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There are Many Sources for HVAC Training

 

HVAC training can be found at many technical schools, at some community colleges, at four year colleges with certification and training adjuncts, and through online schools.  Some government sponsored job training programs offer HVAC training; in California one of the public utilities even has a training program.  The Air Conditioning Contractors of America has a website that lists training programs by state.

 

Apprenticeship programs frequently are run by joint committees representing local chapters of the Air-Conditioning Contractors of America, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association, and locals of the sheet metal workers’ International Association or the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada. Other apprenticeship programs are sponsored by local chapters of the Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Home Builders. Formal apprenticeship programs normally last 3 to 5 years and combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

 

Several organizations have begun to offer basic self-study, classroom, and Internet courses for individuals with limited experience. In addition to understanding how systems work, technicians also must learn about refrigerant products and the legislation and regulations that govern their use.

 

Online Methodology for HVAC Schools

 

A good online program will utilize every multimedia component available for distance learning, in order to make the teaching process as direct and as similar to the classroom experience as possible.  A well planned online training program will use web site tours, to access technical illustrations or explanations from manufacturer’s sites.  Using electronically delivered handouts the teacher will provide applied exercises and online quizzes. 

 

The study material will include repetitions of industry terminology definitions until they are part of your vocabulary.  Other educational tools you will encounter are video clips, animations and images developed for the course.   Good online colleges have faculty members that are experts in their fields, and schools with technical training programs are no exception.

 

HVAC Schools with Campus Programs

 

Many of the larger online colleges have large numbers of campuses as well.   The University of Phoenix has one hundred seventy campus sites in thirteen states.  Kaplan University has seventy campuses.  Many of them have certification programs for technical studies that do not require a degree.

 

Some community colleges offer an associate’s degree of applied science in HVAC.  These two year courses of study also provide some of the traditional liberal arts core courses that are traditionally required for a college degree.  A degree in HVAC may seem like overkill, but it may be appealing to a small contractor who needs a technician that is not only skilled in installing and repairing HVAC systems, but in dealing with customers and manufacturer’s reps as well. 

 

This educational approach to the trade will also provide you with some of the skills for opening your own business, should that become an appealing option at some point in your career.  Terra Community College in Fremont Ohio has an associate’s degree program for HVAC. 
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