HVAC Classes in Texas (Top Schools)

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When it comes to carrying out work in conditioning, ventilation and cooling system repair, installation and maintenance, then requirements are different for each state.

Texas does not differ much from other states in terms of requirements.

However, in Texas, there is a clear distinction made between “environmental air conditioning” and the “commercial refrigeration and process cooling or heating.”

That is why there are two types of licensing.

You will need to complete a Texas HVAC certification program.

After that, you need to pass the state-administered exam and fill out certain forms.

One of them is a Texas ACR Contractor License Application.

Here is all you need to know!

HVAC Licenses

There are two types of licenses in Texas.

They are Class A license or a Class B HVACR licenses.

A technician who holds a Class A license can work on a unit of any size.

On the other hand, a technician who has the Class B license can work on cooling systems that are 25 tons and under, and heating systems of 1.5 million BTUs/hour and under.

The license certifies that you can carry out work in air conditioning and refrigeration contracting for commercial refrigeration and process cooling or heating which fall within the scope of your license type.

There is an option to complete HVAC certification program online.

This will provide you with more flexibility in terms of your schedule.

This is especially good for you if you have a part-time job or if you are taking care of your family.

In order to prepare for your certification exam, and obtain your license be sure to go over all the requirements you need to meet in order to obtain the HVAC license.

License Requirements

To obtain the license you must be at least 18. In addition to that you need to supply proof that you have 36 months of hands-on experience.

All the information about taking this exam including various rules, laws and guidelines are available on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation website.

The fee you will have to pay id $115. Once your application has been approved, the state will send a notification to the exam provider, who will in turn notify you to schedule your test.

The test can be taken as many times as you want in the time frame of one year from filing your application.

However, it is still obligatory that you pay the fee for each attempt.

When you pass the test, a license will be awarded to you.

This license will allow you both to provide HVAC services to the general public and to work as a contactor in the HVAC industry.

You will also need proper liability insurance to begin working on appropriate systems or equipment.

Therefore, you have to fulfill the following requirements:

  1. ​Be at least 18 years old
  2. Register as an ACR technician (no exam)
  3. Have at least 4 years of experience working with AC and refrigerators under the supervision of a licenses technician within the past 6 years.
  4. Apply for the ACR contractors certification exam
  5. Determine which license you want
  6. Take the ACR contractors certification exam
  7. Find a job 

ACR Certification Exam

You need to meet the eligibility requirements discussed above in order to schedule and take this exam.

If your application is approved, you should contact the PSI to schedule the exam. You can contact them at 1-800-733-9267.

There are two types of exams depending on the Class of your license.

The tests for Class A and Class B are different in length and the time you have at your disposal.

Class A exam consists of 120 questions that you need to complete in 240 minutes.

Class B exam has 100 questions, and you will have 180 minutes to complete them.

The topics that are featured in the exam are: Absorption systems, basic refrigeration components, boilers, business and law, combustion air, controls, design and responsibility, equipment requirements, heat loads, HVAC systems, piping, pressure relief protection, refrigeration principles, service, testing, ventilation, and venting.

In case you want to take the environmental air exam, the topics are quite similar.

However, they are more specific in terms of the environmental impact the systems can have.

Salary

The job market for HVAC industry is constantly growing. It is estimated that there will be a 30% increase in the number of jobs.

Your salary will be dependent of many factors. Some of them are your licenses, certifications, experience, education, and employers.

As a beginner in San Antonio you can make an average salary of $37,730; and $38,790 in Austin.

Here is a table of salaries you can expect as a HVAC technician in the ten largest cities in the state of Texas:

Annual Salary Range:
$36K
$40K
$54K

Average Salaries of Welders in Texas

City NameSalary
Houston$47,896
Dallas$46,416
San Antonio$45,513
Austin$46,027
El Paso$40,872
Fort Worth$45,532
Arlington$45,458
Corpus Christi$43,242
Plano$46,216
Garland$46,316
* Salary information last updated 2019

Schools

The best way you can prepare for your exams as well as for the job itself is to finish an official HVAC training program.

These programs will make you become a valuable asset to any company. You will get theoretical and practical knowledge.

