How to Become An HVAC Technician
If you want to become an electrician, here are the steps to take:
- Earn your high school diploma or GED. A foundation of math, shop-classes and science is a great start to becoming a successful HVAC tech. Computer training and proficiently using power tools are not necessary, but will make training that much easier.
- Find a formal apprentice program or complete technical/trade training. On the job training is available to new HVAC technicians. This apprenticeship is a paid training program that usually lasts between 3-5 years – it is a great opportunity to learn in the field while earning money. Although apprentice programs are widely available there is a growing demand for techs that have a certificate from a technical or trade school. This training can be completed within a couple of months or continue for over a year. Having a certification is a great way to separate yourself from the pack and makes getting a job that much easier.
- Get licensed. Depending on the state that you are going to be performing HVAC work in, you may have to pass a state exam and get an HVAC license. All states are different, and some states do not require you to become licensed at all.
- Get your EPA certification. Depending on what kind of HVAC work you are planning on performing, if it involves refrigerant the EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) requires a certification. To gain this certification you must pass a written examination. To learn the specific qualifications, certifications and licensing needs necessary to become an HVAC technician within your region, please click the link below.
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