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Top HVAC Training Schools in Chicago

A few keystrokes will produce several accredited HVAC programs in the Chicago area. Most of them offer day and night classes that allow trainees to schedule their classes around work and family obligations. Listings for HVAC programs can also be found at job training centers and unemployment offices. It's important to make sure the school is certified in a variety of areas including MVAC technician, universal HVAC tech, R410A certification, NATE certification and HVAC excellence certification. Employers are looking for people from programs with a strong reputation in the industry. An accredited program generally qualifies students for federal loans, Pell Grants, the Perkins loan and funds from the GI Bill. Low income families in Illinois may also qualify for a WIA Grant. hvac taining image1

HVAC Training Schools in Chicago

What's required to be certified? The state of Illinois doesn't require that HVAC contractors have a special license. However, Chicago is located in Cook County and all contractors working in the county are required to register with the Department of Building and Zoning each year. Currently, the fee is $52.50 per license, and the department does have a searchable list of licensed contractors that is open to the public. Keeping an updated license is helpful for those who are newly out of school and looking for a permanent job with a reputable HVAC company.

Salaries for HVAC Technician in Chicago

Depending on training and experience, an HVAC technician in Chicago can expect to make between $49,000 and $58,000 per year. This is approximately 16 percent above the national average for HVAC technicians. Time and experience can see salaries increase by as much as 5 percent per year in the Chicago market.

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