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Why Do I Need an EPA Certification?

by on July 18th, 2019 in Articles Heating & Cooling Training News

More businesses are requiring potential candidates to have their EPA Certification to qualify for their positions. Having this certification is also a federal requirement for working with certain appliances. Those who go through the EPA certification process gain a better awareness of the laws and procedures that cover the handling of HVAC systems and chemicals.

There are several different categories of certification – EPA Section 608 Technician Certification, EPA Section 609 Technician Certification, R-410A Technician Certification, Indoor Air Quality Certification, PM Technician Certification, and Green HVAC/R Certification.

The type of certification you have will determine which kinds of appliances you are qualified to work on. Each certification is given by passing the EPA exam which is administered by an EPA-approved testing organization. You can choose to take one test for a specific certification or pass all three be certified to work on every type of appliance.

What Does Each Certification Mean?

The EPA Section 608 Technician Certification is the only section that has different types to choose from. You will need this certification to be able to work on building air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  This section offers 4 certifications types:

  • Type I Certification – Persons who maintain, service, or repair small appliances must be certified as Type I technicians.
  • Type II Certification – Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of high or very high-pressure appliances, except small appliances and Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning (MVAC) systems, must be certified as Type II technicians.
  • Type III Certification – Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of low-pressure appliances must be certified as Type III technicians.
  • Universal Certification – Persons who maintain, service, or repair both low and high-pressure equipment, as well as small appliances, must be certified as Universal technicians. (Type I, Type II, and Type III Certifications)

The EPA Section 609 Technician Certification is necessary to work on Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners and allows refrigerant purchases.

The R-410A Technician Certification is available for those who are already EPA Section 608 Certified. Technicians should already know the basics of air conditioning-refrigeration system installation before taking this training.

The Indoor Air Quality Certification gives technicians the ability to service, clean, and inspect the HVAC’s system.

The PM Technician Certification is only available to EPA Section 608 certified technicians. It contains all areas of acid and moisture detection, water removal, coil maintenance, and more.

The Green HVAC/R Certification is not an EPA required certification but is becoming more of a desire for many technicians because of the increasing demand for environmentally smart HVAC technology. This certification teaches how energy conservation can be used in the heating and cooling industry.

Contact Ayers Career College to learn more about EPA Certifications.

Say What?! When Medical Jargon is Appropriate to Use

by on May 14th, 2019 in Articles News

Medical terminology can be difficult for the average person to take in and understand. When trouble strikes, patients anxiously await information from medical staff. They rely on easily digestable information in order to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

As a medical professional, you need to be sure that you are using the appropriate terminologies at the correct times – and with the right people. The Medical Assistant program at Ayers Career College will help you to identify when medical jargon is appropriate to use.


A recent study published in the British Dental Journal stated that more than 30% of English speaking patients were unable to define simple medical terms such as “lesion” and “benign.” The inability to define these common medical terms shows that even when medical professionals think they are careful, they are likely causing more harm than they know.

A a matter of fact, 30% of English speaking survey participants thought that a biopsy was a confirmation of cancer. Here is an exaggerated example of how medical jargon can confuse patients and loved ones in an emergency room:

Medical Jargon: Abduction was done. Perfed appy evident, secondary hemiparesis noted. Complaints of chest pain, PQRST stat.

Patient’s Perception: Abduction!? AHH! I’ve been kidnapped by high-tech aliens!

Plain English: The patient needed to have a limb moved away from the midsection of their body.  They have a burst appendix that’s infected, partial paralysis is present. An evaluation of the chest pain will be done immediately.


Yes, patients should have a basic understanding of medical jargon. But you should be prepared to break things down for patients when describing conditions or procedures.

Medical Professionals: Need to be taught to speak to patients. Sometimes you may feel like you need to talk to patients like they are children, but you must remember that a person’s health and how they regard it can be a triggering subject. Do your best to be compassionate and ask them if they have questions while you are explaining.