Here is a table of schools that offer approved HVAC training programs in Texas:

55 Top HVAC Schools in Texas

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Anthem College - Houston70 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 77090
Lincoln College of Technology2501 East Arkansas Lane, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Amarillo College-Industrial Maintenance Technology Angelina Community College1502 B. Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79111 PO Box 1768, Lufkin, TX 75902
Austin Community College5930 Middle Fiskville, Austin, TX 78752
Brazosport College500 College Drive, Lake Jackson, TX 77566
Capital City Trade & Tech205 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78704
Career Centers of TX-Brownsville1900 N. Expressway, Brownsville, TX 78521
Central Texas CollegePO Box 1800, Killeen, TX 76540
Cisco Junior College717 E Industrial Blvd., Abilene, TX 79602
Coastal Bend College1411 Bensdale, Pleasanton, TX 78102
College of the Mainland1200 Amburn, Texas City, TX 77591
Construction Education Foundation1401-A Royal Lane, DFW Airport, TX 75261
Del Mar College401 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
Eastfield College/DCCCD3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite, TX 75150
El Paso Community CollegePO Box 20500, El Paso, TX 79998
Everest College | Train to be an HVAC Technician300 Six Flags Dr #100, Arlington (Mid-Cities), Austin, Houston and San Antonio, TX 76011
Fortis Institute | HVAC Training450 N. Sam Houston Parkway E, Suite 200, Houston, TX 77060
Frank Phillips College1301 W. Roosevelt, Broger, TX 79008
Galveston College-HVAC4102 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550
Grayson County College-West Campus6101 Grayson Drive, Denison, TX 75020
Hill CollegePO Box 1899, Cleburne, TX 76033
Houston Community College-Central College1300 Holman, Houston, TX 77004
HVAC Career Training CenterMultiple Locations in Texas, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, TX 75201
HVAC Training Center15424 Mound, Hockley, TX 77447
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Kilgore College1100 Broadway, Longview, TX 75662
Lamar Institute of Technology855 East Lavaca, Beaumont, TX 77705
Lamar State College/PA1500 Procter Street, Port Arthur, TX 77640
Laredo Community CollegeWest End Washington St., Laredo, TX 78040
Lee CollegePO Box 818, Baytown, TX 77522
Lindsey-Cooper Refrigeration School815 S. Beltline Road, Irving, TX 75060
Midland College3600 North Garfield, Midland, TX 79705
National Institute of Technology9100 US Hwy 290 East, Bldg 1 #100, Austin, TX 78754
National Institute of Technology6550 First Park Ten Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78213
North Central Texas College1525 W. California Street, Gainesville, TX 76240
North Harris County College2700 W Thorne Road, Houston, TX 77073
North Lake College-DCCCD201 W. University, Odessa, TX 79764
Paris Junior College2400 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460
Professional Career Training Institute227 W. Airtex Drive, Houston, TX 77090
San Antonio College of Medical & Dental Assistants7142 San Pedro Avenue #100, San Antonio, TX 78216
San Jacinto College13735 Beamer Road, Houston, TX 77346
South Plains College1401 College Avenue, Levelland, TX 79336
South Texas CollegePO Box 9701, McAllen, TX 78502
Southwest Texas Junior College2401 Garner Field Road, Uvalde, TX 78801
St. Phillips College-Southwest Campus800 Quintana Road, San Antonio, TX 78211
Tarrant County College-South Campus5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76119
Texas State Technical College300 College Drive, Sweetwater, TX 79556
Texas State Technical College/Waco3801 Campus Drive, Waco, TX 76705
Trinity Valley Community College100 Cardinal Drive, Palestine, TX 75801
Tyler Junior College1327 S. Baxter Street, Tyler, TX 75701
Vernon College-Skills Training Center2813 Central Expressway E, Wichita Falls, TX 76302
Victoria College2200 E. Red River, Victoria, TX 77901
Western Technical Institute1000 Texas Avenue, El Paso, TX 79901
Wharton County Junior College911 Boling Hwy, Wharton, TX 77488

Conclusion

If you were waiting for the perfect timing to start your HVAC career, this is it.

The job market is excellent and the number of jobs is only expected to grow.

The jobs pay more than the national average.

The only thing you should do to be a top-earning technician is to invest a bit of hard work, money and time.

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