The most prominent accrediting agencies for HVAC training programs are the National Center for Construction Education and Research, the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration, HVAC Excellence, North American Technician Excellence and Research, Environmental Protection Agency, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Select a college that has at least one accreditation.
It is also important to try and find small class numbers, because then you will receive personalized help from the program teachers. A good HVAC college will also have an on-campus science lab with modern equipment. Before enrolling make sure you visit and explore the campus and get a feel for the place, the teaching areas, the overall facilities offered and talk to the senior lecturers, if they are available. Also find out if they provide any flexibility in scheduling classes for students with external jobs, and also how you might go about procuring financial aid, if you are eligible.
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The average family spends at least $2,000 a year on energy bills according to the Environmental Protection Agency. More than half of that goes to heating and cooling your home.