West Virginia HVAC Training
West Virginia HVAC Training
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia is essentially a mountainous state. Though the elevations and rough terrain temper down near the Ohio and Shenandoah rivers, the climate in the state is frequently subject to change. Summers in the south are largely warm and humid and the winters are cool, though the elevation can make some areas vulnerable to extreme cold. So how exactly does this help someone who has just graduated out of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) school? You guessed right. Heating and cooling both residential and commercial spaces in the State of West Virginia is a basic necessity. There is, therefore, a high demand for professionals who can install, modify, repair and maintain heating, cooling and air conditioning equipment.
If you live in the State of West Virginia and are interested in learning new skills and making a career in the HVAC industry, you’ll find all the information you need on this page.
HVAC Schools in West Virginia
There are numerous HVAC education and training programs available for professionals in the State of West Virginia. At the present moment, there are eight institutions that offer HVAC training programs for high school students and adults.
Typically, students enroll into a certificate, diploma or degree program that may span anywhere between 11 months and 2 years. Upon completion of the program, graduates can begin working on HVAC systems and equipment under the supervision of an HVAC licensed contractor. To obtain an HVAC license a person must meet the licensing and certification requirements stipulated by the West Virginia Division of Labor.
HVAC schools in West Virginia are located primarily in the Charleston and Huntington regions, with a couple of schools located in Martinsburg and a community college up north in Wheeling/New Martinsville. Following is a list of HVAC schools in the Mountain State.
Ben Franklin Career & Technical Education Center
500 28th St
Charleston, WV 25304
Located in Charleston in the heart of Kanawha Valley off the interstate 64, this school offers full-time evening courses as well as half-day courses for adults and high school students. The following prices are based on 1320 clock hours of training at Ben Franklin.
Books and Supplies: $415
Lab Fee: $475
Miscellaneous fees: $180
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
13650 Apple Harvest Dr
Martinsburg, WV 25403
This school, located in Martinsburg towards the far east of the state, offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Applied Technology at a fairly competitive price. The schools is also reasonably accommodative towards transfer of credits; a cost-effective way to seeking higher qualifications.
Per Credit hour
West Virginia Students: $143
Out-of-State Students: $258
Students currently in high school are eligible for reduced tuition rates.
Cabell County Career Technology Center
2850 5th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25702
Cabell County School’s Career Technology Center offers certificate courses in HVAC for adults and high school students. Class sizes may be limited, so be sure to check in early to take advantage of the favorably priced 1-year HVAC Technician program or the 8-month HVAC Technician Advanced program.
HVAC Technician program:
Lab Fee: $700.00
Tests: $50.00 each
HVAC Technician Advanced program (prior HVAC certification necessary):
Lab Fee: $600.00
Tests: $50.00 each
Carver Career & Technical Center
4799 Midland Dr
Charleston, WV 25306
One of the biggest benefits of attending the adult or secondary HVAC programs at this school is the access to the WVDE Simulated WorkPlace. A hands-on approach to the inner workings of an HVAC company won’t set you back by much either.
HVAC Technology Program (Adult): $5,897 (all inclusive)
HVAC Technology (Secondary): $2,687 (plus $500 for tools)
James Rumsey Technical Institute
3274 Hedgesville Rd
Martinsburg, WV 25403
The HVAC/R program run by James Rumsey is specially designed for adult students. There are four major units of study on offer with an equally divided emphasis on theory and lab and in-class projects. The undergraduate certificate program is completed in two semesters and is fairly inexpensive with regards to overall program costs.
Total Cost In-State (including books, fees and tools): $4,861
Total Cost Out-of-State (including books, fees and tools): $5,121
Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center
144 Vocational Road
Logan, WV 25601
Located on the Three Mile Curve between Man and Logan, Ralph R. Willis offers programs tailor made for high school students from the Chapmanville Regional High, Man High, and Logan High schools. Adult programs are also available. The latest costs for attending the HVAC program for the 2015/16 academic year can be obtained by contacting the school directly.
West Virginia Northern Community College
1704 Market St
Wheeling, WV 26003
An Associate in Applied Science Degree from a well-known institute like WVNCC will not only help you land a job right out of college, but it can also prepare you to manage your HVAC career more effectively. The program can be taken at both the Wheeling and the New Martinsville Campus, though the former is better equipped with lab and on-the-job training facilities. An early-entrance rate offered by WVNCC also makes it a highly affordable option.
Estimated totals for 12 to 18 credits per semester
In-state rate: $1,395
Out-of-sate rate: $4,143
Metro rate: $2,967
Early-entrance rate: $1,203
Putnam Career & Technical Center
300 Roosevelt Blvd
Eleanor, WV 25070
Located not far from the bustling city of Charleston, West Virginia, Putnam Career and Technical Center offers a range of options to students enrolled in their HVAC program. Tuition is calculated at the rate of $2.75 per clock hour, and the program requires approximately 1,080 hours over a two-year period.
36 weeks (full-time student) 1080 hours: $2,970
(Not including supplies & materials, lab fees, safety equipment, exam and registration fees, etc.)
Employment and Pay
According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, at least 1,360 people were employed in the HVAC industry in the State of West Virginia at the end of 2014. The average pay for an HVAC professional in the state is approximately $36,000 with an average hourly pay of $17. HVAC salaries in terms of the annual and average hourly pay rates differ depending on the county or city where you are located.
Pay rates in one of the most densely populated areas in the state, Charleston, for instance, stand at $21 per hour, which translates to roughly $43,000 in annual income. This is the highest pay rate in the state, which in a way also indicates that the demand for HVAC professionals is the highest in Kanawha County.
Wheeling in Ohio County and the Hagerstown-Martinsburg area have nearly the same hourly rate as Charleston, while Huntington and Morgantown have an hourly pay rate of $17, the same as the state’s average.
Some other areas in the state along with their hourly and annual wage information are as below:
Parkersburg: $16 per hour and $33,000 per year.
Cumberland: $19 per hour and $40,000 per year.
Steubenville-Weirton: $18 per hour and $38,000 per year.
Winchester: $20 per hour and $42,000 per year.