Heating and Air Conditioning Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Heating and air conditioning programs are available as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) degrees. Programs may include hands-on training in the field.

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*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Certificate $2,834 in-state, $9,661 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 $5,138 in-state, $11,055 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
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state
Tarrant County College District Fort Worth, TX 2-year, Public Associate's $1,320 in-district, $2,064 in-state, $4,920 out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,426 in-state, $7,366
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
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,220 in-state, $6,810 out-of-state

Sources: School websites and *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Consider the following when looking for heating and air conditioning schools:

  • Students interested in these programs need to consider the school's accreditation since this is an important requirement in most state licensure exams.
  • Enough preparation is also essential, so students may want to select schools whose curriculum includes heating and air conditioning work and core liberal arts and business courses.
  • In order to get practical training, students should also consider choosing a school that has apprenticeship programs available.
  • Students who want to demonstrate their skills to employers by earning a professional certification may want to look for schools that offer specific exam preparation.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs in heating and air conditioning are designed to prepare students for work as technicians, providing both conceptual and practical coursework in system installation, maintenance and repair. Some programs are designed to get students ready for specific professional certifications, such as the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) credential. Most certificate programs take about a year to complete.

Associate's Degree Programs

Associate's degree programs that cover heating and air conditioning usually award Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Like certificate programs, they cover essential technical topics within the field, but they also include general education coursework, so they take two years to complete. Graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level technician positions in commercial and industrial settings.

Heating and air conditioning programs usually prepare students for state licensure. Students should consider an accredited school that offers hands-on training opportunities.

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