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Schools for Aspiring HVAC Inspectors: How to Choose

Programs that specifically train heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) inspectors may not exist, but similar training may be attained through the completion of a certificate in HVAC technology or through building or home inspection programs. Those with sufficient prior experience may take individual courses in HVAC inspection through these programs.

Students may receive HVAC inspection training through an HVAC technology certificate program, as well as home and building certificate and associate degree programs. These programs are offered through the career and professional departments at community colleges, technical colleges and universities.

Schools with HVAC Inspector Programs

These schools offer HVAC programs at the diploma, certificate and associate's degree levels.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo, IA 2-year, Public Certificate $4,466 in-state, $5,166 out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,426 in-state, $7,366 out-of-state
Monroe Community College Rochester, NY 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,554 in-state, $8,354 out-of-state
North Seattle College Seattle, WA 2-year, Public Certificate $4,458 in-state, $9,693 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,429 in-state, $13,145 out-of-state
Rockingham Community College Wentworth, NC 2-year, Public Diploma, Certificate $1,844 in-state, $6,452 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
Elgin Community College Elgin, IL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,868 in-district, $10,439 in-state, $11,959 out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

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

  • Degree levels for HVAC technicians are generally certificate programs, however a building or home inspector certificate or associate degree would provide broader knowledge and professional potential.
  • Licensure and certification varies by state so students are encouraged to review the requirements for their individual location, such as examinations or a minimum level of education, and enroll in an appropriate program.
  • Consider hands-on opportunities such as internships or professional experiences.

Certificate in HVAC Technology

Certificate programs in HVAC technology can take 1-2 years to complete. Coursework can include topics in air-conditioning systems, electrical systems, heating, air distribution and HVAC building codes.

Certificate in Home Inspection

Certificate programs in home inspection may include a wide variety of courses and can show students how to create inspection reports and perform basic computer work. Required courses may include plumbing, electrical systems, heating and cooling and ventilation systems.

Associate Degree in Building Inspection

Building inspection associate degree programs include general education courses, as well as basic construction principles. Courses for this program may include materials management, plan reading, electrical and mechanical inspection and HVAC systems inspection.

HVAC inspector programs are available at the certificate, diploma and associate's degree levels. Prospective students should look for accredited programs that will prepare them for licensure, as well as programs that offer hands-on experience or internships.


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