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Gain skills to help you prepare to become an HVACR Technician with Penn Foster College’s online HVAC training. You will take courses when it works best for your schedule, study where you want and at your own pace. Designed to help you prepare for HVAC Certification, our affordable training program also includes an EPA Certification preparatory manual, an EPA Certification test voucher, and exam registration.

What Do HVAC Alumni Have to Say?

With an average yearly salary of $47,610¹ and job growth in the field projected to be much faster than average at 13%, now is a great time to take the first steps toward a career as an HVACR Technician. Join the 80% of alumni who’ve seen their quality of life improve after graduating from our HVAC school and learn the foundational skills that can help you find success in an entry-level technician position. Our HVACR alumni have found rewarding positions at companies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Electrolux, and Intel.

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Affording an education you can rely on isn’t always easy. With that in mind, Penn Foster works hard to make sure our HVACR tuition costs and fees are as low as possible. Not only can you work toward the HVAC Technician career you want with an accredited career diploma, but we offer several payment plans to help your training fit your budget. Your tuition also includes an EPA Certification preparatory manual, an EPA Certification test voucher, and exam registration.

Why Choose Penn Foster College?

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Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly student portal, available 24/7.
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Dedicated Success Coaches
You're guided by Certified Instructors, Success Coaches, Teaching Assistants, and Student Support Staff - all working to help you succeed in your HVAC training.
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Curriculum for Success
Get the skills, tools, and training you need to help you prepare for a career as an HVACR Technician.
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Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward with your HVAC training.​
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Proven Reputation
With over 40,000 graduates in 2018 from our regionally and nationally accredited High School and Career School and nationally accredited College, you're in good hands!
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Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other HVAC students as part of the​ Penn Foster Community.
Penn Foster PFx Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, informative videos, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning like no other.

HVAC Classes

Our online HVAC training covers topics such as the nature of electricity, refrigeration systems, electrical systems, HVACR system design and installation, and more to help you succeed in the HVACR repair field. Find the complete course list with details on each of our HVAC classes in the link below.

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

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"The program is able to be done at your own pace and is broken out in a way that helps you understand the lessons."

Christopher P.
HVAC Graduate

Where Can I Get a Job as an HVAC Technician?

For those interested in pursuing a career in a growing industry, earning an HVAC Technician Career Diploma can help you take the first steps toward a rewarding job. HVAC Technicians work in a variety of environments, including hospitals, schools, office buildings and private home. Some even take steps toward owning their own HVAC business! Trained technicians will find themselves doing something new each day, from repairing commercial refrigeration units to mending complex heating systems. An online HVAC Career Diploma can get you started on the path toward a rewarding job in the field.


Q. How much do HVAC Technicians make per hour?

A. Credentialed HVAC Technicians made an average of $22.89 per hour in 2018, or $47,610 per year.¹ Salary and hourly pay for technicians can vary based on experience, the state you live in, and your employer.

Q. Do you need a High School Diploma to become an HVAC Technician?

A. Yes. To work as an HVAC Technician, most employers require applicants to have successfully completed relevant education like a career training program and many – if not all – require licensing to handle refrigerants. To qualify for admission to a training program, online and traditional schools require either a high school diploma or high school equivalency exams.

Q. What is the job description of an HVAC Technician?

A. HVAC Technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Daily work can include installing, cleaning, and maintaining HVAC systems, inspecting and testing systems, and repairing worn devices. Technicians can find themselves working on both industrial and residential HVAC systems depending on their employer.

Q. Why become an HVAC Technician?

A. If you’re looking for a career in a hands-on field that offers the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, becoming an HVAC Technician could be the job for you. Besides allowing you to use your technical and problem-solving skills, the demand for HVAC Technicians is projected to grow much faster than average over the next ten years, adding over 46,000 new jobs.

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Get started today on your path toward a new career as an HVACR Technician with Penn Foster College’s accredited, online program.

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