Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training consists of classroom lectures and hands-on instruction designed to teach students how to maintain, repair and diagnose equipment related to HVAC technology. With technological advances rapidly changing the industry, formal HVAC training is becoming more in demand than in previous years.
There are several ways to receive HVAC training. The most common are:
- HVAC Degree Programs, usually associate’s degrees
- HVAC Certificate Programs, for professionals who already hold a degree
- HVAC Diploma Programs, for high school-educated professionals
HVAC training takes place at an accredited HVAC school, which may be a junior college, career school, or other institution. The length of an HVAC training program depends on the level of education sought, and can be as long as 2 years or as little as 6 months. In addition, apprenticeships and internships can add on to this time, but they often include paid on-the-job training opportunities.
HVAC Training Curriculum
The HVAC industry is growing quickly, and new types of HVAC employment are appearing as technology develops. This growth, as well as new industrial and environmental regulations, have expanded the type of HVAC systems technicians work on and the types of training they receive. The subjects covered during HVAC training have also evolved to prepare technicians for these different systems.
Some courses that may be included in HVAC training include:
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
- Boiler Operation and Safety
- HVAC Electronic Controls
- Air Distribution
- Water Treatment
- Applied Chemistry
- Temperature Theory and Control
- Mechanical Drawing
A combination of these classes and others will teach technicians how to install and maintain heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Some HVAC training programs also offer classes in specialized areas of the HVAC industry including solar panel installation and sheet metal work.
In addition to formal HVAC training, some students decide to enroll in an HVAC apprenticeship, which are on-the-job training programs that generally last anywhere from three to five years. They differ from traditional training programs in that they include both classroom instruction and paid job training.
Over the course of an apprenticeship, technicians learn the ins and outs of the HVAC industry. They start with basic installation and move on to more advanced systems and techniques. Most apprenticeships are run by organizations within the HVAC industry.
Some of these organizations include:
- Air Conditioning Contractors of America
- Mechanical Contractors Association of America
- Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
HVAC Training and Certification
Many HVAC training programs are geared toward helping students achieve HVAC certification. There are several organizations that administer certification, including:
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- HVAC Excellence
- National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
- The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society
Most HVAC training programs prepare technicians for certification from at least one of these agencies. Speaking to school reps about which certifications graduates are eligible for can help students decide which HVAC training program is best.
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Brightwood Career Institute
At Brightwood Career Institute, we offer accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience focused on helping you gain skills for your chosen career.
We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood Career Institute focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.
Within the classroom, it is our mission to not only provide vocational training, but to help you develop the professional skills, values, attitudes and strategies that will enhance your potential for success on campus, in your career and through life.
The success of our students is our greatest success. Because when our students succeed, we’ve completed the job we set out to do: empower the courageous, and enable real and relevant change.
For 70 years, Lincoln Tech has been a leading institution helping students obtain professional success with a personalized touch. Hands-on training and individual career support are the foundations of your trade education for industries built on technology that is constantly evolving.
In-depth Lincoln Tech courses are designed to grow with the changing expectations of today’s job market. Flexible daytime and evening programs are offered to accommodate your busy schedule. At Lincoln, you’ll find career training for a variety of fields, such as Auto and Diesel Technology, Welding, Manufacturing, HVAC, Electrical, Health Sciences, Business & Information, Culinary Arts, and Spa/Cosmetology.
Lincoln stands apart from other schools in a variety of ways. The training programs emphasize first-hand, interactive learning activities – you’ll learn by “doing the job before getting the job”. Lincoln’s certificate, diploma and associate degree programs have been designed to accelerate your education and entrance into the job market. Lincoln students earn valuable on-the-job experience before many of their peers outside the school.
Lincoln’s instructors are an invaluable asset to the students because they possess a combination of seasoned teaching skills, subject matter expertise, job site experience and passion for their field. In addition to providing excellent career-specific training, Lincoln also cultivates partnerships with important local industry contacts. When you prepare to graduate, Lincoln’s Career Services Specialists assist in finding your best opportunities.
Lincoln Tech’s dedication to your success sets our schools apart from the competition. Your Lincoln education will set you apart from others entering the field when you graduate!