Interplay Learning, the leader in online training for skilled trades, has announced a new partnership with the Air Conditioning Trade Association (ACTA), a non-profit, contractor-member association serving free enterprise non-union HVAC, Mechanical and Service Contractors, to offer a hybrid HVAC Service Tech Training Program for students pursuing HVAC careers without previous experience. By combining Interplay’s virtual courses with in-person instruction at ACTA’s facility, ACTA will provide students with a flexible, hybrid learning approach that helps them pursue entry-level trades careers.
Interplay Learning’s online training courses and hands-on simulations are the core component of ACTA’s recently launched two-year HVAC Service Tech program, giving students access to a comprehensive training curriculum anytime, anywhere. The program aims to prepare inexperienced HVAC students with the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in entry-level roles by combining expert-led video courses, interactive 3D simulation training, online classroom lessons, and technical labs. In addition, students will graduate from the program with a vital industry certification for HVAC professionals: EPA 608.
Speaking on the partnership, the Training Director of the Air Conditioning Trade Association, Duke Diltz, said:
We’re pleased to partner with Interplay Learning to offer this hybrid training program. The HVAC industry needs more technicians, and we want to prepare young, tech-savvy students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed by offering the technology they want to engage with. This program will give them a solid foundation in the fundamentals of HVAC while providing them with the innovative hands-on experience they need to get a head start on excelling in their careers.
The program, designed to attract and engage the digital-first generation, provides students with 24/7 access to various interactive online courses covering electrical, refrigeration, heating, and air distribution systems. Using laptops, tablets, or VR headsets, students can safely practice their skills using Interplay’s “field-like” simulations, building their confidence before interacting with equipment in the lab.
Headquartered in Austin, Interplay Learning offers scalable and practical training for the actual skilled trades that helps business leaders, educators, and their teams build better companies, careers and lives. Its immersive online and VR training platform for HVAC, plumbing, electrical, solar, hospitality, multifamily maintenance and facilities maintenance workforces includes expert-led video courses, hands-on 3D simulations, knowledge checks and custom learning paths to upskill advanced technicians. It helps new technicians be job-ready in weeks, not years.
Chief Executive Officer of Interplay Learning, Doug Donovan, added:
We are excited to support ACTA in preparing their students to join the next generation of HVAC professionals. Our partnership represents a unique opportunity to provide a comprehensive training program that combines the convenience and flexibility of online learning with the hands-on experience and industry certifications necessary to succeed in the HVAC industry.
ACTA provides state- and federally-approved training programs such as the Sheet Metal Apprenticeship Program and Service Technician Training for contractor employees and individuals in the HVAC industry. Since 1972, the company has been committed to promoting free enterprise, fair and open competition, less government, increased quality training opportunities, and awarding contracts to the lowest responsible bidder. It offers HVAC Sheet Metal classes, Service Technician classes, and EPA Certification testing to assist contractors in creating a competitive workforce with well-trained employees.