There are several different ways to learn HVAC. There are pros and cons to each.

Accredited College

Online HVAC CertificationYou will receive and approved and accredited HVAC Certification course, taught by qualified instructors.  This type of HVAC training is structured and every aspect of the HVAC field is covered.  You will receive a diploma or certificate depending on the HVAC school you attend.

Cons –These HVAC courses take two years of full time school. Costs are higher, you are paying for two years of college.

Apprenticeship (Union)

Pros – You can work in the HVAC field while you are learning the trade. You will have scheduled classes to attend.  You will be a union member.

Cons – This training usually takes 4 years until you can take your journeyman test.  You will be a helper, starting from scratch with the company you are hired on to. Depending on the state, there are a limited number of apprenticeship spaces available and you may have to wait to become enrolled.  Books and tests are usually out of pocket expenses.  You will be a union member.

On the Job Training

Pros – None.

Cons – Too many to list… you can call me for the details.

Online Certification

Pros – You can work full time and  learn HVAC.  The costs are substantially lower than accredited colleges,  You can study the HVAC field at your own pace and become HVAC certified in as little as 8-12 months.

Cons – It is up to you to stay focused and complete the course.  Depending on the course, you will have to learn the ”” hands-on”” part of training without supervision.

by Ron Walker


Ron Walker
Ron Walker

After retiring from the U.S. Marines and achieving his B.S. degree, Ron Walker entered the HVAC field. He has been an HVAC technician, service manager, and business owner. Working as a service manager, he spent many years training HVAC technicians to be more technically competent and really understand their trade. His passion for teaching and helping others resulted in the creation of HVAC Training Solutions, LLC.