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Comparing the Top 5 HVAC Business Training Programs | Contractor University

Comparing the Top 5 HVAC Business Training Programs

The importance of consistent training cannot be overstated in the dynamic and ever-evolving HVAC industry.

While many HVAC business owners enter the industry as experts in specific technical aspects, the breadth and depth of knowledge required to run a successful HVAC business encompass myriad areas beyond mere technical expertise.

The landscape of HVAC technology, regulations, and customer expectations is constantly evolving, which means business owners should view training on these topics as an ongoing process of education and skill development rather than a one-time expense.

A robust training program not only enhances the individual capabilities of HVAC professionals but also elevates the overall value proposition of the company.

Moreover, consistent training serves as a strategic buffer against the challenges posed by fluctuations in workforce talent. In an industry where the demand for skilled technicians often outpaces the supply, companies may find themselves compelled to hire individuals with varying levels of expertise. However, by prioritizing ongoing training, businesses can bridge skill gaps, cultivate a culture of excellence, and ensure that every member of the team contributes to the company’s success.

Today, we will explore the top five leading HVAC business training programs that cater to the diverse needs of HVAC professionals.

From technical proficiency to business acumen, these training platforms offer comprehensive solutions to help HVAC professionals stay at the forefront of the industry and deliver exceptional service to their customers.

Contractor University Powered by EGIA

Contractor University, powered by EGIA, stands out as a premier HVAC business training platform, offering a comprehensive suite of resources and educational opportunities tailored to the needs of HVAC professionals.

With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Contractor University provides a dynamic learning environment that empowers contractors to elevate their skills, expand their knowledge, and achieve their business goals.

Here’s a breakdown of the key features and offerings of Contractor University:

  • Cracking the Code streaming series: Contractor University’s flagship program, Cracking the Code serves as a valuable resource for HVAC professionals seeking insights, strategies, and best practices for success in the industry. Hosted by industry experts and successful business owners, this streaming series covers a wide range of topics, including business management, marketing strategies, customer service excellence, and technical innovations.
  • Resource Library: Contractor University boasts a vast resource library featuring hundreds of articles authored by leading experts and accomplished business owners in the HVAC industry. From industry trends and regulatory updates to marketing tactics and operational strategies, this extensive repository of knowledge provides contractors with valuable insights and actionable advice to enhance their business performance.
  • Comprehensive Online Courses: Contractors have access to comprehensive, self-paced online courses covering every aspect of operating a successful HVAC business. Topics covered include financial management, human resources, sales techniques, customer relationship management, mindset, marketing & lead generation, and more.
  • Training Events: Contractor University hosts live training events each month with an array of different HVAC business experts presenting and training on relevant topics. The events allow Contractor University members to ask questions directly to the experts that make much of the content for Contractor University’s resource library. These events take place in major cities all over the US as demand dictates, and many can also be attended virtually. Topics include marketing, service agreements, financing, leadership, tax strategies and more!
  • 1-on-1 Business Coaching: Contractor University offers personalized business coaching sessions, providing contractors with individualized guidance and support to address specific challenges and capitalize on growth opportunities. Through these interactive coaching sessions, contractors can receive tailored advice, develop strategic plans, and navigate complex business decisions with confidence. Whether seeking guidance on expanding market reach, optimizing operational efficiency, or enhancing customer satisfaction, Contractor University’s experienced coaches offer invaluable insights and actionable recommendations to help contractors achieve their business objectives.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Many of Contractor University’s classes are eligible for Building Performance Institute’s Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Contractors who earn 30 CEUs through Contractor University’s courses are eligible to bypass BPI’s written recertification exam, saving both time and resources while maintaining their professional certifications.
  • Contractor University’s commitment to excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement makes it a valuable resource for HVAC professionals seeking to enhance their skills, expand their knowledge, and achieve long-term success in the competitive HVAC industry.

    Nexstar Network

    Nexstar Network provides a comprehensive training platform tailored to the needs of HVAC professionals. Here are the key features and offerings:

  • Member-Owned Contracting Network: As a member-owned contracting network, Nexstar Network fosters a collaborative environment where contractors can share insights, best practices, and resources to drive business success collectively.
  • Individualized Coaching: Nexstar Network offers individualized coaching services, providing contractors with personalized guidance, support, and mentorship to address specific challenges and capitalize on growth opportunities. Training Courses: Nexstar Network offers a wide range of training courses covering service, sales, marketing, leadership, and technical skills. These courses are available both online and in person, providing contractors with flexible learning opportunities to enhance their professional development and business acumen.
  • Vendor Partnerships and Rebates: Nexstar Network cultivates partnerships with vendors and suppliers to provide contractors with access to exclusive discounts, rebates, and special offers, helping them save on operational costs and improve profitability.
  • With individualized coaching, comprehensive training courses, a network of industry peers, and valuable vendor partnerships, Nexstar Network equips contractors with the expertise and resources to thrive in the HVAC industry.

