Accredited HVAC technician certification training programs are available at local trade schools and vocational technical colleges. HVAC general study programs and certification training for NATE and EPA testing.
“HVAC is considered to be one of the best-paid skilled labor careers. The median pay, or the collected average of all HVAC technicians, is $45,910. Entry level, or the lower 10 percent earned over $28K while the top 10 percent, the HVAC technician’s who have years of experience behind them, made an annual salary of $73K.”[ref]
Trade Schools with HVAC Training
Listed schools are accredited and offer financial aid assistance to those who qualify.
- Brightwood College
- Spartan College
- RSI Refrigeration School
- Virginia College
- Porter & Chester Institute
- Southern Technical
- Sullivan College of Technology
- Iowa Central Community College
- Midwest Technical Institute
- Pittsburgh Technical College
- UEI College
- Carrier College Northern Nevada
- Florida Career College
- Vista College
- Fortis Institute
- All State Career
- Institute of Technology
- South Texas Vocational Technical
- Wichita Technical Institute
- Westech College
- Southern Careers Institute
- Remington College
- Northeast Technical Inststute
- Lincoln Tech
- Intercoast College
- Ayers Career College
- Arizona Automotive Institute
The 7 basic steps to take if you want to become an HVAC technician.
- High school diploma or GED
- Pass basic math test
- Pass a drug screen
- Valid driver’s license
- Attend a trade school/apprenticeship
- Get your State license
- Get EPA certification
HVAC Trade School Cost: Minimum of 6 months – $1,200-$15,000, Licensing fee: $75-$300; Certification fee: $155-$205
EPA 608 Certification Info:
- Type 1 allows an HVAC tech to handle small appliances that contain less than 5 pounds of refrigerants (like a refrigerator).
- Type 2 allows the HVAC professional to deal with high pressure refrigerants.
- Type 3 allows the handling of low pressure refrigerants.
- Universal will include all three: Type 1, 2, and 3.
What HVAC Technicians Do
HVAC technicians provide service to residential and commercial buildings climate control systems: heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units. The HVAC technician may be needed to repair, replace, or install the components that supply the heating and cooling to buildings. The HVAC technician must be certified and follow government regulations pertaining to the heating and cooling industry.