HVAC Apprenticeship

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Working as an HVAC technician, there are many varied roles and responsibilities that accompany this career. To begin, a licensed HVAC contractor must hire a pre-apprentice before starting an HVAC apprenticeship. Much like other regulated apprenticeships, for this Ontario apprenticeship, the process will take 4-5 years as all HVAC apprentices are required to accumulate 9,000 working hours on the job site and another 36 of additional apprenticeship training. Once this is completed to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University’s standard, HVAC apprentices’ are now able to write their journeyman licensing exam.

Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems are known as HVAC or HVACR. An HVAC system allows building residents to provide a comfortable, climate controlled environment. HVAC systems consist of hundreds of electrical, electronic, and mechanical parts. Depending upon the day, an HVAC technician may be:

  • Maintaining a system, diagnosing and repairing problems, or installing and replacing components or entire systems.
  • Installation of HVAC units, including electronic and mechanical components
  • Installation of HVAC ductwork including flexible tubing and sheet metal construction
  • Troubleshoot and repair HVAC units including electronic and mechanical components
  • Install or repair fuel and water supply lines
  • Conserve, install and recycle CFC and HCFC refrigerants
  • Install or repair electrical connections to HVAC components
  • Install or repair HVAC system automation components for businesses

Depending upon the season, HVAC technicians will perform additional maintenance or upgrades on out of season equipment. For example, in the summer, heating systems will undergo performance checks and regular maintenance to ensure their readiness for the winter. Conversely, air conditioning systems will be dealt with in the winter.

It is important that HVAC technicians also have good working knowledge of the principles, practices, materials, tools, and equipment of refrigeration, air conditioning, and/or heating equipment operation, for their proper maintenance, and repair. Therefore, HVAC specialists must have the skill-set to troubleshoot and repair all HVAC related electrical components (i.e. motors, starters, etc.). Ultimately, this relates to have the ability to locate and correct defects in refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, or related equipment. Moreover, these trades workers should have skill in the use and operation of tools and equipment used in the repair and maintenance of mechanical equipment.

HVAC journeymen can also earn a Red Seal endorsement after obtaining their Certificates of Qualification (CoQ) working in the trade for over 2 years.  By passing the Interprovincial Examination and earning the Red Seal, this gives these trade professionals the qualifications necessary to work in all provinces and territories without further examination. Currently, there are 52 trades currently recognized under the Red Seal program in Canada. Ultimately, an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal can be obtained in the trades designated as Red Seal by:

  1. Graduating from a recognized provincial or territorial apprenticeship training program; or
    1. Meeting requirements established by the provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority; or
    2. Having the time and experience working in a Red Seal trade assessed to qualify to write the Red Seal examination.
    3. Passing the interprovincial standards Red Seal examination for that trade.

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  3. thank you for all these informations
    I got G2 and OBT2 license after one year training as HVAC technician on La Cité Collegiale Ottawa ON. I wish now to known went I will start to work, if I will work lake technician or an apprentice.
    Sincerely

    1. With a G2 license you would be considered a Gas Technician. Apprenticeships in Ontario relate to careers in the trades such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC as they require a license to work in this industry; you must first work as an apprentices before you can challenge the license (CofQ) exam.

      For job opportunities in the skilled trades, we encourage you to check out http://www.4openshop.ca and register as a job seeker. If you require pre-apprenitceship training to help pursue your career in the trades, check us out online at http://www.patinstitute.ca or call 1-88-728-1037!

  4. i have my G3, would like to get into the trade to gain some experience,then write the G2 test. how do i go adout getting a start with a company?

    1. Hey Kelvin,

      Check out the Merit job board program at http://www.4openshop.ca to see great opportunities with hiring companies in the construction skilled trades! If you want more information please check out the Merit Ontario Skilled Trade Open House hosted by the PAT Institute on Wednesday December 5 at 6:30! Just call 1-888-501-9272 to register a seat

  5. I have my G2 , and register for 313A exam at ministry of education , can you help me what material can I used for exam( book or CD) or any school for preparation the exam.
    Thanks

    1. Check out the CSA site they may have Apprentice and C of Q preparation materials and I believe they are free.

    1. To be successful in the apprenticeship our recommendation is grade 12, however if you take a per-apprenticeship program supported by industry the required math components will be included in the training so you have the required academic skills. Visit http://www.clac-apprenticeship.ca

    2. Skilled trades typically require a high school education as well as proper skilled trade experience from industry trainers. Check out the PAT Institute Open House to learn more information on HVAC apprenticeships and to get a better understanding of the criteria required to begin a career as a skilled trade professional. To register online visit http://www.patinstitute.ca

  6. Hi,
    Thanks for the useful information. I have my G2 and ODP and some HRAI certificates. I completed HVAC training in Toronto. I am currently employed as a helper installing residential equipments(re-re). Can you tell me what steps I would require to become an apprentice and if I stand a good chance at becoming one. I want to keep learning while still working, which is why I’m really interested in an apprenticeship.
    Thank you.

    1. Based on the experience you have with your employer I would speak to your employer to register you. If the employer is unable or unwilling to register you I recommend you register as a jobseeker on http://www.4openshop.ca. Hope this helps.

    2. The first and most important step to beginning an apprenticship in Ontario is attaining proper training the refelcts an industry standard. As you already have experience as an HVAC technician, the next step will be to find a licensed HVAC professional who is able to hiring you as an apprentices – the apprenticeship for the HVAC trade is 4-5 years as you will need to accumulate 9,000 working hours as well as an additional 36 weeks of apprenticeship training in school. Check out the Merit Job Board at http://www.4openshop.ca to see all the jobs currently available in the construction skilled trades. If you have any question, please call us at 1-888-728-0137!!

  7. I am willing to enter into a trade, and am interested in doing HVAC. And I was hoping you could hire me as pre-apprentice, or show me a website or company I can go and get hired as pre-apprentice?
    Thank you

  8. My boyfriend is interested in becoming an HVAC technician, he wants to do an apprenticeship but needs more information. He hasn’t gone to school for it as yet, does he need to have a license to become accepted in an HVAC apprenticeship or can he start it without a license? And is it better to complete HVAC at school then start an apprenticeship or just go into an apprenticeship?
    And do the rules change for different provinces, like Alberta, since that’s an area of interest for him as well.

    1. The average age of an apprentice in Ontario is 30 years old. Age is not a factor when considering an apprenticeship.More important, do you like the work.

  9. Im currently working in aviation sector but i want to be also a HVAC technician, and im looking for any part time study, what are the options that i need to do? is taking a program from PCDI online study will qualify me to take any certification exams for HVAC. By the way i have an electronics and electrical background..

    1. An online program might be able to get your ready for an apprenticeship but the only way to take the certification exams in Ontario is to complete the apprenticeship process. That said, learning with an industry standard training facility might be more advantageous then learning about the trade online. Check out http://www.patinstitute.ca to understand more about pre-apprenticeship training and how training with the PAT Institute can put you in demand with skilled trade professionals.

  10. Thank you for your posting.
    I am looking for HVAC technicial job as an apprenticeship.
    I just got Gas Fitter 2 License, ODP card, and Heat loos gain calculation sertificate.
    Please contact me if you have any good information for me

    1. With your skills and experience, we recommend that you visit the Merit Ontario job board program at http://www.4openshop.ca. It is an industry job board where many contractors throughout the province actively recruit new potential apprentices for their business.

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