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FAQs for HTI’s Hood Cleaning School:

FAQ for Hood Cleaning SchoolsFAQ for Hood Cleaning Schools

1. Who Requires Hood Cleaning Certification?

2. How Long Does it Take to Get a Hood Cleaning Certification?
3. Why should I attend a hood cleaning school?
4. What makes HTI’s Hood Cleaning School a Better Choice?
5. How do I choose a Hood Cleaning School?
6. What will I learn from Hood Cleaning School?
7. How much should I budget to start my hood cleaning business?
8. How much should I budget for hood cleaning certification?
9. Are yearly payments required to HTI to maintain certification?
10. Does HTI own a successful hood cleaning business?
11. Can HTI aid in SEO and google placement?
12. What do I get to take home from HIT’s Hood Cleaning School?
13. Will HTI’s Hood Cleaning School be there for me if I have questions in the future?
14. Will HIT’s hood Cleaning School give me references from other students?
15. How large are HTI’s Hood Cleaning School’s classes?
16. Will I be able to start cleaning hoods immediately after I leave the class?
17. Can I Bring My Business Partner to the Class?
18. Is the Hood Cleaning Business Profitable?
19. Am I Suited for the Hood Cleaning Business? 


   1. Who Requires Hood Cleaning Certification?

Per NFPA-96 you are required to have a hood cleaning certification to clean hoods.

Section 8-3.1 Hoods, grease removal devices, ducts and other appurtenance shall be cleaned to bare metal at frequent intervals prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge. After the exhaust system is cleaned to bare metal, it shall not be coated with powder or other substance. The entire exhaust system shall be inspected by a properly trained, qualified and certified company or person (s) acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction in accordance with Table 8-3.1.

The Authority Having Jurisdiction is who NFPA-96 claims to enforce that certification, but doesn’t describe who the Authority Having Jurisdiction is which is confusing to most looking to start a hood cleaning business. It is assumed by most that this is the fire marshal in your area, assuming that your area has adopted NFPA-96 as the standard for hood cleaning as this is not a federal law, however this is the most widely accepted standard for hood cleaning. It is best to contact your local fire marshal to determine which standard they enforce.

At HTI you are going to learn to clean hoods in accordance with NFPA-96 if you want to bring your local standard with you to class we can go over it with you and see if there are any differences and figure them out together. You are going to learn the technical names for the parts of the kitchen exhaust system, what code violations are, and how to protect yourself from a non code-compliant system. However, you will also learn much more than that and that’s what set’s us apart from other hood cleaning schools! Click here to read more about what our course includes that is different from most or click here to request pricing, speak to a representative, and get your other questions answered!

  2. How Long Does it Take to Get a Hood Cleaning Certification?

At HTI our classes are anywhere from 3-4 days depending on which package you choose. We keep them short because our class sizes are small so that we can answer all your questions, give you hands-on experience, and get personal with your training.

  3. Why should I attend a hood cleaning school?

You really should attend a hood cleaning school before you go into that business. In our opinion it is just as important as insurance. Hood cleaning certification is required by NFPA 96, but at Hood-Tech Institute, we believe your training should be more than just about how to clean a kitchen grease exhaust systems properly.

Hood-Tech Institute is offering training in a low cost business opportunity...training in the entire business of commercial kitchen hood cleaning. Other hood cleaning schools are selling equipment packages or complete franchise packages. We have developed a hood cleaning school with you in mind. It is NOT a franchise. It is a complete low cost business training school.

* No large franchise fees...in fact...NO franchise fees.
* We don’t sell you equipment...we tell you where to buy it and get the best deals.
* We don’t sell you supplies or tools...we tell you where to buy them and get the best deals.

See More Details Here.

  4. What makes HTI’s hood cleaning school a better choice?

HTI’s Hood Cleaning School teaches you is how to run a hood cleaning business. Sure, you will learn how to clean a commercial kitchen grease exhaust system...and not on a dummy hood we set up in the back of our building. At night you will go out with one of Hood-Pro, Inc.’s hood cleaning crews and learn by doing. During the day (after some sleep) you will attend our hood cleaning school in a small comfortable classroom atmosphere and we will show and teach you all that we have learned about running a successful hood cleaning business since 1997. A business that we have discovered is very recession resistant.

  5. How do I choose a Hood Cleaning School?

1. While shopping around and comparing prices ask if you can speak to the instructor to see what value you will be receiving for your money. Ask the same questions across the board and go with your intuition - who can you trust?
2. See if there are different packages available that are tailored to your needs.
3. Find out about the class size - will your questions be answered will you get hands-on training?
4. Does the school follow up and provide support if you need it?
5. Do they offer support after the class is over?
6. Are they successful in the hood cleaning business or do they just train?
7. Does the school offer a data base that will aid in keeping customer info, track invoicing, track marketing success, track scheduling, and improve efficiency by tracking customers by location?
8. Can the school assist you in SEO marketing and Google listings?

  6. What Will I Learn From Hood Cleaning School?


At HTI’s Hood Cleaning School you can chose to learn how to clean hoods or how to clean hoods and how to run a successful hood     cleaning business! We have 2 packages to chose from! So if you are already running a successful business and feel like your business savvy is strong then the shorter class might be for you, however if you want to learn the ins and outs of the business from people who have run a successful hood cleaning business since 1997, the the second course if for you. in both classes you will be trained and certified to clean hoods in accordance with NFPA-96, learn the most efficient way to set up your equipment, clean hoods, and even schedule and bid! See more on our hood cleaning school or request information here.

