The Significance of Vocational Skills

It is not possible for every one to end with higher education and white-collar jobs. This is why a child that is growing up into manhood must choose one of two options; ie choosing to learn a trade or to acquire higher education. The choice of which way to go depends on a number of factors. It depends on whether the child has an academic or technical turn. If the child is gifted both ways then the financial status of the parents or the guardian determines which option the child chooses eventually. When the right decisions is not made the end result is that the child ends up among jobless and frustrated persons and the society suffers in terms of poverty and the vices such as prostitution, armed robbery, “4-1-9,” and other unfortunate avenues the child chooses to walk.

A vocation, no matter how frivolous, solves the problem of frustration that inevitably follows when people become tired of giving the unemployed. Nothing wears down a person like being hungry and not seeing the food to eat. Situation like this have the capacity to trigger off a killer kind of frustration. In this situation an unemployed begins to see justification in stealing and eventually robbery. In this regard, a skill that brings just a little becomes very useful. If for instance a juvenile is skilled in carpentry and has his saw, hammer and tape measure, people will always called him to nail one kitchen stool, fix one broken door or to construct one box for casting lintel and is thus able to exercise control over the urge to steal or play the scam on an unsuspecting person.

The problems that follow the inability to empower a young man or woman can however be minimized if only the right steps are taken at the right time. It has often been said, “it is easier to bend a young shoot than to bend and old trunk.” It is the primary responsibility of parents to study the child’s academic life and decide what is best for him at the right time. If the child is not doing well, it is for them to realize this and take a drastic action to get the child to learn a suitable vocation. If he is doing well and they are confident they have the financial resources to support the child up to the stage of higher education then so be it. It is however, wiser to let the child to learn both, as there are lots of youths out there who have the education but have not been without jobs for many years. The fact is that parents often drag their feet leaving the child to grow beyond the critical age. From that point, miracles alone are needed to reverse the unsafe direction the child’s life faces.

How to Get Your HVAC Certification and HVAC Licensing

An HVAC technician can enjoy a variety of benefits including job stability and a hands-on career field. As you complete your HVAC training, make sure to get the right certification and licensing to start you out on a good path to success.

Just follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Complete an HVAC training program.
  2. Take your HVAC certification or licensing or exams.
  3. Apply for an HVAC apprenticeship.
  4. Apply for entry level HVAC technician jobs.

1. Complete an HVAC training program.

Enroll in an HVAC training program at a local HVAC training school. You can usually complete these programs in less than 2 years. Some colleges may even award you with an associate degree in the process.

2. Take your HVAC certification or licensing exams.

Licensing in Colorado

Some states will require heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers to be licensed, others will not. Colorado happens to be one of the states that allow licensing for HVAC technicians to be handled at the county level. Each county may or may not require licensing through their respective building departments. However, it is a good idea to look into it if it’s available, for the purpose of doing work that requires permits.

For details on how to get your Heating Mechanic IV license in El Paso County, for example, visit the Contractor Licensing & Registration page at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department (Pikes Peak RBD) website.

HVAC Certification

If you choose to work in refrigeration you will need to be certified in EPA 608, as required by federal law. For this you must pass a written exam specific to the types of equipment and refrigerants you will be handling. Most quality HVAC training programs include federal EPA 608 training and certification preparation.

Being certified in the HVAC field can allow for higher paying jobs. In the HVAC Excellence program there are several certification exams to choose from for students just starting out. Professional level certifications are also available and require employment verifications and core testing to advance your career. Check them out!

15 Employment Ready HVAC Certifications

  1. Electrical – Suggested prerequisite for all other certifications in the HVAC Excellence program
  2. Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  3. Air Conditioning
  4. Basic Refrigeration and Charging Procedures
  5. Electric Heat
  6. Gas Heat Certification
  7. Oil Heat
  8. Residential and Light Commercial Hydronic Heat
  9. Heat Pump
  10. Carbon Monoxide
  11. System Diagnostics and Troubleshooting Procedures
  12. Fuel Oil Combustion
  13. Natural Gas Combustion Analysis
  14. Carbon Monoxide and Combustion Analysis
  15. Light Commercial Refrigeration

Take advantage of what’s out there, like specialized HVAC training schools, hands-on training, and a multitude of certifications. Now that you know what you have to do and where to get it done, you can be on your way to a new career as an HVAC Technician.

