HVAC Schools in Ohio (Top Programs Listed)

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HVAC Schools in Ohio

Learning a trade can be useful, and HVAC techs are sought after in Ohio.

Let’s take a look at what you need to do in order to work in HVAC in Ohio.

Expected Salary

In Ohio, on average workers make about $45,628 a year, and you can earn up to $51,701 per year after getting more experience.

As a benchmark, across the US, the median income for HVAC workers is $46,731 annualy, while the most expereinced and skilled can make around $52,951.

Annual Salary Range:
$40K
$45K
$51K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Columbus$45,960
Cleveland$46,365
Cincinnati$45,698
Toledo$45,189
Akron$44,866
Dayton$45,427
Canton$44,629
Youngstown$44,301
Lorain$45,502
Hamilton$45,511

Ohio HVAC Contractor Job

To be a contractor, you need vast experience in the installing and repair of HVAC systems.

In order to be successful, you first need to attend a trade school and become a licensed apprentice.

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The program will teach you everything you need to know about air conditioning systems and how they function.

You can attend any of the schools below.

School NameAddress
Adult and Community Education-Hudson2323 Lexington AvenueColumbus, Ohio 43211
Adult Center for Education400 Richards RdZanesville, Ohio 43701
American School of Technology4599 Morse CenterColumbus, Ohio 43229
Ashtabula County Technical and Career Campus1565 State Route 167Jefferson, Ohio 44047
Auburn Career Center8140 Auburn RdConcord Twp, Ohio 44077
Belmont College120 Fox Shannon PlaceSaint Clairsville, Ohio 43950
Butler Tech-D Russel Lee Career Center3603 Hamilton Middletown RdHamilton, Ohio 45011
Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County150 Price RdNewark, Ohio 43055
Columbus State Community College550 E Spring StColumbus, Ohio 43215
Cuyahoga Valley Career Center8001 Brecksville RoadBrecksville, Ohio 44141
Fortis College555 E Alex Bell RdCenterville, Ohio 45459
Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development3254 E Kemper RdCincinnati, Ohio 45241
Greene County Vocational School District2960 West Enon RoadXenia, Ohio 45385
Kaplan Career Institute8720 Brookpark RoadBrooklyn, Ohio 44129
Kaplan College2800 East River RoadDayton, Ohio 45439
Knox County Career Center306 Martinsburg RdMount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Medina County Career Center1101 W Liberty StMedina, Ohio 44256
Miami Valley Career Technology Center6800 Hoke RdClayton, Ohio 45315
Northwest State Community College22600 State Route 34Archbold, Ohio 43502
O C Collins Career Center11627 State Rte 243Chesapeake, Ohio 45619
Ohio Hi Point Joint Vocational School District2280 St Rte 540Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
Owens Community College30335 Oregon RdPerrysburg, Ohio 43551
Penta County Joint Vocational School9301 Buck RoadPerrysburg, Ohio 43551
Pike County Joint Vocational School District175 Beaver Creek RdPiketon, Ohio 45661
Polaris Career Center7285 Old Oak BlvdMiddleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
RG Drage Career Center2800 Richville Dr SWMassillon, Ohio 44646
Sinclair Community College444 W. Third St.Dayton, Ohio 45402
Stark State College6200 Frank Ave NWNorth Canton, Ohio 44720

To get a contractor license, you have to be an apprentice for at least 5 years, be 18 years old and a US citizen.

You also need to submit a $500,000 liability insurance, pay some fees and take a background check.

Keep the records and permits of the commercial projects you worked on, as they will be required as proof of the 5 years of experience in the trade.

Getting Licensed

After gathering the paperwork, submit it to the Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board along with a $25.00 fee.

If it’s approved, you can then get ready for the exam.

You won’t need to take the exam if you already have a license in Louisiana or Kentucky, due to reciprocity agreements between the states.

Check out the Ohio.gov website if you are a military veteran.

There you can find more info on what you need to do to apply and get your DD214 form.

The Exam

The exam is managed by PSI Exams, and you can take some mock tests online before the actual examination.

The trade exam lasts for 4 hours, costs $138.00 and is open book.

The business and law test lasts for 2 hours and requires a $69.00 fee.

EPA Guidelines

HVAC techs that work with refrigerants must get EPA certified under Section 608.

These dangerous substances are regulated by The Environmental Protection Agency, and you must train and pass an exam to handle them.

There are 3 types of EPA certification:

  • Type 1: allows you to work with small appliances
  • Type 2: allows you to with high-pressure appliances
  • Type 3: enables you to handle low-pressure appliances.

The Universal certification enables you to handle all the different types and does not expire.

Conclusion

As you can see, becoming an HVAC contractor requires preparation and training.

Hopefully, this article provided you with the info you needed to start your career.

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