Selecting an HVAC school takes time and consideration. Investing in this type of practical education can pay dividends, but it does mean making an investment, which means that it is important for all students to choose a program that will work best for them and their professional goals. Before choosing a program, prospective students should do their research ahead of time and get a clear picture of how they will be able to advance from their program to an established HVAC career. An HVAC school can help with many career details, even offering information on job leads and opportunities or the training for special certifications that provide advancement in a field but not all programs offer the same services. This is why students will want to look at the whole picture when selecting an HVAC school and be sure they understand what they can expect from a specific program before they enroll.
In most cases, students will first want to know what HVAC schools exist in the state or city where they live, for maximum convenience. Next, they will want to determine the cost of the program and the type of training they will receive for their investment. Will it be a general HVAC program or will courses be specifically toward certain types of systems? Will graduates receive a certificate when complete or an associate of applied science degree? Further, HVAC students will want to make sure that the school they choose has earned accreditation, either from a regional institution, or better yet, from an institution focused specifically on HVAC education.
All of these factors and more play into the decision to attend any specific HVAC school. HVACClasses.org groups together the HVAC programs available within various states, as well as some that are available within specific U.S. cities. This site provides helpful data on each school, including the number of students who graduated from the school’s HVAC program within the most recent year (when that data is available). We also sort the programs by size and enrollment. Finally, details on occupational demand within the state, licensing requirements, and the accreditation of schools are also provided. Small schools, community colleges, and large universities comprise our list since all types of institutions are now offering HVAC programs.
Some states have more HVAC schools than others simply because the need for installers and technicians is greater there or because the overall population of the state is higher. For example, Ohio is ranked seventh in the U.S. in terms of population while the Buckeye State has the second highest number of HVAC schools accredited through the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). In cases like this, HVACClasses.org provides the information on occupational demand within the state, new number of HVAC jobs expected to become available, and licensing requirements. Each state page also provides some ideas for trade associations and organizations to join in each state and provides information on program accreditation. Not every state will have a link, due to the fact that there are not a significant number of HVAC schools available within every state. However, graduates of HVAC schools should be aware they can try to build a career almost anywhere in the nation as long as the job demand is high and their skill set matches those that are most in need.
Students will find that career growth for HVAC jobs is particularly strong in some U.S. cities. This may be due to a city location that is in a very warm or cold setting, the availability or lack of certain types of fuels there, or new energy-savings regulations that have recently passed. In this section, HVACClasses.org provides job details for those seeking HVAC careers. The details outlines on individual city pages include forecasted HVAC career growth (sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), programs and HVAC schools available there, and local resources for certification and licensing. City pages also use the all available data to provide the career outlooks for U.S. cities where HVAC job growth is expected to be strong, and this site is updated with new cities and outlooks when forecasts change.