3. Apply for an HVAC apprenticeship.

After completing your HVAC training, you may choose an apprenticeship as your next step. Simply apply to or enroll in an apprenticeship program with an experienced HVAC organization in your area. Learn everything they have to offer and put it to practice. Your apprenticeship may last anywhere from 6 to 36 months.

4. Apply for entry level HVAC Technician jobs.

You can also enter the HVAC field directly after completing a training program and receiving your degree and/or certifications. Many HVAC contractors and employers often hire entry level HVAC technicians to “train in” to their organizations.

Many HVAC programs offer career placement assistance for graduates. Contact your local HVAC training school today and you can be on your way to a rewarding career in HVAC with a good transcript and a healthy resume.


  • Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, Contractors Licensing and Registration,
  • HVAC Excellence, Technician Certification,
  • United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition,

Tips On How To Start A Cooking Class From Scratch

Have you ever noticed that if we are just a little interested in cooking we are generally more interested in learning to cook something NEW rather than recipes we may already know? So recently, when I went looking for a cooking class, I started looking for an exotic option.

What I noticed with the class I booked was that my teacher looked exotic which gave me an immediate impression, and confidence, that I was going to learn some authentic exotic recipes.

Tip #1: If you are thinking of starting a cooking class either come from somewhere else or at least look like you do! This makes you appear genuine.

After talking with my teacher, I learned that in her case she had given up a very enjoyable and successful personal career to have children and then wanted to get back into life so decided to start a cooking class.

So having an exotic edge will put you ahead of the competition in a world where first impressions still count. Plus, having known the good life in a previous career will certainly give you something to aim for.

Tip #2: Have something to aim for – e.g. the good life!

Early into the class my exotic cooking teacher advised us eager students that she held no formal cooking training and “couldn’t even make a cup of tea when she came to Australia 20 years earlier.”

Wow – that’s impressive! So no formal institutional training of today’s Commercial Chefs but rather the organic, natural upbringing that involved exotic foods, tastes, flavours, sounds and smells in her childhood home in Southern India. We learned our recipes that day through her journey into the discovery of her love of spices, herbs and methods of her own mother’s kitchen.

Tip#3: You don’t need to know about “cooking” – you just need to love cooking.

Sound like you so far?

The class I took was special because of its location. The setting was tranquil and amongst the trees so we were able to immediately relax and enjoy the surroundings. Best of all, there were herb, spice and vegetable gardens that we first toured and harvested from. The quality you absolutely must possess or acquire before you can start a successful cooking school is a really fabulous venue. Not just any venue. It must represent a venue that is like no other. Of course it must be clean and suited to the purpose but it must also contain something special which makes it special to the customers. In this class, the ability to harvest from the gardens made it stand out. This added another dimension to the class and made it different to other classes.

Tip#4: Location. Location. Location. It needs to be unique and set you apart from others.

I’ll start a cooking class. It’ll be easy.

The Process of Medical Coding Certification

One does not need to have medical coding certification to work as a medical coder. Unlike other healthcare professions, which require intensive training and several years’ worth of book knowledge and practical experience, the tasks relegated to medical coders are relatively more mechanical and therefore easier to learn whether or not one has had any kind of medical training before.

Medical classification is the process of transforming descriptions of medical diagnoses and procedures taken from a variety of sources within the medical record into universal medical code numbers. These diagnosis codes are used to track different diseases and are a valuable source of information that may influence such sectors as government health agencies, private health insurance companies and worker’s compensation carriers.

Having medical coding certification gives the individual a competitive edge. Just having it listed down on one’s resume provides proof that the person has studied well and is qualified to work in her chosen career. Certified coders are more likely to be immediately hired and given higher compensation. They are also more likely to be recognized for higher positions after just a short term of experience within the healthcare institution.

To become a certified medical coder, one will have to pass a special certification exam. Depending on the program they have enrolled themselves in, individuals who are just starting to learn about medical classification can take the exam once they have passed their medical coding course. What awaits after is a flexible, stable and financially rewarding career in the flourishing healthcare industry.