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Illinois has a growing demand for HVAC technicians, with an employment of 9,360 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2021).

Such a high number can be attributed to the fact that the state doesn’t require state-level licensing.

Even without this requirement, it’s still best to look over the information on this page.

HVAC Programs in Illinois

The absence of a state-level license shouldn’t stop you from becoming a highly qualified HVAC technician.

To achieve this, you need the appropriate education, training, and experience from an accredited HVAC program.

Listed below are some of the HVAC training centers in Illinois that you can check out.

34 HVAC Schools in Illinois

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Black Hawk College1501 State Hwy. 78, Kewanne, IL 61443
College of Dupage22nd St & Lambert Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
College of Lake County19351 W. Washington, Grayslake, IL 60030
Coyne College330 N. Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607
Elgin Community College1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, IL 60123
Environmental Technical Institute1101 W. Thorndale Avenue, Itasca, IL 60143
Environmental Technical Institute13010 South Division Street, Blue Island, IL 60406
Gateway Technical College-Kenosha Campus3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53144
Harper College1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067
HVAC Tech5401 W. 65th Street, 4th Floor, Bedford Park, IL 60638
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Illinois Central College1 College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61635
John A. Logan College700 Logan College Road, Carterville, IL 62918
Joliet Junior College1215 Houbolt Road, Joliet, IL 60431
Kankakee Community College100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901
Kennedy-King College6800 S. Wentworth Avenue, Chicago, IL 60621
Lake Land College5001 Lake Land Blvd, Mattoon, IL 61938
Lincoln Land Community College5250 Shepherd Road, Box 19256, Springfield, IL 11111
Lincoln Trail College11220 State Hwy 1, Robinson, IL 62454
Midwest Technical Institute2731 Farmers Market Road, Springfield, IL 62707
Moraine Valley Community College10900 S. 88th Avenue, Palos Hills, IL 60465
Morton College3801 S. Central Avenue, Cicero, IL 60201
Oakton Community College1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Parkland College2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61821
Prairie State College202 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60411
Richland Community CollegeOne College Park, Decatur, IL 62521
Sauk Valley Community CollegeRoute 2, 173 Illinois, Dixon, IL 61021
Southwestern Illinois College/Belleville Campus2500 Carlyle Road, Belleville, IL 62221
Technology Center of Dupage301 South Swift Street, Addison, IL 60101
Triton College2000 5th Avenue, Bldg I-29, River Grove, IL 60139
Truman College-Technical Ctr/Occupational Prgms1200 West Sunnyside Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
Vatterott College501 N 3rd. Street, Quincy, IL 62301
Waubonsee Community CollegeRt 47 @ Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

EPA Certification

With or without a state-level license, you’re required by the federal government to obtain the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification.

It’s a mandatory certification born from the Clean Air Act that ensures all technicians can safely work with refrigerants.

Read our guide to EPA certification to learn more.

Local-level Licensing

Some localities in Illinois may require you to get a license, while some may not.

For example, Chicago has no local-level license requirements for you to perform HVAC services.

That’s why it’s recommended that you check with the local government offices where you’ll be working.

Moreover, if you want to start an HVAC business, then you should check with your locality for any requirements.

Usually, at a minimum, you’ll be asked to provide a…

  • Business name registration to the Secretary of State
  • Worker’s compensation insurance

Potential Salary

HVAC technicians can earn competitive salaries in Illinois.

Per BLS (May 2021), the salary ranges between $30,000 to $84,000, with an average of $57,460 annually.

Take a look at the table below to know how much you can potentially earn in 10 of Illinois’s cities.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Illinois

City NameSalary
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Bloomington, IL150$55,840$26.85$81,310$31,020
Carbondale-Marion, IL140$54,090$26.01$83,170$29,960
Champaign-Urbana, IL240$59,430$28.57$94,390$37,940
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI7,960$65,460$31.47$105,440$35,520
Danville, IL60$53,970$25.95$78,710$30,620
Decatur, IL100$61,230$29.44$94,960$35,720
Kankakee, IL60$57,250$27.53$92,050$30,840
Peoria, IL340$61,830$29.73$94,990$36,240
Rockford, IL250$63,660$30.61$98,010$35,390
Springfield, IL160$60,540$29.11$96,570$35,380
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, OCC 49-9021, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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