Patients: Should have a general understanding of medical terms. Patients should prepare for their medical visits and ask questions, always.


Being a medical professional can be an esteemed and rewarding career. The Medical Assistant program at Ayers Career College will prepare you to talk to both patients and doctors throughout your career. We’ll prepare you for the exam room and the waiting room – and we’ll help you reach your career goals faster! Ready to get started? Call today for more information! 1-800-317-0131

This article was originally written and published in 2017 and was updated in 2019. 

Skilled Trade Jobs are in High Demand

by on April 16th, 2019 in Articles News

2 Solid Reasons to Choose Ayers Career College for your Training

1. Get In And Out Of School Quickly

At Ayers Career College you can get into a program and out into the workforce in less than a year. Education is critical to being able to make a good living for yourself and your family, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to go to university and graduate programs just to survive. Get the payoff of a good education for a fraction of the cost (in both money and time). Ayers Career College is a great option for anyone who wants to start making good money as soon as possible.

2. Get Prepared For Work That is in High Demand

Each of the career training programs offered at Ayers Career College prepares students for jobs in high-demand fields. These trades have long provided a stable income for Americans, and that is not going to change any time soon. Getting professional training and a diploma from Ayers Career College will set you apart from the competition! And, with our career counseling, you are sure to land a job that you love and will pay you well.

In 2013, a Forbes* writer reported that many of the skilled trade jobs were filled by candidates aged 45 – 54 year olds. What does this mean for you today as you consider enrolling at Ayers Career College?

– High Demand: Over the next few years as those candidates get older, the demand for skilled workers is scheduled to greatly increase. More (younger) skilled workers will be needed to replace those that are retiring and leaving the industry.

– Professional Training: Having a diploma will certify that you have solid training in these fields. This will place you in a prime position to take advantage of the high demand for work in your desired career field.

Our Programs

At Ayers, we offer a variety of career training in the high-demand medical field and trades industry. Our current course line up includes:

Electronics Technician: This program combines classroom instruction with on-campus lab work and hands-on learning exercises.

HVAC-R Technician: In this program, students work with heating, A/C, and refrigeration equipment to help develop newly learned skills that will be used in the field.

Medical Assistant: This program includes hands-on training with learning exercises set up with practical, real-life scenarios, plus the opportunity to work in an externship to help develop newly learned skills, and expand potential career options.

Pharmacy Technician: In this program, students will participate in learning exercises such as mock clinics set up with practical, real-life scenarios to help develop newly learned skills.

Ayers Career College will put you in a great position to get a good job in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost that a four year university would. Want to learn more? Call us today to begin your enrollment process! 1-800-317-0131

*Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2013/03/07/americas-skilled-trades-dilemma-shortages-loom-as-most-in-demand-group-of-workers-ages/#3e08f816397c


Benefits & Advantages of Career Training Programs

by on March 12th, 2019 in Articles News

You feel it’s time to invest in your career but you’re not sure how. Maybe you’ve thought about an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree program but don’t have the money or the time. Maybe you’ve heard about career training programs, but why choose one over traditional college? Let’s look at a few reasons.

Time to Completion

An associate degree takes two years to complete and a bachelor’s degree, four. Career training programs are much shorter. For example, Ayers Career College’s Pharmacy Technician program takes just thirty-six weeks, this includes both classroom instruction and hands-on training. So, there’s no fear of corner-cutting or being ill-equipped for the job after completion.

Lower Tuition and Tuition Assistance

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree takes a lot of your time and money. Reports on ballooning student debt are in the news a lot lately. A career training program has two advantages here. First, it costs much less money than a traditional degree. Secondly, you’ll still be eligible for various tuition assistance and financial aid tools to pay for it.

