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Schools for Aspiring Heating and Cooling Technicians

Heating and cooling technicians, more specifically known as heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration technicians, install and maintain the systems that control the climate of industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

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Students may enroll in diploma, certificate and associate degree programs in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration technology. These programs are available across the U.S. through community and technical colleges.

10 Schools with Heating and Air-conditioning Programs

These schools offer accredited heating and air conditioning programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,496 in-state
$9,739 out-of-state
Austin Community College District Austin, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,550 in-district
$9,210 in-state
$11,340 out-of-state
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,974 in-state
$8,610 out-of-state
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,458 in-state
$9,693 out-of-state
Richland Community College Decatur, IL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,744 in-district
$5,769 in-state
$13,674 out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,426 in-state
$7,366 out-of-state
Lone Star College System The Woodlands, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,504 in-district
$3,184 in-state
$3,544 out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,320 in-district
$2,064 in-state
$4,920 out-of-state
Houston Community College System Houston, TX 2-year, Public Certificate $1,632 in-district
$3,360 in-state
$3,756 out-of-state
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $5,138 in-state
$11,055 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

When choosing a school, prospective students should keep in mind these important considerations:

  • Pay attention to the varied areas of study that can accompany heating and cooling curricula to see which schools offer programs that are of interest to you.
  • Diploma and certificate programs may be offered as semester- or year-long options, and associate degree programs take longer to complete. Choose the one that best fits your needs.
  • It may be beneficial to pick a school that prepares students for licensing and certification exams.
  • Consider hands-on opportunities such as internships or professional experiences.

Diploma in Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Diploma programs in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration may take anywhere from one semester to one year to complete. Students may need to complete an internship to fulfill program requirements.

Certificate in Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Certificate programs may be completed in one semester or a series of semesters, depending on the intensity of the curriculum. Some general education courses may be offered, such as mathematics and communications, but students focus heavily on residential and commercial air-conditioning, heating systems and electrical currents. Students may have the option to participate in supervised work experiences.

Associate Degree in Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Associate degree programs take two years to complete and may offer the widest variety of coursework, including integration of other technical subjects such as electrical construction. Students may be required to complete an internship in the field.

When considering a heating and cooling program, prospective students should look for accredited programs that will prepare them for licensure. They should also consider schools that offer hands-on experience or internships.

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