  7. How much should I budget to start my hood cleaning business?


At HTI we believe that this business is so great because you can start it with a low budget or invest more initially if you have the means. Contrary to other hood Cleaning Schools we can show the low-budget ways to start out versus requiring an expensive equipment package purchase.

Beginning with the equipment investment there are several variations of how to set up your hood cleaning vehicle. You can drive an SUV or pickup truck with a small pressure washer and small tools in the back. This method is going to make it hard to work smart and efficiently and you will really need more space than that as you grow, but it isn’t a bad way to start out. A better idea is to pull a small enclosed trailer behind your SUV or truck. You will have easier accessibility to your equipment and can customize it better to “work smart”. Finally, you can drive a utility van with a large open back. In the back you can install a slide to roll the pressure washer out on and have all other small equipment and tools installed around the slide. If you are looking to invest in something for the long run, the enclosed cargo trailer is the best way to go, for a $1000-$1500 investment it will be all the space you will ever need allowing you to upgrade other equipment along the way as well as minimal maintenance (i.e. replacing the tires) is required on these.

Your second biggest investment will be your pressure washer. This expense will be yours alone to decide on. You can start out with a $300-$500 pressure washer, however, keep in mind this is not a long term solution as it will not have the longevity to sustain your business growth, but will work fine for you in the beginning. You will using this pressure washer almost every day for multiple hours, if you start out cheap you will have to replace it sooner than later. It is recommended that you spend at least $1000-$1500 on your first pressure washer, this will pay for itself quickly and last you a lot longer. If you have extra money to invest and want to get the job done in the most professional way spending $3000-$4000 on a pressure washer is a good goal to reach or start out with.
Aside from these major equipment expenses you will need small tools like ladders, hoses and nozzles as well as rags, clips, and trashcans. If you already have some of these then you are doing good on keeping the cost low. If not, you can spend anywhere from $400-$1000 in these small tools.

Lastly, you will need your supplies. This will consist of plastic sheeting, chemical, and gloves. You can purchase these on an as needed basis to keep costs low while you are starting and then begin to buy in bulk for the entire month or months. A weekly amount that can be expected for these supplies is around $150-$250 depending on the volume of work.


  8. How Much Should I Budget For Hood Cleaning Certification?

HTI’s Hood Cleaning School Pricing can be obtained from our contact us page. Our pricing is fair but we want you to know what you are paying for first! HTI’s Hood Cleaning Certification includes training in accordance with NFPA-96 as well as our experience from running a hood cleaning business since 1997 and running it successfully. You will take home your own training manual and licensed copy of NFPA-96, but you will also leave with the knowledge of what mistakes not to make and how to protect yourself and your business from virtually everything that can happen from safety risks to knowing what a good customer is. To budget for your hood cleaning certification you will want to know if the instructors can provide you with that kind of experience, if they require you to purchase an expensive equipment package, if they can offer you support after you leave the class, if they can give you the tools (such as the best database program to use for managing your business or SEO and Google Placement support), and finally you will need to consider your travel costs. At HTI we will send you a welcome package that details the closest and most affordable lodging accommodations to stay at while you are here training. We also put together a custom schedule to make your trip here as efficient as possible meaning your classroom training and on-the-job training will be coordinated so you can do them both in the same day(s) and also have time to sleep!

  9. Are yearly payments required to HTI to maintain certification?

No.

  10. Does HTI  own a successful hood cleaning business?


Yes - See our sister company Hood-Pro, Inc. for more information - we have operated a successful hood cleaning business since 1997 - now we want to share our experiences (even the bad ones) with you!

  11. Can HTI aid in SEO and Google placement?

Absolutely! Click here for more information.

  12. What do I get to take home from HTI’s Hood Cleaning School?

Tangibly speaking you will take home a training manual, a licensed copy of NFPA-96, checklists for cleaning procedures, vendor lists for the most economical and quality supplies available, a disk full of business tools that will aid in administration, and much more!

You will also take home shared experiences from a successful hood cleaning business since 1997 including, ways to protect your business, how to handle difficult customers, and what not to do!

  13. Will HTI’s Hood Cleaning School be there for me if I have questions in the future?

Absolutely! Our students call in from time to time with questions on how to bid certain systems, what terms to put in their contract, or just how to keep track of scheduling on intervals! We can provides leads if we have them and help you get your business going!

  14. Will HTI’s hood Cleaning School give me references from other students?

Of course! Our students love to share their experiences! Contact Us for their information!

  15. How large are HTI’s Hood Cleaning School’s classes?

We keep our classes small - we only have 8 seats in our classroom for a reason! When we went to become certified hood cleaners in 1997 the class size was huge, only a few questions could be answered, and hands-on training didn’t exist. That is why they want, and get to clean a hood themselves! We have multiple on-the-job crews so if class sizes are more than 2 people we will split the on-the-job training up among them so you get individual attention there as well!

  16. Will I be able to start cleaning hoods immediately after I leave the class?

Yes! That is another reason why we love this business! If you are driven you can acquire customers fast, begin cleaning hoods fast, and make money fast!

  17. Can I Bring My Business Partner to the Class?


Absolutely! This can be learned by one person and then shared to others or if you want to bring your business partner we charge a small fee for the extra person. Contact Us for more information.


  18. Is the Hood Cleaning Business Profitable?

The facilities that require hood cleanings are almost endless and the business repeats itself...so the answer is YES! As you accumulate customers your business will grow exponentially! See our spreadsheet on what you can expect to earn.

  19. Am I Suited for the Hood Cleaning Business?

Find out if you are suited for the hood cleaning business physically speaking and if it suits your personality and business style by clicking here.


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