An HVAC apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to HVAC candidates. It combines on-the-job training with classroom instruction. Most apprenticeships take between 3-5 years to complete depending on the program you choose.
Classroom instruction will include some hands-on projects. However, you will get the most hands-on and in-field experience through an HVAC apprenticeship. In most cases, you must be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate (or it’s equivalent) and able to provide a valid driver’s license. Depending on your employer, there may be other qualifications expected as well.
You will have the choice between a local union or non-union apprenticeship program. There are benefits to both options. The most common way to enter a program is through a local union. Most unions have in-house programs as well as a classroom component, making this a more appealing option to some.
Applying to a certified HVAC program is the first step - receiving classroom instruction is a big piece of the puzzle. Otherwise, it is like purchasing an air conditioning unit without installing the proper ductwork, you simply can’t build a career without the proper training.