This quick article outlines the average costs associated with an HVAC trade school course. We’ll also outline other costs like NATE exams and EPA 608 certification.
Cost of HVAC Trade School Training
Tuition for a 9 month to 1 year HVAC trade school program averages between $15,000 and $20,000, but remember that is before any financial aid is applied.
That's the cost of tuition only; it doesn't include other expenses like room and board if you were to attend school out of state. We based that estimate on a sample of over 30 nonprofit and for-profit HVAC trade schools.
Cost of NATE Certification Exams
The cost of NATE certification exams varies by testing location. But on average, each test will cost between $130-$250. You can expect to spend about $500 when taking both the core and specialty exams. The above estimate does not include the registration fee, which may also vary at each testing location.
Study materials for the NATE exam can be found in a variety of places, including the NATE online store. There are also some great free online resources as well, but studying from official material is important.
Cost of EPA 608 Certification
When taking the EPA 608 exam, costs will vary depending on where you take the exam. On average, each portion (Core, Type 1, Type 2, Type 3) costs a minimum of $20. The Universal Certification will cost $150 or more.
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