An HVAC program at an accredited vocational school or community college is an excellent way to fast track a career and prepare for state certification exams. In these programs, students will learn how to maintain, repair and troubleshoot issues with commercial and residential heating, air conditioning and refrigeration units. Due to the nature of the work involved in the field, most programs also teach the fundamentals of electrical engineering and basic circuitry.
HVAC Certification in CaliforniaIn California, employers require a technician to have an EPA Universal 608 certification, which means that the prospective technician must complete all three 608 certification types, individually. Many employers may also require a North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification and may administer a pre-employment skills test to all applicants.
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Salaries for HVAC Technician Jobs in CaliforniaAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for HVAC technicians in the state of California is $52,220. The average annual salaries for HVAC technicians in the San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas are higher than the state average at $60,100 and $53,370, respectively. The field is expected to grow by 21%, nationwide, by 2022.
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