Do you want to be a HVAC technician and want to know the requirement? If YES, here is a detailed guide to getting HVAC certified online and how much it cost.
To become proficient in HVAC systems, you must have both theoretical and practical knowledge, as both classroom and laboratory lessons are essential for becoming an HVAC technician.
These lessons would include how to read blueprints to install, maintain, repair, and connect wirings on a HVAC system. You will also need to take a certification exam that will test your competencies and skills before you can be certified or licensed. HVAC technicians after receiving technical education are usually advised to seek certification and license in other to offer home repair services. This certification is to show your competence to clients/employers.
Although there is no federal law mandating having certification, it is only advisable because the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 2017) states that ‘some states and localities require HVAC technicians to be licensed’. Therefore those who do not go for certification are limited only to a few places to work. Having a certification broadens the scope of your potential.
Getting HVAC Certification and How Much It Cost
Getting a HVAC degree online is more cost effective because it provides flexibility for the student to work while studying. Some colleges like Ashworth college offers professional online certification training in heating and air conditioning which can be completed in six months depending on payment plan.
The cost ranges from $698 to $898. Penn Foster career school also has HVAC technician school which offers HVAC and registration career diploma online which takes five months and it costs $699 to $899 depending on payment plan choice.
A student can get certified in HVAC from the comfort of his home. Studying online helps accommodate your schedule as you have access to your instructors. The cost is much lower and you can earn while learning at your own pace.
Online classes are accredited by the accrediting commission of the distance education and training council (DETC). You are provided with reference manuals, tutorials, study guides and other learning aids to help you with a comprehensive lecture.
Types of HVAC Certification
- EPA- environmental protection agency the only certification by law
- NATE- North America Technician Excellence
- HVAC Excellence
- RSES: Refrigeration Service Engineers Society
HVAC Training Cost
- Training cost depends on the technical school or college.
- HVAC school/ trade school ranges between $1,200 and $15,000 for six to twelve months.
- Community college ranges from $4,868 to $8,614 for six months to two years.
- Apprenticeship $500 – $2,000 for three to five years.
HVAC Certification Cost
- EPA section 608 technician cost $24.95 to $120
- NATE cost $24.95
- RSES cost $25 to $30 for exam and $108 to $128 for membership.