As the workforce continues to evolve, many people are taking non-traditional career paths, increasingly exploring trade options that provide ample job openings and lucrative salaries. In recent years, the HVAC field has grown exponentially, becoming an appealing career avenue for individuals wanting an alternative to a typical 9-5 office job. HVAC technicians are responsible for installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC units for residential and commercial customers. Here are some of the key steps you can take to become a certified HVAC technician:
Enroll in a reputable certification program.
The first step to launching a career as an HVAC technician is to explore different certification programs. There are likely many reputable and well-known certification programs in your area that can offer comprehensive training and education in the field. There are also many nationally acclaimed certifications, including the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) certification programs that adhere to the highest standards of excellence in the HVAC industry. Keep in mind that every certification program has its own set of application requirements and fees. By enrolling in a reputable program, you’ll gain the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on a career path as an HVAC professional.
Gain on-the-job experience.
In addition to formal training, it’s equally important to gain practical, on-the-job experience. Some certification programs even require a certain number of hours to earn the certification. There are many apprenticeships and entry-level positions that provide opportunities to work directly under seasonal HVAC technicians. In these roles, you’ll have a chance to be part of an HVAC team in providing a variety of services to residential and commercial customers, such as unit replacements, repairs, and emergency services. This will allow you to build your resume and make yourself marketable for a full-time position.
Once you’ve officially passed your certification exam, maintaining your certification should be a top priority. As your career progresses, you may be required to continue fulfilling various educational requirements, such as completing ongoing courses or joining professional organizations. It’s important to stay informed about the latest developments in the HVAC field so you keep your skills competitive and fulfill all certification renewal requirements.
By taking the steps above, you’ll be well on your way to a successful HVAC career that will provide job security and many exciting employment opportunities!
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Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experience creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.