HVAC Apprenticeship

If you're interested in becoming an HVAC professional or are currently employed by a licensed HVAC company, you can 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.


Program Overview

Credential Earned:

Apprenticeship completion certification upon successful completion of the program. This certificate enables students to apply for and be granted a State HVAC journeyperson license without taking the exam.



Educational Format:

In-classroom with hands-on, on-site training


No. of Classes:

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 



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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?

After completing this program, you will be qualified as an HVAC journeyperson to work as an HVAC technician, inspector, or HVAC business owner.



Average hourly wages of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers in Maryland were $29.26* in 2019. Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to increase 13 percent during the 2018-28 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good.


*Completion of this certificate does not guarantee this wage.


Who Teaches This Program?

This program is taught by experienced industry professionals, such as Master HVAC technicians.




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