In-Demand Skills Training

Many career training programs are available. These include Medical Assistant, HVAC-R Tech, Electronic Tech and various certification prep courses including A+ and Network+. The skills provided by just one of these programs are many. For example, the Electronic Tech training program teaches skills in the installation and repair of fire and alarm systems, audio and video including home theater systems, cable tv, and internet services. This program, like many others, includes a wide range of topics in both classroom and hands-on training. It includes topics such as electronics theory, electric circuits, microprocessors, computer technology, service and installation, control systems and soldering.

Find Out More

It’s clear that there are many opportunities with the right training in high-demand fields. Are you ready to take the first step toward a career transition in a high-demand field?  Call today to start your path to a better career: 1-800-317-0131.

4 Careers You Can Pursue as an Electronics Technician

by on January 31st, 2019 in Articles News

Pursuing a career as an Electronics Technician offers you opportunities to work in a variety of jobs. If you enjoy tinkering with electronics and electrical systems, you will be a hot commodity in today’s technological workforce.

We already told you what a career is like as an Electronics Tech, but now we’re telling you about 4 career opportunities you can pursue with an electronics technician education!

1. Manufacturing Technician

Manufacturing technicians typically work with machines in a factory setting. Usual work includes machine set-up, monitoring machine output, and troubleshooting when an error has been identified in the production process. Machinery in this setting operates using electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer systems. If you are quick on your feet, and like problem-solving, this would be a great career path to take!

2. Broadcast Technician

Broadcast technicians work to ensure that radio or television broadcasts are clearly transmitted. You will work with electrical equipment to broadcast clear images and sounds. If you have strong manual dexterity and attentive hand-eye coordination, becoming a broadcast technician would be a great career opportunity.

3. Avionics Technician

Avionics technicians work with radar equipment, radio equipment, navigation systems, and missile control systems in aircraft or spacecraft.  You will provide ground support, conduct functional flight tests, and in some instances manually install electrical systems into aircraft. If you are proficient in your record-keeping and enjoy maintenance and repair work, this may be the career path for you.

4. Electromechanical Technician

Electromechanical technicians work with unmanned equipment, like submarines or aircraft. You will conduct functional tests, calibrate, and provide general maintenance.  If you are interested in robotics, this job may provide opportunities to assist engineers during the development process.

Put Your Skills to Work

Do any of these sound like career opportunities you’d like to pursue? Start your new career as an Electronics Technician today. Our instructors are ready to share their real-world experiences and guide you toward success! Fill out the form, or call us today to get started! 1-800-317-0131

Balancing Work, School, and Home Life this Holiday Season

by on December 4th, 2018 in Articles News

The holiday season alone is enough to stress anyone out. But trying to balance work and school responsibilities during this time can cause added stress that no one needs. Finding the right balance between work, school, and home life isn’t always easy, but can be done. But how do you do it? We’re sharing a few tips to help you prioritize your time, and keep yourself on track!

Stick to a (Modified) Schedule

Try and give yourself some relief by sticking to a short-term, modified schedule – and be flexible! If your work schedule changes for Black Friday sales and pre-Christmas shoppers, you’ll have to make some changes to your study schedule. Every minute counts, so plan ahead and pack your study guides and reading materials for your lunch break or the bus ride into work. Use that time to review your materials and put a study plan into play. Setting realistic study goals will help you stay motivated to make it part of your (new, temporary) daily routine.

Add Color To Your Planner

With work, school, and family activities going on, it’s easy to miss something. Use a calendar or planner to make sure you don’t miss important homework deadlines or family gatherings. Categorize events with different colors so you can see what your schedule looks like at a glance. Quickly seeing what days are full – or when you have time to fill – will allow you to prioritize your time and will keep you on track.

Ask For Help When You Need it

If you need some help, ask! At home, delegate responsibilities to others who can help with the chores. At school, ask your instructors what specific topics to focus on, or for study guides to make the most of your study time. Need help with time management, or interviewing skills? Your Career Services advisor can help you put a career plan into place so you have a roadmap to reaching your goals. Setting small goals won’t seem overwhelming, and can help you balance your professional life and school with your personal and family responsibilities.

