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Top HVAC Training Schools in California

In a state that covers such an expansive area, like California, it is only natural that there is a wide variation in heating and cooling needs. From the freezing winters in Big Bear and the Sierra Nevadas to the blistering summers of the Coachella and Imperial Valleys to the consistently humid conditions in the coastal forests of Humboldt County, the need for qualified HVAC technicians is high.

hvac training image1An 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 California

In 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 California

According 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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