Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all applicants must be sponsored by their employer to be eligible for the program. An exception may be made if the applicant is currently in an apprenticeship program

Hybrid education combines the accessibility of online classes with the utility of hands-on training. Our hybrid program brings traditional HVAC/R training into the modern age.

We recognize the desire for convenience and understand the necessity of experience. We designed the program with a typical month consisting of 12 hours of online education and 8 hours of hands-on experience.

The entire ATS Hybrid Program will be spread out over 4 years. This will consist of 960 total contact hours as well as 64 total credit hours.

For Year One, tuition is $5,100. A one-time Technology Fee of $500 will also be assessed in the first year to cover the student laptop, associated software, and the online platform.

The ATS Hybrid Program was designed to accommodate full-time employees.

On an average month, students will go through 12 hours of online course content and attend a single, 8-hour hands-on day at the American Trade School HVAC/R Lab.

The online resources of the course will include an e-textbook, online assignments and quizzes, equipment simulations, and custom video content.

ATS produced over 200 custom videos for the first year alone. These include theory lectures, practical demonstrations with tools and equipment, as well as typical operation and troubleshooting.

The online course format for students will be to read the e-textbook material, watch our custom video series, and then finish with the associated assignments and quizzes prior to attending the lab day.

All lab days will be hosted at American Trade School HVAC/R Lab located at 3939 Industrial Drive, St. Ann, MO 63074.

A written test will be given first to cover the online content for that month. Following the test, an HVAC/R instructor will demonstrate all work to be performed by the students that day. Students can then practice their demonstrations before finally beginning their practical assessment.

No, all necessary course materials will be covered in annual tuition and the one-time Technology Fee.

Yes. Students must wear appropriate work pants and shoes for lab days.

Yes. On lab days, students will be expected to bring all the tools and appropriate safety equipment necessary for that day’s lab. ATS Hybrid instructors will inform students and employers of the lab day content and requirements ahead of time.

Each month, ATS Hybrid instructors will generate progress reports for both the student and the employer.

No, there is no application fee when applying to the ATS Hybrid Program.

Yes, it does. After completing the 4-year ATS Hybrid Program, students will have met the Related Instruction component to complete the apprenticeship program in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

Please note that 7500 hours of On the Job Training (OJT) are also necessary to complete this program.

Today! We currently have 4 start dates scheduled for Year One.

o January 10, 2020.

o April 3, 2020.

o July 10, 2020.

o October 2, 2020.

You can contact us via email at [email protected] or call us at 314-423-1900 if you would like to schedule a campus tour.