Finding the right balance this time of year can be a challenge. But, with the right mindset – and a little planning – you can continue to work toward your career goals!

Start a new year working toward a new career! Call Ayers Career College today! 1-800-317-0131



5 Great Benefits of Being a Medical Assistant

by on October 12th, 2018 in Articles News

National Medical Assistant Recognition Week is coming up soon. That’s right! Being a certified medical assistant means you get a national week of recognition! That’s how important this incredibly rewarding career is.

But having a national week of recognition is not the only perk that comes with choosing a career in medical assisting. Here are just a few of the many other benefits:

Plenty of Job Opportunities with Competitive Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, medical assistant jobs are projected to grow “much faster” than average job growth: 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. And the average salary for these indispensable members of the healthcare industry? $32,480 (as of May 2017).

Countless Specialty Fields

From pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between, every specialty field in the healthcare industry needs professionally trained experts in healthcare assisting. Whether your goal is to surround yourself with the sweet sounds of cooing newborn babies or to hold the hand of those in need of extra attention in palliative care, you can choose whichever specialty suits your particular character.

Never-Ending New Experiences

Since no patient is the same, each new day brings new experiences and in the healthcare industry, you never know what the day will bring. It’s a far cry from the dreaded office job. Instead, you begin each day with a fresh start, welcoming the mysteries that lay ahead in the day.

Providing Essential, Life-Changing Services

Of course, there’s the undeniable joy and fulfillment that comes from providing care and concern to those who need it most. Being a medical assistant is just one way that our graduates contribute to a bigger picture by making the world a better place one patient at a time. Medical assistants leave lasting impressions on those they care for. What career is more rewarding than one that contributes such compassion?

Steps Towards Higher Learning

For those wishing to expand their careers in the medical field, becoming a medical assistant is the perfect first step towards a higher goal. Whether you want to become a Registered Nurse, LPN, or even a specialty doctor in another field, medical assistant training provides you with a great foundation to build on.

There are, of course, many more benefits to being a medical assistant – these are just a few. We want to take a moment to recognize our medical assistant graduates as well as encourage new students to pursue your dream of having one of the most rewarding careers there is.

Being your rewarding career in healthcare by enrolling in our next Medical Assistant class! Call us today to find out about our medical assistant certification program! 1-800-317-0131


Back to School for Grown-Ups: Career Training as an Adult

by on September 4th, 2018 in Articles Career Training News

It’s no secret that in this day and age higher education is important to increase your earnings. But what if you’ve been in the workforce for over a decade? Is it worth it to go back to school for a degree or specialized certification and how easy will it be to slide back into the student life?

The benefits of going back to school

The wage gap is growing and those that have degrees or certificates are doing much better than those without. It’s worth the time and money you put into getting certified in programs like HVAC repair, pharmacy technician, medical assistant, and electronic technicians because these jobs won’t be disappearing. In fact, as industries rely on more tech, fields like HVAC and electronics will always be looking for qualified people to fill the jobs. The medical field is one of the fastest growing fields and qualified medical assistants and pharmacy techs are always in demand. Going back to school will boost your ability to earn more and stay employed.

What about the costs?

There are costs to going back to school and getting a degree or a certified in a field. One way to help you afford your educational pursuits is to look into financial aid. Most colleges and trade schools offer some type of assistance to help you pay for tuition while you’re in school. Loan repayment is deferred until after you’ve gotten your degree or certificate so you’re not on the hook for payments until after you’ve finished your education.

Time management

Going back to school as an adult presents time challenges, as most people are already working and can’t just up and quit their jobs to seek more education. Many schools, like Ayers Career College, offer flexible schedules so you can learn while you earn. Career colleges also offer accelerated courses so you’re not spending years in college making it faster for you to get done and get out in the workforce working in the field you want.

