Selecting an HVAC school takes time and consideration. There are many different questions to answer about HVAC schools and students may want to do their research ahead of time to have a clear picture of how to advance from an education to an HVAC career. An HVAC school can help with many of these career details, even offering information on job leads and opportunities or the training for special certifications that provide advancement in a field. This is why students will want to look at the whole picture when selecting an HVAC school and be sure they understand what their education will give to them when it comes to working toward a career.
Students first need to know about the HVAC schools that exist in the state or city where they live. Next, they will want to determine the cost of the program and the type of training they are receiving for their money. Will it be a general HVAC program or will courses be specifically toward certain types of systems? Will they have a certificate when complete or an associate of applied science degree? As well, they will want to make sure that the school has accreditation, either from a regional institution, or better yet, from an institution geared at HVAC education.
All of these factors and more play into the decision to attend one of the specific HVAC schools. At HVACClasses.org, we group together the specific HVAC programs available within various states, and some that are even available within specific U.S. cities. We provide helpful data on each, including the number of students who graduated from the school’s HVAC program within the most recent year (when that data is available, of course). We also sort the programs by size and enrollment. Details on occupational demand within the state, licensing details, 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 the seventh highest in the U.S. in terms of population. It also has the second highest number of HVAC schools accredited through the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation. 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. We also explain give some ideas for trade associations and organizations to join and provide information on accreditation. Not every state will have a link, however, mainly because there are not a significant number of HVAC schools available within a 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 sets match those that are most in need.
Students will find that career growth for HVAC jobs are 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. This includes forecasted HVAC career growth by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for the city, programs and HVAC schools available there, and local resources for certification and licensing. We’ll do our best to provide the career outlooks for U.S. cities where HVAC job growth is expected to be strong, and update our site with new cities and outlooks when forecasts change.