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what credentials do i need to become an HVAC technician?


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John R’s Answer

"what credentials do i need to become an HVAC technician?"

This is a pretty open ended question.

It's not a matter of one day your in school, the next your taking a test or certification, then you are starting in the trade. This is a journey, a career path.

You are building stackable skills experience.

At an absolute minimum for an "HVAC Technician" (not a helper, not an apprentice) one should have roughly 800 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 of work experience in progressive roles as a helper, apprentice, and PM Tech.

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John R’s Answer

"what credentials do i need to become an HVAC technician?"

This is a pretty open ended question.

It's not a matter of one day your in school, the next your taking a test or certification, then you are starting in the trade. This is a journey, a career path.

You are building stackable skills experience.

At an absolute minimum for an "HVAC Technician" (not a helper, not an apprentice) one should have roughly 800 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 of work experience in progressive roles as a helper, apprentice, and PM Tech.

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Timothy’s Answer

In the state of Texas, all you need is a TDLR registered technician card that shows you passed a background check, and EPA certification.
From there, just find someone willing to hire you and start learning.
For some companies the EPA certification is optional if they just want you to run duct work, but it helps to have epa 608 type 2 or universal and have some tools before you go to work. During my first year as a residential installer purchased at least $1,000 worth of tools.

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Bill’s Answer

Unless there are more specific guidelines in your area , generally all you need is EPA certification . NATE certification is a plus.

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