level affords you increased responsibility in the area of refrigerant recovery.
The FDNY refrigeration license is called Refrigeration System Operating Engineer. This is the culmination of 18 months of study and several FDNY examinations. To be granted the credential you must pass both a written and practical examination. Once complete you will possess the credentials necessary to be a building engineer in a commercial building. This credential, along with your experience, will give you greater opportunity for career advancement.