Residential HVAC Training and Online Programs

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Overview of the eTech HVAC Training Programs

HVAC trades are in very high demand. HVAC jobs are in high demand because they provide essential services to all aspects of society.

The eTech HVAC/R Training Center courses teach you the essential skills to become a residential HVAC technician or installer. For that matter, field sales personnel depend on these courses to quickly bring them up to speed. The courses have been written and approved by industry professionals and veterans of fieldwork.

eTech provides vocational training, which will help supplement your on-the-job experience. This training gives you the facts needed to succeed and teaches you more specialized skills you may need later in your career.

Employers want technicians who can do the job now, not scientists who know much theory but can’t get their hands dirty yet.

eTech HVA/R Training Center teaches five key skill areas for people to learn quickly to start working immediately and advance their skills as their career progresses. eTech provides vocational training to help students get the facts and skills they need to succeed without going too deep into physics.


eTech HVAC School is committed to providing rapid employee development with cost-effective solutions.

  • Low Tuition
  • Certified Master HVAC/R Educators available by email
  • Curriculum written by industry hands-on veterans.


HVAC School Instructor and Students
  • Courses for all career levels
  • Certificate level courses
  • NATE Certification level courses



What is the problem with the usual HVAC Schools?

HVAC schools are not created equally; most brick-and-mortar schools depend on filling time with nearly useless physics, theories, and complex math problems. These HVAC schools, with their extensive HVAC programs, are expensive and often require federal student loans to make it possible for students to attend. Too many students starting HVAC school discover after committing to a $10,000 + student loan that they prefer something else to the industry.

A $10,000+ student loan is a sad mistake if you don’t like the industry after you begin training.

The solution to HVAC Schools with high costs and long courses?

The best HVAC Schools provide effective solutions that allow the HVAC program to be affordable and that fit into the length of the training and the requirement of income (a job) while doing it. The best HVAC schools offer training for direct employment written by Certified Master HVAC Educators (CMHE) with decades of field experience. Did you know that many top HVAC Schools offer oversimplified training that cannot earn a job or career advancement?


What are the five key skill areas taught by eTech HVAC/R Training Center?

Training is available for entry-level apprentices with little to no experience and senior-level HVAC technicians and installers wishing to become Certified Technician. Each stage of the HVAC Technician or Installer career growth can be documented with certification ($$$) or completion certificates ($).

After completing the HVAC School programs, the best hands-on training is experienced by working alongside an experienced technician with your first job. Employers often prefer training new HVAC technicians on the equipment they service locally instead of beat-up equipment in an HVAC School. Modern equipment is built around variable capacity inverters instead of loud and inefficient scroll compressors. Low-efficiency legacy equipment is simply on/off versus modern equipment with system controllers independently handling humidity (latent heat), temperature (sensible heat), and indoor air quality. This modern equipment is likely not available for handling in a brick-and-mortar facility.

New HVAC/R Hire (0-6 months)

The New Hire HVAC/R Employee Program

The new technician introductory courses prime the new hire for entry into the HVAC industry.

Note that hires and apprentices must have OSHA training and ‘card’ along with EPA 608 certification to work in the trade. Technicians should first receive guidance from their employer before investing in OSHA and EPA training to ensure compliance with the employer’s standards. eTech recommends the following linked sources:

Online OSHA training by ClickSafety

EPA Training and Exams by HVAC Excellence-ESCO

Residential HVAC Installer

More Information About The Residential HVAC INstaller Program

Today’s HVAC installations go beyond the type of installation that your grandfather took on. The industry is under constant pressure to increase the efficiency of the installations made in today’s marketplace. Inverters and control boards have replaced most on and off devices in favor of controlled operation in parallel with the actual load (capacity control). Translated, this means that the machine operates only as hard as is required to control the actual sensible and latent heat loads. These changes require that the installation is of technical quality, or the system will collapse.

HVAC Maintenance Technician

More Information about the HVAC Maintenance Technician Program

HVAC Maintenance Technician

The Maintenance Technician performs essential maintenance and performance evaluations of many types of equipment. This role is positioned to discover system defects and failures early into the service cycle and, ideally, before the equipment fails.

