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If you have been thinking about becoming an HVAC technician then you may have started researching the various paths you can take to get there. One popular route for people who are eager to receive their HVAC training and enter the field quickly is HVAC trade school. Keep reading to learn more about how an HVAC certification course from an accredited trade school can get you started in the HVAC field in under a year.   


About HVAC Trade Schools

Trade schools are known for taking a no-nonsense approach to educating their students. Rather than demanding that students take a series of general education courses, trade schools only require students to take courses that are directly related to their field of study. Because students enrolled at HVAC trade schools only need to take classes that will help them succeed in the HVAC field once they graduate, many HVAC certification courses can be completed in under a year. Compare that with the two years it takes to get an HVAC degree from a community college!


HVAC Classes

Examples of the kinds of things that may be taught in the HVAC classes at trade schools include:

  • Mechanical principles
  • Applied electricity for HVAC
  • Gas fired heating systems & boiler operation
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Heat pump systems
  • Commercial refrigeration & ice machines
  • Troubleshooting, start-up, and installation


As you can see, there are no “fluff” courses (after all, what good is a Victorian Literature class going to do someone who is hoping to become an HVAC technician? None!). Instead, each course teaches something that will actually be applied in the field on a daily basis by a certified HVAC technician.


Hands-On HVAC Training

There are additional benefits to HVAC trade school certification courses on top of to the fact that they can be completed in a short amount of time. One of those additional benefits is that they provide hands-on training in addition to the theoretical training that is taught in the classroom. HVAC training isn’t something that can be effectively taught just out of a book. In order to actually grasp many of the concepts, students must actually learn by doing. Can you imagine trying to learn how to ride a bike just by reading a book? It doesn’t work! When you’re learning to ride a bike you need to just get out there and try it yourself. You need to feel what it’s like to be balanced (and to be unbalanced). You need to test the brakes to figure out how much pressure to apply to stop slowly or quickly. The same applies logic applies for HVAC training. That’s why HVAC certification courses at trade schools combine theoretical knowledge taught in the classroom with hands-on training taught in a real world environment.


Is HVAC Trade School Right For You?

Now that you know a bit more about HVAC certification courses offered by trade schools, it’s up to you to determine if that would be a good fit for you. Here are some recommended next steps:


  1. Go online and research HVAC training programs offered at trade schools in your area
  2. Make sure that the trade schools you are considering are accredited
  3. Enroll!
  4. Graduate!
  5. Start your career as an HVAC technician!