HVAC Training in Oregon with School and Program Overviews

There are four schools within Oregon that have heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) programs. Read an overview of these schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

Essential Information

Only four of Oregon's 54 not-for-profit schools have HVAC or HVAC/R (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration) programs; not all programs include training in refrigeration handling. Schools offer certificates as well as associate's degrees in the field. The curricula for both types of programs are often similar within the same school, though degree-seeking students must also complete general education coursework. Capstone projects, internships or apprenticeships, or other work-study opportunities may be offered by some schools.

Career Requirements

HVAC mechanics and installers must be licensed with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB). In order to register with the CCB, workers must pass a state test after completing 16 hours of business practice and law training. Training needs to be completed every two years. Workers handling refrigerants are required to become certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by passing one of the three exams, which specialize in high-pressure refrigerants, servicing small appliances or low-pressure refrigerants.

Below is more detailed information about the HVAC programs available in Oregon, as well as a comparison table with tuition data, school type and setting, and official program titles.


Chemeketa Community College

Salem-based Chemeketa Community College offers construction trade certificate and associate's degree programs that focus on HVAC/R training. Both programs feature courses in HVAC/R apprenticeship fundamentals, welding, refrigeration, troubleshooting, fuels, soldering and residential air distribution. The associate's degree program requires students to complete 22 hours of work to show proof of journey-level status and 23 credit hours of general education courses. The certificate program requires 72 credit hours, and the associate's degree program consists of 105 credit hours.

  • Programs Offered: Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion with a specialization in HVAC/R,
    Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship Associate of Applied Science with a specialization in HVAC/R
  • Tuition & Fees (summer 2012-2013): $90 per credit hour for residents; $252 per credit hour for out-of-state students (fees included)*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; midsize suburb

Lane Community College

HVAC certificate and associate's degree programs are offered at Lane Community College in Eugene. Training covers HVAC systems, motors, HVAC blueprint reading, trade skills fundamentals and electrical theory. Along with completing 8,000 hours of state-approved professional training, participants must have a State of Oregon Apprenticeship Training Journeyman card or complete an Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Certificate of Completion prior to graduation. A total of 45-55 credit hours are needed to finish the certificate program. Students enrolled in the 90-credit hour associate's degree program complete general education and elective courses in addition to a series of HVAC courses.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate of Completion in Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship with a specialization in HVAC technician/installer,
    Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship Associate of Applied Science with a specialization in HVAC technician/installer
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $90 per credit hour for OR, CA, ID, WA and NV residents;
    $220 per credit hour for out-of-state students (does not include fees)**
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; fringe rural

Linn - Benton Community College

Albany-based Linn - Benton Community College has a 15-credit hour industrial refrigeration certificate program, as well as a 91-credit hour mechatronics associate's degree program that has an industrial refrigeration emphasis. The certificate program provides training in refrigeration brazing and servicing, electrical systems and refrigeration troubleshooting, heating systems, HVAC system controls and EPA technician certification. In addition to the courses in the certificate program, the associate's degree program covers ammonia plant operation, mechanical systems, general education requirements, pumps and valves, lubrication systems and industrial safety. Associate's degree program students also develop and submit a capstone project.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Mechatronics: Industrial Refrigeration,
    Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Technician/Industrial Technology with a focus in industrial refrigeration
  • Tuition & Fees (2012): $96 per credit hour for OR, CA, ID, WA and NV residents;
    $206 per credit hour for other out-of-state residents (costs as of summer 2012; fees included)***
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; fringe town

Portland Community College

Portland Community College in Portland has a 14-credit hour HVAC/R installer certificate program, a 44-credit hour facilities maintenance technology certificate program and a 90-credit hour facilities maintenance technology associate's degree program. All three programs train students in HVAC system repair, maintenance and control, schematic development, circuit evaluation and power distribution.

The facilities maintenance technology programs also cover water treatment and distribution, boilers, natural gas equipment, Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety training, direct digital controls and chiller systems. The facilities maintenance certificate program may include elective options in fiber optics, residential and commercial systems design, customer relations, oil furnace service and human machine interface. Students in the associate's degree program complete a cooperative work experience for professional training, along with courses in adjustable speed drives, pneumatic control and electric motor controls.

  • Programs Offered: Facilities Maintenance Technology Certificate,
    HVAC/R Installer Career Pathway Certificate,
    Facilities Maintenance Technology Associate of Applied Science
  • Tuition & Fees (2013): $88 per credit hour for OR, CA, ID, WA and NV residents;
    $216 per credit hour for other out-of-state residents (costs as of summer 2013; fees excluded)****
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year; public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting HVAC Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition
Chemeketa Community College Two-year; public; midsize suburb Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion with a specialization in HVAC/R,
Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship Associate of Applied Science with a specialization in HVAC/R
$90 per credit hour for residents; $252 per credit hour for out-of-state students (costs as of summer 2012; fees included)*
Lane Community College Two-year; public; fringe rural Certificate of Completion in Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship with a specialization in HVAC technician/installer,
Construction Trades - General Apprenticeship Associate of Applied Science with a specialization in HVAC technician/installer
$90 per credit hour for OR, CA, ID, WA and NV residents; $220 per credit hour for out-of-state students (costs for 2012-2013; does not include fees)**
Linn - Benton Community College Two-year; public; fringe town Certificate in Mechatronics: Industrial Refrigeration,
Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Technician/Industrial Technology with a focus in industrial refrigeration
$96 per credit hour for OR, CA, ID, WA and NV residents; $206 per credit hour for other out-of-state residents (costs as of summer 2012; fees included)***
Portland Community College Two-year; public; large city Facilities Maintenance Technology Certificate,
HVAC/R Installer Career Pathway Certificate,
Facilities Maintenance Technology Associate of Applied Science
$88 per credit hour for OR, CA, ID, WA and NV residents; $216 per credit hour for other out-of-state residents (costs as of summer 2013; fees excluded)****

Sources: *Chemeketa Community College, **Lane Community College, ***Linn - Benton Community College, ****Portland Community College.

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