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.
HVAC Training Programs Enrolling Now
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology helps students achieve professional success through personalized career support and hands-on, job-specific education. our in-depth training programs are designed to meet the changing needs of today’s tough job market, and cover a variety of fields, including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology.
YTI Career Institute
Why YTI Career Institute? We offer fast and affordable hands-on training that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the fields of trades and technical, computer, medical, business, criminal justice or culinary arts.
At YTI Career Institute, getting the training you need to succeed doesn’t have to take four years of your life. With our accelerated programs, we make it possible for you to be career-ready in as few as 9 months*.
Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
*Program lengths vary.
San Joaquin Valley College
Better opportunities and increased financial stability could be just around the corner. Get the skills needed to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market with accelerated programs in medical, technical, and business fields. Founded in 1977, SJVC is an accredited private junior college with campuses located throughout California – including an Online division – offering a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training to meet your needs.
At Vatterott, our job is not over after students enroll in one of our programs… it is just beginning. Vatterott’s professional Career Services Team is designed to provide students with the necessary tools and resources needed to put their career skills to use. *Career Services provides job search guidance, resume review, mock interviewing, resume referral, career fair opportunities, and more.
At Fortis, our students get the skills and training needed for great careers in industries that are in demand. You are now closer to your dreams than ever before!
Fortis provides prominent education for anyone regardless of your previous educational background. Get the opportunity to receive all the personalized attention you deserve to achieve your career and educational goals!
At FORTIS, students are provided the skills and training needed to enter careers in industries that have employment opportunity over time. What industries you ask? FORTIS offers career education and training programs in the nursing, healthcare, medical, dental, business, information technology, skilled trades, massage and cosmetology career fields. That makes Fortis a post-secondary network of colleges and institutes with a wide variety of educational choices!
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute
South Texas Vo-Tech is a leader in the field of technical and vocational training. We are training the workforce in south Texas and throughout the United States. Over the past 40 years, STVT has proudly graduated over 18,000 students.
Southern Careers Institute
At SCI, you’ll have access to:
- Financial aid available for those who qualify
- Interactive, hands-on training for the real world
- Personalized attention from experienced instructors who know you by name and care about your success
- Externship and on-the-job training opportunities
- Career placement assistance
- Programs approved for VA funding
Pittsburgh Technical Institute
Thanks for your interest in Pittsburgh Technical Institute. As the marketplace continues to become more competitive, rewarding those with the right training for the job, Pittsburgh Technical Institute is ideally positioned to give you the skills you need to compete. In fact, you can receive a certificate in as little as 9 months, or an associate degree in as little as 21 months!
American School of Technology
The American School of Technology has a mission of total dedication to training students for health and technical careers to prepare them for entry level positions. At the American School of Technology, our goal is to help adults realize their potential. Students want to learn skills that apply directly to their desired careers, so our technical training focuses on the skills required to be successful in your field. AST allows graduates to refresh their skills in one course from their original program of study at no charge. We offer clinical and hands-on skill training and our programs can be completed in less than one year. AST has developed a schedule that fits the needs of most people. Students can choose between morning or evening classes, allowing time for work, family and other responsibilities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Top 5 Reasons to Choose AST:
- Hands-on Training: There’s no better way to be prepared than to train on the tools of the trade.
- Personal Attention: Small class sizes and dedicated instructors provide the best learning experience.
- Graduate in Under a Year: Why waste time! Get the skills you need and start a career today!
- Industry-Focused: Specialized areas of study based on industry competencies prepare you for job success.
- Career Assistance: Get assistance in job placement before and after you graduate. We want to help you succeed!
AST is accredited by the following organizations:
- Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
- U.S. Department of Education
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) * Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)*