What is HVAC?
HVAC stands for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning.
How Long is The HVAC Program?
This program is 283 clock hours. The program consists of 78 classroom hours and 205 lab hours. This is accomplished from 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday. It will take 6 weeks to complete the program. There are classes starting every 4-5 weeks throughout the calendar year. To find out more about our program, check out our program overview.
How Much Does It Cost?
The total cost for the program includes all learning materials: 6 week HVAC training program, iPad Mini loaded with mobile curriculum, professional tool kit with back pack, catered breakfast and lunch, $175 weekly dinner allowance, and student services with job placement assistance. The program can be paid for by usage of GI Benefits, scholarships, financial aid, cash/credit card or a combination of any of these. This follows our core belief that teaching someone this trade will change their life and offer job security. The tuition cost is a small amount compared to the earning potential in a field with such a high projection of growth over the next 20 years. For more information, and to find out the exact cost of your tuition, visit our Financial Aid page
What Skills/Qualifications Are Necessary to Enroll in The Program?
No prior HVAC experience is required! Students must be 18 years of age, have High School Diploma or GED, must have the ability to speak, read and write in English, and must complete all admissions paperwork, and financial aid paperwork if necessary. Prospective students will not be denied admission on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, age or veteran status (except where age, sex, or handicap constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to proper and efficient administration).
If I have a DUI or other background issues, can I work in the HVAC field?
Having background issues or a DUI does not necessarily disqualify you to work and be successful in this program. However, each state has different HVAC licensing requirements. Please check your state’s HVAC licensing requirements.
Who is hiring in your area?
Retail Ready Career Center has established alliances with contractors nationwide. We encourage all of our students to get online and perform a Google search to learn of HVAC companies in your area as well. Too see who is hiring in your area, or if there are any techs looking for work near your location, check out our Hire a Tech page.
When will I meet my Placement Counselor?
Your placement counselor will reach out to you right after you enroll. In most instances you will meet your Placement Counselor face to face for the first time on Day 1 of class, but if you’d like, we would love to video chat with you before you arrive. Job placement assistance begins immediately upon enrollment. For more information about how we can help you get employed, check out our Job Placement Assistance page.
Do I have to participate in the program to receive job placement assistance?
Yes. We only offer job placement assistance to those who have successfully completed or are in the process of successfully completing training.
Can I be placed in a job if I am not a Texas native?
Job placement occurs nation wide. If the contractors are in other states outside of Texas, the interviews are conducted via Skype and over the phone. Many contractors come to our school to conduct face to face interviews, but most face to face interviews are set up before you leave the program for the first week after you arrive home. To get more information on job openings or technicians in your area, check out our Hire a Tech page.
Do you have someone assist with resume writing?
Yes, we have trained professionals that will utilize your experience to create a resume appealing to contractors. You will be given an editable copy of your resume for your personal use.
When do I get my $175?
Students are given $175 cash each Monday while in the program to cover evening dinner. Breakfast and lunch are provided on campus.
Why is my iPad locked and when will it become unlocked?
The students’ iPads remain lock in efforts to ensure students are navigating appropriate content while maintaining focus on the program. Freely searching the internet can become a major distraction to the overall purpose of the course. iPads become unlocked upon completion or exit of the program and you take them with you.
How would I get to Saturday school?
Each student is responsible for making travel arrangements to attend Saturday school if they require make up hours or want to take part in tutoring or more hands on lab time. Many of our students will carpool, as some students live locally and have cars at the hotel, or they will call a cab or an Uber.
What is the dress code?
A vast majority of our Student population are military veterans. A vital ingredient of the military’s strength and effectiveness is the pride and self-discipline that our Students as American Soldiers bring to their Service through a conservative military image. At all times all Students are to present a professional and personal appearance as well as grooming. Facial hair should be appropriately trimmed and facial jewelry must be removed during Lab exercises. Standards regarding jewelry or any other items that may be a safety hazard is prohibited. The main objective is to maintain uniformity and to avoid an extreme or unprofessional appearance. Leaders at all levels must exercise good judgment when interpreting and enforcing this policy.
It is the responsibility of Retail Ready Career Center’s administration to ensure the Students are adhering to the dress code consisting of a neat and soldierly appearance; therefore, preparing our Students for potential job interviews, contractor visits and most importantly the workforce. Retail Ready Career Center has specific dress code guidelines, and it will be at the discretion of the School’s Administration to determine compliance of this policy. Violation of the specific prohibitions and requirements set forth in this policy may be punishable by grade penalty and any additional disciplinary actions deemed reasonable by RRCC School’s Administration.
Every Student will be issued School shirts. RRCC expects that each Student will appropriately wear these shirts daily with long jeans or cargo pants, a belt at waist level and no shorts of any kind. The shirts will be laundered each week on a specific day. At that time, the Students will be given clean shirts for the following week. This process is repeated each week for the duration of the program. Dress code violations include but are not limited to:
- open toe shoes, sandals, slippers, flip-flops
- short sleeve shirts
- wearing of hats, baseball caps, hoodies, bandanas in class
- visible undergarments, even when seated
- athletic wear including gym shorts, jerseys, wind/jogging suits, etc.
The Students are expected to meet the following standards or guidelines with respect to personal grooming and hygiene maintenance:
- consistent bathing and oral hygiene,
- no heavily-scented perfumes, colognes or lotions,
- clean, well-groomed hair; including beards, mustaches, goatees and sideburns (no artificial colors outside the norm),
- clothing or attire must not interfere with the safe operation of duties or equipment,
- no dangling, large hoop jewelry, or gauged ears, which may present a safety hazard, and
- piercings are limited to a maximum of one (1) per ear. Any other visible piercings are prohibited (exceptions will be made where piercings are demanded by religion or culture, or if instructors and staff consider additional piercings not to be distracting or hazardous)
What should I pack?
Although you will receive 8 uniform T-shirts, you should pack enough pants, leisure wear and sleep wear for 6 weeks. There are coin operated laundry facilities at each hotel, so you will be able to wash your clothes. Also remember to pack any and all hygiene products (i.e. shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, etc.), medicines and prescriptions or inhalers, electronic accessories (i.e. phone chargers, laptop and chargers, etc.) and any other items you feel necessary for these 6 weeks. You are NOT allowed to bring guns or any other weapon with you whilst in attendance of the program. If you have forgotten anything once you arrive, hygiene kits are available for purchase (contact a Student Services Representative) or you can go to the nearest convenience store. PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for all personal items brought with you to the program both while you are in the hotel and while you are on campus. We will assist in anyway we can if an incident does occur, but we are not responsible for the security of your personal items.
What is a welcome kit and when should I expect to receive one?
We send welcome kits to each new student starting 4 weeks from your scheduled start date. If you enroll within 4 weeks of your start date, your welcome kit will be sent out the day you enroll or first thing the next business day. Welcome kits contain one uniform T-shirt and valuable information regarding our campus, program and the Dallas area.
Can I bring a buddy?
We would love to enroll any and everyone willing and able to participate in the program. Speak to your student services representative about spouses and/or children coming with you if that is absolutely necessary. However, remember that this is not a 6-week vacation. This is an intense 6-week training program. We do not allow friends to accompany you to Dallas and stay in your hotel with you.
When will I meet my Student Services counselor?
A Student Services representative will contact you within 3 business days of your enrollment by phone. Student Services will coordinate and book your travel and hotel stay beginning 4 weeks from your scheduled start date. For more information regarding Student Services go to our Student Services page