If you're interested in becoming an HVAC professional or are currently employed by a licensed HVAC company, train to become a licensed journeyperson through Harford's partnership with the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland.
Well-trained, reliable technicians are in constant demand in the industry. Successfully complete this program and you'll be able to apply for and be granted a HVAC journeyperson license from the Maryland Department of Labor without taking the exam. This program is a four-year curriculum that gives credit for on-the-job and classroom training. Applications must be submitted by August for a September start date.
Apprenticeship completion certificate upon successful completion of the program. This certificate enables students to apply for and is granted a State HVAC journeyperson license without taking the exam.
TIME TO COMPLETE
In-classroom instruction is two evenings per week or 160 total hours each of the four years of the program; on-the-job training is 2,000 hours each year of the four years of the program (8,000 total hours).
Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED® and have reliable transportation.
This is a hands-on training program. As part of the course curriculum students are trained to specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration systems. Work may include installing, servicing and repairing heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments. Apprenticeships usually begin by assisting experienced technicians with such tasks as carrying materials, insulating refrigerant lines, or cleaning furnaces. In time, apprentices will move on to more difficult tasks such as cutting and soldering pipes and checking electrical and electronic circuits.
What can I do when I complete this program?
Upon successful completion of this program, your journeyperson certificate increases your marketability as an HVAC Technician and qualifies you to earn a journeyperson's wage. HVAC journeyperson licenses are issued through the State of Maryland. Students may continue training to become a Master Technician and possibly own their own business. They also have the option to enroll in a Harford Community College degree program and transfer up to 21 college credit hours towards an associate degree.
An HVAC Technician, or a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician, installs and repairs air quality systems. Their main duties include locating and diagnosing maintenance problems on equipment, conducting warranty services and performing emergency repairs.
An increased demand for technicians, and the retirement age of technicians in the current workforce, creates strong prospects for employment opportunities.