EPA 608 by ESCO (not included in tuition)
OSHA Training (not included in tuition)



Residential HVAC Field Service Technician

More Information About the Residential Service Technician Program

The residential service technician program is suited for individuals that have received prior training and experience installing, evacuating, and charging vapor-compression HVAC systems.

Candidates should allow for 6 months of training time to complete this comprehensive program. Experienced field employees may complete the course in less time.

NATE Certified HVAC Professional CHP-5

More Information About the Certified HVAC Professional Certification

The residential service technician program is suited for individuals that have received prior training and experience installing, evacuating, and charging vapor-compression HVAC systems.

Candidates should allow for 6 months of training time to complete this comprehensive program. Experienced field employees may complete the course in less time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the training take to complete?

How long would you like it to take?

Depending on your current skills and experience, the amount of time that you invest in study time and your ability to learn the completion time is what it is.

We recommend that you start the program and gauge the amount of time that you need to complete each course and assignment.

I am new to the industry. Which course is best for me?

The New Technician Introductory Course (New Hire Training) introduces the new hire to the industry’s fundamentals, equipment, tools, and ‘talking points’ needed to blend into the workforce quickly. As your experience grows, we recommend the professional technician pathways, encompassing increasingly technical subjects leading to increased responsibility.

New hires should never try to ‘wing it’ and ‘do some stuff’ instead of learning the trade and the equipment.

I am an 'old hat' in the industry. I'm not convinced I need any more training.

The HVAC industry is always changing, and new technologies are constantly being introduced. To stay ahead of the curve, experienced technicians need to be continually trained. Some of the new technologies that HVAC technicians might be trained on include:

  • Variable speed blowers
  • High-efficiency air filtration and purification
  • Humidity control
  • Energy-efficient thermostats
  • Variable capacity systems
  • Mini Splits
  • System airflow correction

Above are just a few examples of new technologies that HVAC technicians encounter. As you can see, experienced technicians need to receive training on these new technologies to understand correctly, install and maintain them.

For installation work, experienced HVAC technicians require training to keep up with the latest technology and best practices. The HVAC industry constantly evolves, introducing new products and methods. In addition, as new buildings are constructed, and old ones are renovated, the systems in place may need to be updated. Training allows technicians to learn about these changes and how to properly install and maintain the new systems.

Do I need to be certified to work in the HVAC industry?

The short answer is no in most cases, but if you are just beginning your career (2 years or less), the most significant barrier to entry is employers wondering, “How many mistakes will you make.”

  • Individual states could have local standards to investigate before selecting training providers.

If you wish to be certified, eTech recommends NATE Certification.

NATE has two possibilities currently for certification in the AC Specialties. NATE Certified HVAC Professional CHP-5 is sometimes called the CHP5 and the older NATE Specialty. Earning the credential entitled NATE Certified HVAC Professional looks excellent on your resume. eTech training allows you to sit for each of the five exams with a solid guarantee. If you fail the NATE exam after completing the initial eTech training courses, eTech will provide one-on-one tutoring until you pass the exams. See our terms of service for complete details.

Will this training guaranty me a job when I'm done?

No. You must present yourself in a manner that is attractive to employers and be otherwise employable. The extra step of preparing yourself with a completion certificate or certification increases your outlook.

What kind of jobs can I find after completing an online HVAC School?

The short answer is that the answer to this question depends on the employment you seek.

  1. The very best solution is for you to either be employed currently and complete online training to build on your job skills for advancement (and continued employment).
  2. The next best solution is to complete the academics first, and then reach out to employers with the academics and a completion certificate or NATE Certification in hand. If you are employable, then several barriers-to-entry falls, since you won’t need to be trained from scratch. New apprentices without any technical knowledge are a considerable risk to employers, since the employer takes the risk of paying you while they train and assess you. The risk is paying you and later finding out that you are not suited for employment.

eTech’s HVAC School is centered on rapid learning and vocational skills and not so much on academic skills. Our managers hear from employers that they need “technicians-not academics.” We take this distinction seriously, since these characteristics of eTech training solutions allow faster transition into the apprentice workforce.

Employer Programs and Support

Specialized training programs are available, with onsite (in-person) training available.

Substantial discounts are available for five and more students enrolled simultaneously.

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