Earn your high school diploma or GED.
A foundation of math, shop-classes, computer training and science is a great start to becoming a successful HVAC tech.
Get formal training.
Complete an apprenticeship program or training at a local trade school.
Depending on the state that you 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.
Residential service careers are in demand all over the country.
THE HVAC TECHNICIAN CAREER PATH
WHY BECOME A HVAC TECHNICIAN?
Unlike other career paths that require years of schooling and come with large student loans, in the field of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) you will be trained on the job – and get paid at the same time. HVAC technicians start their careers in an apprenticeship, learning with a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction
A career in HVAC has great earning potential. The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2021 show that the average salary of an HVAC technician is $48,630/year.
The demand for skilled tradespeople continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration is projected to grow 5% from 2021-2031.