    Business Development Resources (BDR)

    Business Development Resources (BDR) offers a comprehensive array of training and coaching solutions tailored to HVAC, plumbing, and electrical businesses. Here’s a breakdown of their key offerings:

  • Profit Coach: BDR’s ‘Profit Coach’ program provides a business coaching model designed to enhance various facets of HVAC, plumbing, and electrical businesses.
  • Emerging Business Academy: For companies with fewer than five employees, BDR’s ‘Emerging Business Academy’ aims to help businesses transition from less than $600,000 in annual revenue to achieving $1 million in annual revenue. This program provides targeted training and resources to empower small businesses to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and achieve sustainable growth.
  • Software Problem Resolutions: BDR assists businesses in resolving software integration challenges, ensuring seamless integration of all business units for improved efficiency and productivity. BDR helps businesses to streamline operations and enhance performance.
  • Through personalized coaching and innovative software solutions, BDR equips businesses with the tools, resources, and support they need to thrive and prosper in the industry.


    Praxis offers services tailored to HVAC businesses, providing them with the tools, strategies, and resources needed to achieve operational excellence and drive business growth.

  • Lifetime One-on-One Strategic Mentoring: Praxis provides lifetime one-on-one strategic mentoring, available for all members of your business to address specific challenges and capitalize on growth opportunities.
  • Complete Business Development Systems and Strategies: Praxis offers complete business development systems and strategies for owners and managers, empowering them to optimize performance, improve efficiency, and achieve long-term success.
  • PRAXIS S-10 10 Pillars of Success: Praxis offers the guide to HVAC operational excellence known as the “PRAXIS S-10 10 Pillars of Success,” providing a framework for achieving business success.
  • Professional Marketing Tools and Systems: Praxis provides turnkey “million-dollar” professional marketing tools, systems, messaging, and techniques to help members attract and retain customers effectively.
  • Technician Recruitment Systems: Praxis offers access to technician recruitment systems and proprietary “green-tech” development programs, helping members build and maintain a skilled workforce.
  • Weekly “Power Hour” Sessions: Praxis hosts weekly “Power Hour” sessions with Jimmy Hiller and Terry Nicholson, providing members with valuable insights, strategies, and advice.
  • Praxis’s comprehensive training and support offerings empower HVAC businesses to achieve operational excellence, drive growth, and succeed in a competitive marketplace. With personalized mentoring, strategic business planning, skill development courses, and access to industry experts and resources, Praxis equips members with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive and prosper in the HVAC industry.

    Service Nation

    Service Nation offers a comprehensive training platform tailored to the needs of HVAC professionals. Here are the key features and offerings:

  • Training Events: Service Nation hosts various events including ‘Success Days,’ Success Hours, Boot Camps, Annual Success Planning Workshops, and both online and in-person business training sessions. These events provide contractors with valuable insights, strategies, and networking opportunities to enhance their business operations and drive growth.
  • Rebates and Discounts: Service Nation offers rebates and discounts through ‘group rates’ with other Service Nation members, providing contractors with cost-saving opportunities and access to exclusive benefits.
  • Idea Exchange: The Idea Exchange serves as an open space for contractors to exchange innovative ideas, share best practices, and collaborate with peers to drive innovation and business success.
  • Mentor Groups: Service Nation facilitates mentor groups, allowing contractors to connect with experienced professionals for guidance, support, and mentorship.
  • Resource Center: Service Nation’s Resource Center includes a wealth of resources such as pre-employment quizzes, social media packs, complete onboarding packets, “Thank You for Your Purchase” business packs, preferred partner directories, and indoor air quality leave-behinds.
  • From educational events and mentorship opportunities to cost-saving benefits and marketing support, Service Nation empowers contractors to thrive and grow their businesses effectively.

    Ready to Work Together?

    Are you ready to take your HVAC business to new heights?

    Now is the time to invest in your own professional development and that of your employees. By prioritizing HVAC training, you not only enhance your own fluency in business acumen but also empower your team to deliver exceptional service and drive business success.

    So, what are you waiting for?

    Take the first step towards enhancing your HVAC business today. Explore the training options available, set goals for yourself and your team, and commit to ongoing education and skill development. Your future success—and the success of your business—depends on it.

    Get started on your HVAC training journey today and unlock the full potential of your business!

    Get the first 30 days of your Contractor University membership free by clicking here to start a free trial.