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HVAC Schools in Illinois

It doesn’t appear that the demand for HVAC technicians will ever decrease in the foreseeable future, so here is a guide on how to start a career in this industry, in Illinois.

Salary

The entry-level salary for this profession is higher in Illinois than in other parts of the USA, with the average salary being $47,907 per year, and the highest one being $54,285 annually.

Speaking of the rest of the nation, the median income of an HVAC worker is $46,648 per year, while top earners make around $52,858 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$42K
$47K
$54K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Chicago$49,447
Aurora$49,009
Rockford$46,177
Joliet$48,047
Naperville$48,446
Springfield$43,055
Peoria$45,057
Elgin$48,650
Waukegan$46,631
Cicero$49,447

Job Requirements

Illinois doesn’t require HVAC technicians to hold a license in order to work in this field.

This aspect makes it easier to enter the field when compared to other regions.

Cities and jurisdictions might have some specific and local rules that you’ll have to adhere to, and it could be a good idea to get some training and certifications for better job security.

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Related Licenses

In this state, there are very few requirements when it comes to certification, and this is seen in many trades, including electricians and contractors.

Not even Chicago requires its HVAC technicians to hold a license.

In this city, a supervising electrician, a Plumbers’ Apprentice and a Plumbing Contractor will need certification and these licenses might be useful for an HVAC specialist.

Continental Testing is the body administers the testing process in Chicago.

You might want to check out the schools below to get some training and increase your knowledge in the field.

School NameAddress
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College6301 S Halsted StChicago, Illinois 60621
College of DuPage425 Fawell Blvd.Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137
College of Lake County19351 W Washington St.Grayslake, Illinois 60030
Coyne College330 North Green StreetChicago, Illinois 60607
Danville Area Community College2000 E Main StDanville, Illinois 61832
Elgin Community College1700 Spartan DriveElgin, Illinois 60123
Environmental Technical Institute1101 W Thorndale AveItasca, Illinois 60143
Global Tech Training LLC203 S Logan StLincoln, Illinois 62656
Harper College1200 W Algonquin RdPalatine, Illinois 60067
Illinois Central CollegeOne College DriveEast Peoria, Illinois 61635
Illinois Valley Community College815 N Orlando Smith AveOglesby, Illinois 61348
John A Logan College700 Logan College RoadCarterville, Illinois 62918
Joliet Junior College1215 Houbolt RdJoliet, Illinois 60431
Kankakee Community College100 College DriveKankakee, Illinois 60901
Kaskaskia College27210 College RdCentralia, Illinois 62801
Lake Land College5001 Lake Land BlvdMattoon, Illinois 61938
Lincoln Land Community College5250 Shepherd RdSpringfield, Illinois 62794
Midwest Technical Institute280 High Point LnEast Peoria, Illinois 61611
Moraine Valley Community College9000 W. College ParkwayPalos Hills, Illinois 60465
Morton College3801 S Central AveCicero, Illinois 60804
Oakton Community College1600 E Golf Rd.Des Plaines, Illinois 60016
Parkland College2400 W Bradley AveChampaign, Illinois 61821
Prairie State College202 South Halsted StreetChicago Heights, Illinois 60411
Richland Community CollegeOne College PkDecatur, Illinois 62521
Sauk Valley Community College173 Illinois Rt 2Dixon, Illinois 61021
Shawnee Community College8364 Shawnee College RdUllin, Illinois 62992
Southwestern Illinois College2500 Carlyle AveBelleville, Illinois 62221
Vatterott College3609 North Marx DriveQuincy, Illinois 62305

EPA Certification

The Environmental Protection Agency is a federal entity ruling all 50 states.

Those working with refrigerants must obtain Section 608 Certification from the EPA.

This ensures you can handle dangerous chemicals properly to avoid accidents.

Business License

If you want to sell your services in the State of Illinois, you’ll have to register as a business with the state.

This license is helpful when it comes to taxes towards the state and most jurisdictions might also request it.

Conclusion

While it’s rather easy to work as an HVAC technician in Illinois, it’s better to check the regulations with your local government to make sure you work in complete legality.

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