Have you decided that the HVAC industry is the right career path for you? Then you might be wondering what to do next. There’s so much information (and misinformation) out there that it can be challenging to pick a path. To become competitive as an HVAC tech you need to be trained and licensed, with some certifications. Click To Tweet
The Average HVAC Technician Timeline
Each method of becoming an HVAC technician is different, but if you enter a hands-on training program, most will take around 14 weeks. Following your training, you will need to become licensed in your state and acquire an EPA certification. If you decide to get state certified, you’ll need 2 years of experience, and will probably want to take a prep course to ensure that you pass the rigorous exam.
What You Need to Start
- High school diploma or GED
- Must be at least 18 for most programs
- The ability to speak, read and write in English
Pick The Right Program
A reputable HVAC training program should provide practical knowledge and experience through a combination of classroom learning and the use of modern equipment and tools used in today’s HVAC industry. Training should be conducted by seasoned HVAC technicians with insights into the industry. In addition to looking for hands-on training, you should look ahead to obtaining state certifications and other necessary credentials. When looking for an HVAC training class, remember that if something sounds like a gimmick, it probably is. Avoid programs that are entirely online or that claim to give you the expertise you need in a few short weeks.
The state of Texas now offers an exam to become a state certified HVAC technician. This will allow qualified technicians to sit for a class A or B contractors license after only 3 years instead of the current 4-year requirement. Becoming state-certified isn’t a substitute for training, just as training is not the same as being certified. The 2 complement each another, with one providing information and the other exhibiting expertise of that information.
A Great Career Path
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC industry is a great choice for those entering the workforce or looking for a career change. The average annual wage for HVAC mechanics and installers was $47,080 in May 2017. The lowest 10% earned less than $29,120, and the highest 10% earned more than $75,330. The more training, experience, and certifications you earn, the more you’ll make!
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