How to Become an HVAC Technician: The Steps Explained

The HVAC industry is booming, and technician jobs are in high demand! California has the second most HVAC jobs in the whole country.

Do you want to learn how to become an HVAC technician? Now is a great time to enroll in a certification course. Read on to see how simple it can be to get certified! 

How to Become an HVAC Technician

Each state has different requirements for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) technicians, requirements can even vary from employer to employer. Some states require technicians to be licensed while others only require them to carry a certification.

Most technician training programs additionally require a high school diploma or GED. Though it is not common for training facilities to offer to help you get your high school diploma while taking their courses, Intercoast does have available programs that will assist you with that!

The first step towards your HVAC certification is to apply to an approved school for their next semester. Tuition prices may vary, and financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

HVAC Certification

The nine-month program (or approximately 720 hours) will cover subjects such as understand electricity, HVAC installation, HVAC repair, and more! The program is a blend of online classes and on-campus hands-on classes.

Many people that are enrolled are already working in the field, and are working hard towards obtaining their certification. At the end of the course, you will take your NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification exam.

HVAC License

It is possible that you may not get hired by certain HVAC companies unless you have your HVAC license. Acquiring your license also equates (most times) to make more money than if you were to only be certified, and with a license, you are qualified to start your own HVAC business.

For those that hold a license, it will need to be renewed every two years. The renewal fee in California is $450, with a late fee applied if not renewed by the deadline. In addition to the renewal fee, the licensee will need to obtain 14 hours of continued education before applying for their renewal.

OSHA Certification

In addition to your HVAC credentials, it is important to obtain your OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) card, as well. This certification looks good on a resume and is sometimes required by employers. 

An OSHA course educates you on workplace safety and knowing your rights as an employee. Or, if you own a company, it lets you know your obligations and rights as an employer.

HVAC Careers

Once all the necessary courses and certifications are gotten, what is the next step? To secure employment, of course! HVAC jobs are in high demand with the industry continuing to grow.

New construction continues to surge in California, giving HVAC installers steady employment. And, HVAC maintenance/repair will always be a job that is in demand.

Where do you see your HVAC career going? While running your own company may be the ultimate goal, there is a wide variety of employment opportunities. It is said that installation brings home more money than repairs.

Your HVAC Future

Learning how to become an HVAC technician takes virtually no time at all. And, once training is done, there are plenty of high paying jobs out there that you can get. There are more business-minded articles like this if you are interested in checking them out.