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Becoming a Certified Gas Technician: 6 Things to Know About the TSSA Exams

Feb 18, 2021 12:19:22 PM
 Photo: Gas technician students in class at Herzing College in Toronto (2019)

Updated June, 2021.

Want to become a certified gas technician? Your first step is to learn about the TSSA's gas tech certification requirements.

Any tradesperson who works with oil or gas must get licensed to legally operate in Ontario. Obviously this rule applies to gas technicians. But it also impacts trades like HVAC and appliance repair, which involve installing and servicing fuel-powered units.

So, who is the TSSA, and what steps must you go through to meet their certification requirements? What training should you get to prepare for your gas technician exam, and what is the test like?

Here's your quick guide to getting gas tech certified this year.

Should You Become an Electrician? Top Pros & Cons

May 1, 2020 9:50:03 AM

Updated June, 2021

Good electricians will always be in demand. Talented sparkies are respected for their intelligence, problem-solving abilities, and technical knowledge.

However, it takes several years of training and hard work to become an electrician. And life on-the-job isn't always easy.

Do you have what it takes? Is this the right trades career for you? 

In this post we put together the most common pros and cons of becoming an electrician.  Salaryworking conditionscertification requirementsjob safety, cost of training—we cover it all. 

Find out if electrician is a good fit for you, and what steps to take next. 

Top 10 Reasons to Become an Appliance Service Technician

Apr 15, 2020 12:23:41 PM

Appliance service technician is one of the most overlooked and underrated trades out there. It’s incredible how few people understand what this occupation is really all about—or the widespread demand for technicians in Canada. 

Gas Technician Training: Our Instructor Answers Your Questions

Feb 21, 2020 1:05:10 PM
Photo: Gas Technician instructor, Winston McKenzie-Plummer at Herzing College Toronto
 
Winston McKenzie-Plummer is a proven expert in the gas trade. He is a G1 holder, successful HVAC business owner, and respected instructor at Herzing College Toronto.

Thinking about becoming a gas technician? You've come to the right place. As both an instructor and employer, with over 20 years experience in the field, Winston knows exactly what you need to succeed.

We interviewed Winston this week to get an inside look at gas tech training. We talked about what to expect in class, the toughest parts of training, TSSA exams, and how to get hired.

He also explained gas technician job options, tips for impressing employers, and the biggest advantages to choosing this trade.

This is everything you need to know about starting a career in the gas trade, straight from an expert. Let's get started.

My Life at Work After the Appliance Service Technician Program

Dec 27, 2019 10:26:26 AM
 Samantha Barrette working on an appliance at Trans Global Service

Why Appliance Service Technician is Such a Smart Career Choice

Oct 30, 2019 3:36:59 PM

Photo: Students in the Appliance Service Technician program at Herzing College Toronto

Updated December, 2020

Thinking about a trades career, but haven't seriously considered appliance repair? You’re not alone. This field is often overlooked by people entering the trades.  

Plumbing, electrical, HVAC...they all get plenty of attention and interest. But somehow appliance repair flies under the radar. 

The fact is this industry is really growing fast in Canada. There is a serious shortage of appliance service technicians and strong demand for people with the latest technical skills. 

Meet Darren Fearnley: Your Expert Guide to HVAC Training

Oct 22, 2019 9:17:42 AM

Darren Fearnley is a 40-year veteran of the HVAC industry. He teaches the HVAC and Gas Technician program at Herzing College. 

Are you thinking of becoming an HVAC mechanic? No matter which part of the industry you’re aiming for, your path begins with a solid pre-apprenticeship program.  

Students with a good grounding in HVAC fundamentals have a much better chance of landing an apprenticeship—which you’ll need to get certified. 

Should You Become a Plumber or an Electrician? 7 Points to Consider

Oct 10, 2019 2:40:09 PM

Pre-apprenticeship students in class at Herzing College (2019)

Stable Demand for Network Cabling Specialists in Ontario: Should You Get Trained?

Sep 30, 2019 1:28:47 PM

A network cabling student at work in the classroom at Herzing College

Pre-apprenticeship Plumber Training: 8 Things to Know Before You Begin

Sep 20, 2019 2:52:43 PM

Pre-apprenticeship plumber students hard at work at Herzing College in Toronto 

Thinking about becoming a plumber, and looking into pre-apprenticeship programs? Like most skilled tradespeople right now, plumbers are in demand—so it’s a smart career choice. 

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