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What are the requirements to get an entry-level job in the HVAC industry?

Also, what kind of jobs are there at the entry level? #HVAC #heating-cooling-air-conditioning

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Brian’s Answer

Hi Joseph! Great question about what it takes to be ready for this line of work. There is more to doing the work than having a few wrenches and a work truck or van. Being able to show credentials to prove your knowledge and understanding is important for potential employers or customers.

There appear to be many related and relevant certifications you may want to consider; EPA 608 certification, EPA R-410A and NATE are a few.

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Here's a pretty great page on many aspects of being an HVAC professional. Take some time to check it out: https://www.trade-schools.net/trades/hvac.asp#article
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Bryan’s Answer

See Brian's answer above. I've been in the industry, and thats all great advice.
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Lenny’s Answer

Brian's answer is spot on. I would like to add that those are not necessary requirements to become an apprentice or helper which is where you should begin. Find a company that has highly trained technicians and find out if they have an apprentice program. Understand that in the beginning you will most likely be picking up parts, handing trained technicians tools, replacing filters, cleaning coils and assisting with overall yearly tune ups. All of that is a great place to start and make sure you use that time to ask lots of questions. The more you can learn and observe from the sidelines, the better chances for success in this industry. Something not mentioned that are incredibly valuable traits are being dependable and having a great work ethic. HVAC can be a very profitable career and you can branch out to many other industries from this starting point. Be the guy or gal that outworks everyone else and opportunities will be endless (if you choose the right company to work for)
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