HVAC Technician Qualifications - Certifications & Training Programs | AAI

Want to Become an HVAC Technician?

Are you a problem solver who likes to work with your hands? If that sounds like you, our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Basic Refrigeration (HVAC/BR) training program may just be the perfect fit. 

As a student of Arizona Automotive Institute’s (AAI) HVAC/BR program, you will have the opportunity to train with instructors that have real-world experience in the industry. You’ll have a chance to gain the knowledge and HVAC technician skills that employers may be looking for. As a graduate of our HVAC training, you’ll be ready to tackle the many challenges that working HVAC technicians face in their careers.

Is HVAC a Good Career?

HVAC job duties take skill, knowledge, and problem solving, and at the end of the day, it can be rewarding role since it allows you to provide people with safe and healthy environments to live and work in.

With the growth of commercial and residential real estate comes a demand for trained, skilled workers such as HVACR technicians. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC/BR technician field is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028.*


What is HVAC?

AAI’s program in HVAC/BR focuses on the most important HVAC/BR systems in addition to training and education for working in other areas of the business. Some of the topics our program covers include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Heating & Heat Pumps
  • Refrigeration
  • Technical Customer Service
  • Business Communications

What Do HVAC Technicians Do?

HVAC job descriptions normally include a variety of important roles in the maintenance of residential and commercial systems. HVAC technicians may need to be prepared to install and prep HVAC systems of all kinds. Manufacturers and processes can differ, so it’s important to come prepared with a wide knowledge base. 

As with many things in life, HVAC systems can malfunction. When this happens, people turn to HVAC technicians. Technicians working in the field need to be capable of working with and understanding customers, clearly explaining complex technical issues, and setting customer expectations. 

How Much Money Do HVAC Technicians Make?

Some students wonder what an HVAC salary may look like. The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,610 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,230.*

* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm#tab-1

Career Outlook for HVAC Technicians

Industry growth is a great reason to consider pursuing a career as an HVAC/BR technician. With the growth of commercial and residential real estate comes a demand for trained, skilled workers such as HVACR technicians. Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC/BR technician field is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028.*


How Do I Become an HVAC Technician?

HVAC careers have become more complex as the systems HVAC technicians work on grow more technical. Hands-on training can be helpful as students continue to pursue their careers. Some certifications may be required, and students should be prepared to sit for important exams once they complete their AAI diploma.

Skills & Certifications

All of the courses in the HVAC program include the use of specialty tools, and in each of these courses, we emphasize important job safety procedures. By the end of the program, our students should be prepared to sit for their HVAC qualifications*: Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) technician certification exams and the EPA section 608 certification.

*AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Desired Traits and Characteristics

There are several unique skills and personality traits that can help contribute to success in the field. If the skills and personality traits mentioned here sound like a description of you, then you will certainly want to consider a career as an HVAC/BR Technician.

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Steady hands
  • Detail-oriented
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Ability and willingness to work in a variety of places
  • Ability to combine mental skills with hands-on tasks
  • Communication and customer service skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Professional attitude

Learn the Skills at AAI!

We’d like to invite you to experience our program for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about our exciting program, so feel free to reach out for additional details. We’d be happy to arrange a visit to our campus so you can see our students and instructors in action, and find out if our HVAC program could be the right solution for your career training needs.