Are you serious about launching a new HVAC career or
increasing your skills in your current HVAC career? In either case you will need to obtain
additional training. You should obtain
these new skills in the shortest time possible and at the lowest cost.
Entry Level Training
If you are just getting started, congratulations on your
decision. The amount of knowledge you
must gain to function as a tech and to draw top wages can be a little scary,
but the effort is worth it. As the
saying goes, the way to eat an elephant is by eating one bite at a time. Break your training into small bites and eat
as much as you can every day.
Here are some bites:
- Decide if you will attend a trade school, community
college or on the job training to learn the HVACR basics?
- Do you have the finances to attend school full
time or will you need to work?
- If you plan to attend school, what is available
in your area, what are the hours available and how much does it cost?
- Will you attend classes for 2 weeks or 2 years?
- What are the best schools? You should find out which schools your
potential employers consider the best.
Call the service manager at some of the companies in the area you want to eventually work for and ask them what the best schools are. Start a list of potential employers and the
names of hiring managers for future reference.
- A few states have apprentice programs. Check the state by state listings on this
website. You won’t need a contractor’s
license unless you plan to start your own business.
- You may want to investigate becoming an
apprentice and joining the local union.
Check with the Plumbers and Pipefitters local in your area. The unions have a four year training program.
- If you don’t plan to attend school, you will
need to get a job with a company willing to train you. You will also need to study on your own if
you want to quickly advance from a low paying job to one with good wages. If you are a good self study, this is a
reasonable option. If you don’t have the
willpower to study on your own, find a way to go to school.
- Start reading the posts on this site starting
with lesson 1.
- Download a copy of our EPA Certification
Federal Law requires that you obtain EPA Certification to work on air conditioners.
Good luck and get started today. Employers need more good HVACR tradesmen.