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
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,320 In-district
|Riverside City College||Riverside, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,426 In-state
|Austin Community College District||Austin, Texas||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $2,550 In-district
|City College of San Francisco||San Francisco, California||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,598 In-state
|Mt. San Antonio College||Walnut, California||2-year, Public||Certificate|| $1,348 In-state
|El Camino Community College District||Torrance, California||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,142 In-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.