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Top HVAC Training Schools in North Dakota

According to a USA Today article published on February 1, 2014, the North Dakota regions of Fargo and Bismarck rank 5th and 6th respectively out of the 10 fastest growing economies in the United States. The recent oil boom around these areas has benefited not only the energy industry but other industries as well. As the economy continues to grow in the state, so does the demand for qualified Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians. Students can find accredited HVAC programs at designated vocational schools, community colleges and through distance learning online offerings. Accrediting agencies include:

  • The North Dakota Department of Public Instructions. Accredits vocational programs associated with secondary high schools).
  • The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. (NCACS or NCA); also known as the Higher Learning Commission. Accredits community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.

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How to Get Certified in North Dakota

HVAC certification in North Dakota is overseen by the Licensing Board of the North Dakota Secretary of State's office. Before licensing, all HVAC candidates need to complete an accredited HVAC certification training program. Certificates will allow an HVAC candidate to work in entry level positions while Associate degrees usually take longer to complete but offer higher paying job possibilities with more responsibilities.

Coursework covers all technical and practical applications related to Equipment design, manufacturing specifications, repair and maintenance issues, and legal regulations. Passing state or national HVAC competency exams is mandatory. If working with refrigerants, HVAC technicians must also pass the EPA Section 608 exam. Other requirements for employment include being at least 18 years old and having a valid driver's license.

Salaries of HVAC Jobs in North Dakota

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2012 that the average HVAC worker made $43,640 per year nationwide. By comparison, current annual salaries for North Dakota HVAC technicians range between $38,000-$49,000 depending on the location and experience of the technician. Salaries are expected to continue rising in North Dakota's HVAC industry, along with the state's economic expansion.

HVAC technicians can expect plenty of year-round work, especially during the long, winter months when heating services are in high demand. In the warmer parts of the year, licensed HVAC technicians can work for themselves or under supervision with contractors on residential and business construction projects. In addition, North Dakota offers its residents a generally lower cost of living than other areas of the country, so workers are able to save more of what they earn.

HVAC Training and HVAC Schools in North Dakota

North Dakota has several institutions of higher learning that offer accredited HVAC training programs throughout the state. Interested HVAC candidates should look into the accredited programs offered at the following ND institutions:

  • Bismarck State College, Bismarck. Depending on the number of credits and type of coursework HVAC students complete, they will earn either a certificate (44 credits), diploma (60 credits), or Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits).
  • Candeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten. Candidates leading to a certificate or Associate's degree in HVAC upon completion of this training program. Run through a tribal consortium of community colleges, the Candeska program is open to all Indian and non-Indian students wishing to increase their employability skills.
  • North Dakota State College of Science, Fargo. Offers HVAC candidates a certificate or Associate's degree in HVAC/R technology. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Coordinated continuing education, an online distance learning program that awards an HVAC certificate upon completion. Allows students to work at their own pace over as much time as needed to finish coursework.

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      North Dakota's Growing Economy

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