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HVAC - R Training Program Overview

Heating, ventilation, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems wear out over time, so there is always a need for a mechanic who knows how to repair them or install a new system.
As energy efficiency and pollution reduction drive increase, mechanical systems must be retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced to meet demand.

  • Learn ductless split systems and commercial refrigeration systems
  • Design and install duct systems
  • Learn how to conduct Load calculations to size an AC unit for a house
  • Service and troubleshoot AC systems
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Looking for an Air Conditioning School? With HVAC - R certification from ACI you may obtain an entry level position as a Residential and Commercial HVAC Technician, Commercial Refrigeration Technician or Maintenance Technician.

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Learn more about the future HVAC-R Technician job outlook and salary for our area

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems. HVAC R technicians work mostly in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Learn more about HVAC R Technician salary potential and future job outlook.

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Find out if you are eligible for Financial Aid


The United States government offers more than $100 billion dollars in federal student aid funding to cover tuition, books, materials, and other coursework necessities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an HVAC Technician?

An HVAC Technician is someone who works on Heating and Air Conditioning units and systems. They can troubleshoot, install, replace and repair parts.They work with small portions of welding, electrical wiring, and heating and air conditioning duties.

How long does it take to become a HVAC Technician?

A good HVAC program is about 8 months long. Seek out a robust program that will allow you to have hands-on training, real world experience in the classroom and out in the field on field trips. This school offers flexible schedules in both Spanish and English.

What will I learn as a HVAC-R Technician student?

You will learn all about residential and commercial Heating and Air along with commercial refrigeration systems. You will learn how to work on heating, ventilation systems for places such as apartment buildings, factories, hospitals and even government offices.

Am I qualified for financial aid?

Financial Aid is available for those that qualify. This school has options to fit everyone! You can apply for State funding, scholarships, Pell Grant, Student loans and even payment plans. We walk prospective HVAC-R students through the options to see what they qualify for and create a customized plan just for you!

How much do HVAC-R Techs make?

We direct you to visit this link for the most current wage earnings for HVAC. The Median annual wage for HVAC in May of 2021 was $48,630.

What do HVAC Techs do?

HVAC Techs work directly with Installations, cleaning and maintenance of HVAC systems, electrical components, repair and replacements. You would be tasked with repairing duct work, cleaning them and checking refrigerant levels. Strong customer service skills are also important in this field. Successful HVAC-R Techs are punctual and polite and know how to handle customer service situations.

How to become an HVAC Technician?

Attend an accredited program and graduate in about 8 months. This puts you in a position that is more skilled than those who enter the field through a job that may turn into apprenticeship to work with experienced technicians. During our program, you can sit for your EPA exam. You can also qualify and apply for Certification through TDLR.

What skills does a HVAC tech need?

Customer Service Skills, Detail Oriented, Math Skills, Mechanical Skills, Physical Strength. Good work ethics. Strong communication skills, attention to detail in terms of knowing the difference when you should replace an item, versus repair an item.

What HVAC job pays the most?

There are many areas from Boilermakers, sheet metal workers, solar installers, Maintenance and repair workers. NOTE: There are more than 100 areas of air conditioning and refrigeration jobs. It depends on the skills you develop, and your motivation. What you would like to specialize in and the geographic area you choose to work.

What is the difference between HVAC and HVAC-R technician?

The difference between HVAC and HVAC-R: HVAC is qualified to work on residential units and light commercial air conditioning equipment. HVAC-R is qualified for both residential and commercial air conditioning as well as refrigeration equipment.

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