So I have been wanting to brush up on my HVAC technician skills and want to learn more on the technical side, so I have started looking into online HVAC training. Now for someone that has been servicing components that are related to this field, I think that the online courses would be great.
As I know I would understand a lot of what is being taught when attending hvac courses online, and would be able to apply the teachings almost immediately when I am out in the field. But one thing that you need to realize is just because you complete some hvac courses online from an accredited college, institution, or other educational company, does not guarantee that you are going to be able to get a job as an hvac tech right off the bat, but it could not hurt to put that you have that education on your resume.
So basically this is what I think about hvac courses online, and this is my opinion. If you have no experience out in the field servicing Hvac systems, then for what it is worth I do not think that online hvac training courses would be worth the money. Though I am not saying that it would be a complete waste though anyway.
The bad thing about the online classes though compared to the ones that are held at the actually colleges or institutes is the lack of hands on and other problem solving that you will be able to due. Sure there are some computer simulations on most of the hvac courses online, but none that can compare to actually using the equipment.
One of the pros though to this is that you will be able to work on the assignments at your own pace. Even if you can complete most of the course without the hands on training, many colleges and other accredited HVAC schools will give you a letter of recommendation to employers that are in the field, and many companies will be more than happy to bring you under their wing and train you with the hands on part of HVAC if you have already passed some of the courses, which is telling them that you have a good general understanding on how HVAC systems work and operate.
After HVAC school you will need about 2 years of field experience until you can start making decent money as an HVAC technician. Remember the ones that make the money are the ones that have their own businesses, or are subcontractors. To be able to do this though you will need sufficient HVAC training to be able to decipher the hundreds of troubleshooting situations that will appear.
Another thing that you should be looking for when it comes to online hvac training, is if you get an certification out of completing the classes, such as the EPA type 1-3 and universal training. There are also hvac courses that are available for automobiles and other types of refrigerant systems that are available online, and having that EPA certification is almost always required when seeking a job as an HVAC technician.