HVAC technician training generally takes between six months and two years, depending on if your program is for a certificate, a diploma, or an associate’s degree. More and more employers are looking to hire HVAC technicians who have gone through training programs, as opposed to training them on the job. So this time in school is time well spent.
Types of HVAC Programs & Their Length
There are a few different types of HVAC training programs including trade school programs, college programs and apprenticeship programs.
Trade School HVAC Program Length
Trade school programs are normally six months to one year of training, and you’ll earn either a certificate or a diploma. Certification training programs may take as little as 6 months, and diploma programs are usually closer to one year long. The benefit of a certificate or diploma program is that you get out of school and start working relatively quickly.
College HVAC Program Length
Some colleges have programs such as Associate of Science in HVAC Technology, and those programs take two years to complete (full time, days). The benefit of getting your associate degree is that you can transfer the credits to a four-year college and go deeper into HVAC, maybe even becoming an engineer.
Apprenticeship Program Length
These are also an option and can last between three to five years.
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Requirements For HVAC School
To become an HVAC technician, you first must have a high school diploma or GED. You’ll need to be able to read and do math at a high school level. HVAC technicians carry heavy machinery and may need to access tight situations, so there can be physical requirements as well.
Tips: If you’re in high school, you may want to enroll in a vocational program and get a head start with your education. Focus your studies on math and physics. And, any experience you have with plumbing, electronics, and electrical will help you a lot.
In order to work as an HVAC tech and handle refrigeration chemicals, the EPA will require you to be certified. Read this Guide to EPA certification.