Arizona HVAC Training

Arizona is a hot place. Arizona can be a cold place as well. There is one education that is never going to become unpopular in our great state, and that is the guy with HVAC training, who keeps the house warm in the winter and cold in the summer. For a lot of people in the country, keeping the weather good and comfortable is desirable so they can spend a nice afternoon, or sleep better. For us having the temperature right can be a matter of life and death.

With 114 thousand square miles, with most of it desert and mountains, we have a lot of terrain to keep hot or cold.

The HVAC Schools in Arizona

The HVAC education and training requirements in Arizona are diverse and offer multiple options for people interested in the industry. There are currently 9 schools in the state that provide this type of training. These schools combined produce over 500 graduates per year. Choosing the appropriate HVAC licensing and certification in Arizona is another story.

The locations of most of the HVAC schools are in the Phoenix metropolitan area, with a few others scattered around the state. HVAC salary information in Arizona upon degree completion is also available and depends on a multitude of factors.

HVAC School Listings in Arizona

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Cochise College in Douglas Arizona

4190 W Highway 80
Douglas, AZ 85607
(520) 515-0500
http://www.cochise.edu

The tuition and fees for Cochise College for an HVAC education is right in the middle of the road for the state.
In-state  $1,680 per year
Out-of-state $6,960 per year
Books and supplies  $1,000 per year

Arizona Automotive Institute

6829 N 46th Ave
Glendale, AZ, 85301

(800) 528-0717
http://www.aai.edu

The estimated fees for their course is $24,000.

Mohave Community College

1971 Jagerson Ave
Kingman, AZ 86409
(928) 757-4331
http://www.mohave.edu

The tuition at Mohave Community College as expected from a community college, tends to be affordable for most students.

In-state $2,016
Out-of-state $7,488
Books and supplies $810

East Valley Institute of Technology

1601 W Main St
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 461-4000
http://www.evit.com

East Valley Institute, being a private organization, has the expected higher fees that go along with it. The nice end though is that usually when there is a public school involved for a technical school, the wait time to get accepted, and get started is usually much better.

Tuition and fees $11,069
Books and supplies  $771

GateWay Community College

108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 392-5000
http://www.gwc.maricopa.edu

Again with Gateway you get the public university pricing for an HVAC school, but may run into more competition getting into the seat that first day of class.

Tuition and fees
In-state $1,854
Out-of-state $7,638
Books and supplies $1,240

Refrigeration School Inc

4210 E Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 275-7133
http://refrigerationschool.com

Again the fees for this school are higher than the rest of the state in general, so make sure to investigate to make sure you are getting value for the extra debt you will be going into, going to this school to start the trade. Before signing up for a private HVAC organization like this, I would ask some of the A/C and Heating techs in the field for their opinion.

Tuition and fees $18,150
Books and supplies $1,535

Eastern Arizona College

615 N. Stadium Ave.
Thatcher, AZ 85552
(928) 428-8322
http://www.eac.edu

Students in the Thatcher area will benefit from a public school education that won’t set them back financially before they start school

Tuition and fees
In-state $1,760
Out-of-state $8,360
Books and supplies $850

Pima Community College

401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85709
(520) 206-4500
http://www.pima.edu

Another fine public institution to get your heat and cool on!

Tuition and fees
In-state  $1,652
Out-of-state  $7,784
Books and supplies $1,600

Arizona Western College

2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
(928) 317-6000
http://www.azwestern.edu

Tuition and fees
In-state $2,360
Out-of-state $7,687
Books and supplies $1,449

All of these prices were accurate as best as we could determine for these schools at January 2013. If you have first hand information about any of the pricing, or other information about these schools, we would love you to contact us and keep the area clean and accurate. We don’t want any sand blowing onto our page.

Employment Details and Pay

At our last check, according to The Department of Labor, there were about 4,990 men and women employed in the business of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning business in Arizona. Of those, 3,460 are employed in the Mesa and Phoenix metropolitan areas.

Across the state, the average pay for those in the industry is right around $49,000. For those who work in the big city, the pay is a little higher coming in at just under $52,000 if you work in Phoenix or Mesa.

This comes out to $24.96 per hour for those in the Phoenix area.

For those who do this same work in Tuscon, the average HVAC salary is $42,520 which is a very significant difference in pay compared to those fixing A/C units in Phoenix. This is $20.44 per hour as compared to the $5 more you would get per hour working in Phoenix.

Havasu Area

Those doing the same job in the Havasu area come in at $44,130, which is probably kept up due to the outside tourism money that pours into this little area.

Yuma HVAC workers pay

Yuma workers get paid  $19.47 hour and $40,510 annually. This is a much lower cost area to live. I am still surprised, after staying in Yuma recently, that they don’t have to pay more to keep people motivated to stay in Yuma. With an education like this, you can find a job in most places in the world, so I would have expected a much higher pay would be needed to keep people in Yuma. Yuma does have a surprising and fun little skatepark though where I met a Native American who leads a group of running Native Americans who do long runs across the southwest.

Pay Rates in Other Parts of Arizona

Flagstaff, AZ: $20.58 hour  $42,810 annual
Prescott, AZ: $20.16 hour  $41,930 annual
Next NON-METROPOLITAN AREAS
North Arizona Non-metro: $19.69  $40,960
South Arizona Non-metro: $16.09  $33,470

There is a consistent pattern in this with the areas with a larger population making more than those in the less dense areas, with of course the exception of Havasu.