(Baltimore, MD) NADCA: The HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Association’s inaugural Fall Technical Conference took place September 30-October 2, 2010 at the Sheraton City Center in Baltimore, MD. The event had more than 100 attendees, and also offered certification courses and tests prior to the Conference.
The NADCA Fall Technical
Conference was a success, in part, due to the availability of two training
tracks designed for different levels of technicians. Attendees were able to
choose from the Technician Track – for individuals with two years of experience
or less – or the Advanced Track, which was designed for technicians who have
worked in the industry more than two years.
Robert “Buck” Sheppard,
NADCA President, called the Fall Technical Conference a “resounding success.”
Sheppard, of AAA Indoor Air Quality in Portland, OR, added, “Attendance was
high, the content was fabulous and having separate tracks for new and advanced
level technicians was a home run with attendees.”
Rick MacDonald, of Armstrong
Heating & Power Vac in Manchester, NH, said the conference gave attendees
valuable education on how to properly inspect, maintain and restore HVAC
MacDonald, a member of the
NADCA Board of Directors, said, “People tend to learn more at a conference than
with online training, because they can share their success and failures with
colleagues. Seeing the equipment and tools in person can sometimes be more
beneficial than looking at pictures or watching a video.”
The Fall Technical Conference
also included a Hands-On Training portion, which was well received by
attendees. During the Hands-On training, attendees were given the chance to
explore HVAC components such as coils and pumps, and they were also shown an
array of equipment for cleaning these systems.
Sheppard said, “Reading
about theory and practice is always a great starting point and is important for
all of us, but actually having the opportunity to experience practical
application is an indispensable experience. Attendees were able to see
first-hand the skills and applications that are not always seen on a day-to-day
For information on the
NADCA Technical Conference, contact NADCA Headquarters at (202) 737-2926 or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.