HVAC Training Overview

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 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.

HVAC Apprenticeships

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:

Apprenticeships, along with traditional HVAC training programs, prepare technicians to seek HVAC certification, and potentially earn a higher HVAC salary upon joining the workforce.

HVAC Training and Certification

Many HVAC training programs are geared toward helping students achieve HVAC certification. There are several organizations that administer certification, including:

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

Fortis Institute

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!

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Everest Institute

Everest Colleges, Institutes and Universities provides postsecondary education programs that prepare students for careers in some of America’s fastest growing industries, including health care, business and technology. Everest takes a very personal approach to career education, offering small classes, intimate work groups and support systems designed to help students succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Even after students graduate, Everest’s Career Services department is there to provide ongoing career coaching and help locating local employment opportunities. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Lincoln Tech

Since 1946, Lincoln Tech has been helping 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, Spa & Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Welding, HVAC and Electrical.

What sets Lincoln Tech apart from other schools? Quite a few things, actually; our training programs emphasize experiential, interactive learning activities – that means you’ll do the job before you take the job. Plus, our Certificate, diploma and associate degree programs are designed to accelerate your entry into the job market by offering a shorter length of training, so you may be earning valuable on-the-job experience before many of your peers do.

But our strengths go beyond that. Our Lincoln instructors possess a combination of seasoned teaching skills, subject matter expertise and real world experience. Plus, we’ve built working partnerships with important industry contacts in your area. So when you graduate, we’ll help you find a good position and start your career off right.

When it comes to choosing a post-secondary educational institution, keep this in mind: our dedication to your success sets us apart from the competition – and the specialized, career-focused training you’ll receive at Lincoln will set you apart from yours. Lincoln Tech offers flexible daytime and evening programs to accommodate your busy schedule.

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Pinnacle Career Institute

At Pinnacle Career Institute, we don’t just provide you with an education, we provide you with experience you can use in the real world. We strive to educate our students to become better – better professionals, better communicators and better employees.

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Porter and Chester Institute

Discover the Advantages of Porter and Chester

At Porter and Chester Institute, we’re serious about preparing you for career success. By completing one of our Automotive, Computer, Healthcare, or Trades programs, you’ll enjoy five advantages during your job search:

  1. You gain knowledge and skills employers want you to know.
  2. You learn from instructors who’ve worked in the field.
  3. You learn by doing through hands-on instruction.
  4. You develop personal skills and habits to become more employable.
  5. You enhance your job interview skills and résumé.

Learn more about the advantages you can enjoy at Porter and Chester by completing the form on this page.

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