Becoming an HVAC technician — someone who works on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems — can be a great career choice for many people. Think it might be the right one for you? The next step is figuring out how to get trained. Below, we have some tips on how to start HVAC school, so you can take those first strides on the path toward your new career!
Learn more about the job
Before you dive right in and enroll in an HVAC program, you’ll want to be sure that the career you’ll be training for is a good fit for you — after all, you don’t want to invest in a new job that doesn’t end up suiting you! Do you enjoy working with your hands? Do the expected salaries of your HVAC job prospects match your financial goals? Ask questions about the field and the day-to-day work, as well as what you want for yourself, so you can be sure everything is aligned.
Research HVAC schools
Once you know you’re on the right path, you’ll next want to find the best possible training to help you get certified. Check out all of the HVAC programs in your area and examine each one to determine which are your top options. Read online reviews; compare course descriptions, schedules, and costs; and talk to instructors or administrators if possible. It’s also a good idea to check if they have relationships with any companies or other career assistance available for students. This way, you can be confident you’re getting the biggest benefit out of the tuition cost.
Figure out how to pay for it
While it’s definitely a good idea to pay upfront in full if possible, that’s not always a possibility for everyone. If you’ve find that it would be better for you to break up payments instead, check to see what alternative payment options are available for your program. You might be able to pay with a loan, a payment plan, or an ISA — there may even be scholarship, grant, or employer reimbursement opportunities!
Get excited for the next chapter in your life
Learning a new skill and embarking on a career path can be daunting, but also exciting! Whether you’re just getting started on your very first career, or switching to HVAC from a different industry, now’s the time to enjoy the path you’re on and to get ready for great things in store.