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Top HVAC Training Schools in Arkansas

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC) is a sub-discipline mechanical engineering devoted to climate control in buildings and automobiles. The scope of an HVAC technician’s work includes the repair and maintenance of air conditioning and heating systems, as well as industrial and commercial refrigeration units.

In the state of Arkansas, the demand for HVAC technicians is great as the summers are hot and humid and the winters are cold and just above freezing.
hvac training image1In an accredited HVAC training program, students learn the fundamentals of repairing and maintaining the motors, compressors, and pumps that heating, cooling and refrigeration systems rely on. With those electrical systems, the training programs also teach students the basics electrical engineering and circuitry. These courses will prepare students for the state’s licensing exams and the practical applications required in the field.

In Arkansas, most of the HVAC schools are in Little Rock, though there are programs in other areas of the state, including Harrison, Springdale and Pine Bluff. Governing bodies of accreditation in HVAC education include the HVAC Excellence, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).

HVAC Certification in Arkansas

In Arkansas, the only certification required for HVAC technicians is the federally mandated EPA Section 608 cert. HVAC licensing and certification in the state is governed by The Arkansas Department of Health, under its environmental health division and the testing is proctored by the International Code Council (ICC). 

For technicians, there are three types of EPA certifications, each permitting a technician to work on specific types of systems. Type 1 certifies a technician to repair small appliances, type 2 authorizes work on high-pressure, commercial and industrial systems and type 3 is for low-pressure machines. Those seeking to eventually gain their contractor’s license in the state of Arkansas should be advised that there are five license classes, with Class A being the highest and least restricted.

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Salaries for HVAC Technician Jobs in Arkansas

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in Arkansas, the average annual salary for HVAC technicians is $37,090 with no major differences between metropolitan areas in the state. The rate of growth in the field is expected to be much faster than most other industries; about 21% nationwide by 2022.
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