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Back to (HVAC) School: How HVAC Technicians Are Trained

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Back to (HVAC) School: How HVAC Techs Are Trained 

To get started in HVAC, technicians learn the basics of the profession through an HVAC certification program at a community college or trade school. However, with HVAC technology changing all the time, professionals are required to fulfill continuing education credits, and they are always learning and developing new skills. HVAC education never stops!

Read on to learn how your HVAC technicians became qualified to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and install residential and commercial heating and cooling systems.

What Is HVAC Training and Who Can Apply? 

Most states require a high school diploma or GED to become a certified HVAC technician. HVAC trade schools teach the basics of HVAC physics as well as the installation, maintenance, and repair of indoor climate control systems. Most also include the fundamentals of refrigeration.

Students planning on a career in the field should consider taking high school courses with a focus on computer science, math, and shop classes. Some high schools or public school districts offer vocational training for a head start.

Most states require certification to work in HVAC and operating without a certificate in those states can be a criminal offense. Always seek a trusted certified professional for residential or commercial HVAC services.

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How Long Is HVAC Training? 

Most HVAC technician certification programs take up to a year to complete. Many last 9 months, though it’s important to note that training curricula vary by school and state. There’s a lot to learn, including the mechanics of dozens of different systems.

Courses cover:

  • HVAC diagnostics training
  • Equipment and tool training
  • Basics of mechanics and electronics

On-the-Job Training, Continuing Education, and Work Experience

After completing their certification course, many novice technicians pursue HVAC apprenticeships. What does an HVAC apprentice do? They combine additional coursework from their trade program with real-world training. Some apprenticeships are paid (salary, hourly wage, or stipend), giving new trade school graduates a way to continue their education while earning a living.

In addition to apprenticeships, there are additional certification opportunities designed to offer specialized skills. These open more possibilities when looking for long-term employment. Focusing on a specialty, or earning certification for specific systems, can increase a technician’s skill and salary.

Examples of specialized HVAC certificates:

  • Commercial furnaces
  • Residential boilers
  • Heat pump and geothermal systems
  • Metal fabrication


The Outlook for HVAC Career Opportunities

Demand for trained and certified HVAC technicians is expected to increase 15% through 2026. The median salary of technicians was $45,910 as of 2016. HVAC professionals play a key role in helping their communities by reducing energy waste. By installing tools like smart thermostats and heat pumps, HVAC companies are helping lower carbon emissions and saving customers money on their energy bills.

Always Trust Professionals for HVAC Repairs

Your local One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning technician has earned their certification with coursework, instruction, and real-world experience. When you need HVAC repair service or maintenance, always trust a professional HVAC technician to provide the services you need to keep your home safe and family comfortable. Call (800) 893-3523 or request an appointment today!

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