If you live in Texas, you know how hot summers can get. It's almost impossible to live without air conditioning, so if you decide to work in the HVAC field, you won't have to worry much about being unemployed - no matter how frugal a Texan is, he'll have no choice but to call an HVAC worker if his air conditioner breaks. When deciding what program you want to attend, talk to schools to find out if they're accredited. If you decide to go to a community college that offers HVAC classes, ask each college whether or not they're accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. When looking at independent schools and training programs, check to see if they're associated with an agency like HVAC Excellence or PAHRA, also known as the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation.
How to Get Certified in TexasIn Texas, you are not required to obtain any special certification to become an HVAC technician, but you do need to register with the state by submitting an application. Even though certification isn't required, it's smart to become certified, anyway. Most schools offer examinations to become certified. To make yourself more marketable to future employers, you may also want to get EPA certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Salaries for HVAC Technician Jobs in TexasAs mentioned before, you won't have trouble getting an HVAC job in Texas. The state hires more technicians than any other state in the country. With an average hourly pay of $19.55 and average annual salary of around $40,000, you should end up making a fairly nice living, too. Getting HVAC training is the first step to a successful career. Whether you choose to get a degree or attend a shorter program, you shouldn't have trouble finding a good job as long as you go to an accredited school and obtain certification.
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