Online HVAC Classes and Schools

Get information about HVAC training programs and the courses that are usually available in them. Learn about the requirements for studying online, and get tips on choosing a program. Schools offering Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Aspiring HVAC technicians should seek training in programs that prepare them for North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) examinations. Within these programs, you will learn skills to repair and maintain HVAC systems. Much of your classwork may be offered online, though some hands-on training might be arranged with HVAC professionals in your area.

Classes Coursework includes temperature measurement, parts maintenance, continuity testing, airflow requirements, the basics of heating and refrigeration, electric motor theory, tool use and electrical safety.
Training In addition to online classes, some programs focus on in-person training with a local contractor.
Schools Recommended institutions are associated with North American Technician Excellence and/or ready you for EPA certification.

What Will My Classes Be Like?

Some things you might learn in your online HVAC classes include the following:

  • Measuring refrigerant and air conditioning temperature
  • Cleaning coils and humidifiers
  • Testing the continuity of electrical circuits and determining airflow requirements
  • Basic electric motor theory, heat transfer, and refrigeration
  • How to use tools and work with electricity safely

You can also learn how to access industry-related information on the Web. Your classes could be self-paced and include reading assignments, exercises, quizzes, images, videos and printable handouts. Most programs include midterms and finals.

Some programs encourage you to seek a local contractor or HVAC technician who will help you gain hands-on experience while you study. In most online programs, you'll earn a certificate once you complete the requirements. You may then be eligible for entry-level positions if you're new to the field or job advancement if you're currently working in the HVAC industry.

What Should I Look for in an Online HVAC School?

Look for programs that are endorsed by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) or those that offer NATE certification preparation. NATE is the leading certifying body for HVAC technicians and offers the only exam supported by the whole industry. You should also look for programs that prepare you for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification and other industry exams. Under the Clean Air Act, all technicians must complete a mandatory certification program established by the EPA to become authorized to perform any service, maintenance or repair, and before disposing of any appliance that contains refrigerants.

Very few entities offer online HVAC training, since the work requires hands-on, in-person training in many instances. For programs that do offer online training, several online videos are made available to aspiring technicians to help teach the trade.

Some schools and programs that offer online training include the following:

  • Penn Foster Career School
  •, in partnership with select colleges and institutes sourced near your zipcode or country, if outside the U.S.
  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America

What's Included in My Tuition?

Depending on the program, the cost of your textbooks, any equipment you may need and other learning materials may be covered in your tuition. Unlimited phone support may also be included. You may receive a voucher and preparation materials for the EPA certification test or access to the Industry Competence Exam (ICE), which measures your competency in the industry standards needed for basic entry-level work.

What Are the Technical Requirements?

You'll need a computer with an Internet connection. Some programs may require that you have high-speed Internet access. Some programs may only be compatible with certain browsers - like Firefox and Internet Explorer - or certain operating systems.

In order to view interactive course content, you'll need plug-ins such as Real Player, Windows Media Player and QuickTime. You may have to adjust your browser settings to accept cookies, Java and JavaScript, and you may need to adjust your firewall, anti-virus and ad-blocking software settings.

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