Education is a lifelong pursuit, and you’re never too old to back and make yourself more marketable to employers who are looking for someone with your skill sets. You deserve to take the time and invest in yourself. Check out Ayers Career College to find flexible schedules, financial aid, and the teachers who are waiting to get you on your way to earning more money. Ready? Call us today! 1-800-317-0131

What Does it Take to Become an HVAC-R Technician?

by on August 14th, 2018 in Articles News

The demand for skilled HVAC Techs is growing, so this is the perfect time to start your new career! Even though it can be an exciting career path,  you have to understand what it all takes to become an HVAC Technician. Learning how to maintain complex heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems takes time and dedication. Your commitment to learning the ins and outs of this career will directly impact your success as an HVAC-R Technician.

HVAC-R Tech training

To be considered for any HVAC-R career, you will need to have completed a training program that concludes with a certificate or college degree. This will allow you to pursue a career in the multiple different work sectors offered by an HVAC-R job.  Ayers will provide you training in accordance with the national skill standards for all HVAC-R technicians and our Career Representatives be there for you every step of the way.

How long does it take to become an HVAC technician?

We know that not everyone is on the same schedule. Therefore, we have several different class schedule options that you could choose from. We offer both day and evening classes. Our day program takes only 36 weeks to complete, while our evening program can be completed in just 60 weeks.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth within the HVAC field is expected to be 15% for the 2016-2026 time period. This represents a much faster growth than can be seen in many other career fields. Additionally, the salary within the field is competitive, with the median salary for HVAC technicians at $47,080. Now,  job requirements for an HVAC technician will vary by position since HVAC systems are becoming increasingly more complex. However, many companies now require new hires to complete HVAC training from an accredited school.


Choosing Ayers as your starting point for your HVAC career could be your first step to a life long career. Our accredited program will make you among the most qualified candidates for HVAC jobs.  If you have questions or are ready to get started, call us today! 1-800-317-0131

Medical Assistant: A Great Career for Stay-at-Home Moms

by on July 30th, 2018 in News

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Working as a Medical Assistant is an excellent option for stay-at-home moms looking to jump back into the workforce. Not only does this profession highlight their already developed skills, including organizational tasks and caring for those who need help, it gives them the flexibility to do it on their own terms.

Here are 5 reasons why starting a career as a medical assistant is a great option for stay-at-home moms:

Training on your time

The 36-week program at Ayers Career College is a great option for students with families and other responsibilities. In fact, the schedule shouldn’t impact your children’s lives at all. Day classes meet from 8:30 am to 1:50 pm, giving you time to attend to your before- and after-school activities.

Career excitement

While being a stay-at-home mom is one of the most respected and rewarding careers out there, working as a Medical Assistant also has its benefits. Medical Assistants are essential in the healthcare community; assistants work with patients on a daily basis, ensuring their comfort and happiness while helping promote a healthier future.

Supplemental income

Because this job is in high demand, it has excellent stability and pay. The average salary for a Medical Assistant is $32,480, with plenty of room for growth through advanced degrees and certifications, which can give you and your family financial freedom and stability. The employment in this area is expected to grow by 29 percent—much faster than other occupations. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of this growing field.

Flexible work environment

Most Medical Assistants work in hospitals or care centers, which means there is a wide variety of shift types and schedules. Because your family should always come first, becoming a Medical Assistant is a great career for those who need flexibility in their hours. Though shifts can include swing shifts, weekends, and holidays, having the opportunity to earn overtime and make your own schedule outweighs the cons.

Perfect trait requirements

Best of all, stay-at-home moms already possess the skills necessary to be successful in this field, including being compassionate, organized, adaptable, a good listener, and being prepared for anything. Medical Assistants love helping others and want to be useful and impactful in their careers—just like loving mothers in their home lives. The technical skills will come through education, but programs cannot teach the personal traits Medical Assistants need to be successful, and as a stay-at-home mother, you’re already a step ahead.

To learn more about becoming a Medical Assistant, or to enroll in Ayers Career College’s nationally recognized and flexible program, call us today! Your new and exciting career is just 36-weeks away.

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