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Refrigeration Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Refrigeration technicians, sometimes referred to as HVACR technicians, install and maintain air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Community colleges, career and technical trade schools offer degree and certificate programs in refrigeration.

HVAC technicians learn to install and maintain air conditioning systems through degree and certificate programs. These programs are commonly available at public community colleges.

Schools with Refrigeration Programs

The following schools offer refrigeration programs:

College/University Location Institution Type Programs Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Miami Dade College Miami, Florida 4-year, Public Apprenticeship/Certificate $2,834 In-state
$9,661 Out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,320 In-district
$2,064 In-state
$4,920 Out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,426 In-state
$7,366 Out-of-state
Austin Community College District Austin, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,550 In-district
$9,210 In-state
$11,340 Out-of-state
City College of San Francisco San Francisco, California 2-year, Public Certificate $1,598 In-state
$7,554 Out-of-state
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, California 2-year, Public Certificate $1,348 In-state
$7,960 Out-of-state
El Camino Community College District Torrance, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,142 In-state
$5,678 Out-of-state

Source: *NCES College Navigator

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for refrigeration schools:

  • It is becoming more important for HVACR technicians to have knowledge of environmental regulation laws, as well as experience handling hazardous materials. Students should check that the school's program covers EPA standards for recycling refrigeration fluids and equipment in order to prepare for the EPA certification exam.
  • Apprenticeship programs are a key component of gaining the skills to become a refrigeration technician. Students might want to consider schools that offer certificate or degree programs in conjunction with these hands-on training opportunities.
  • Whether an individual is pursuing a certificate or degree, it's important to attend an accredited program.

HVAC programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. These programs emphasize concepts such as refrigerant recycling and control systems while providing hands-on training.

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