The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating

The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating Chris Walters opened The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating in May.[/caption]

As the population and construction boom continues in the Greater Houston area, so does the need for contractors. Chris Walters, owner of Extreme Air Conditioning Services, recognized that need and opened The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating in May.

"I think we're on the spearhead of [the growth]," Walters said. "It's a huge need and it's predicted to last up until 2020."

Although the instructional school held residential air conditioning courses in May and August, Walters said enrollment has been slow. He is trying to increase enrollment for the January course because students will graduate in April when contractors are hiring.

The course is taught four nights per week for 14 weeks, Walters said. Graduates receive a certificate, a letter from Walters and a list of contractors. Graduates are hired quickly.

"I call it the ABCs of air conditioning," he said. "I start like you walk in here and you don't know anything about air conditioning. I just assume you don't—even if you do—because I want to teach you the right way."

In February or March, Walters said he hopes to begin offering one-day helper courses for students wanting to help technicians as well as individual seminars for technicians who need to improve in specific areas. He also hopes to offer on-site training in the future.

By Matt Stephens
Matt Stephens joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2012. A Tomball native and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Matt joined as a reporter for The Woodlands team before being promoted to help launch the Spring | Klein edition in spring of 2014 and later to North Houston managing editor in late 2015. He has served as managing editor to the Phoenix and Nashville papers since August 2020.