Heating and Air Conditioning Training in Atlanta, GA

Nov 19, 2018

The Atlanta area has about 7 colleges that offer heating and air conditioning programs. To make an informed decision, learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for 3 of these schools located within 20 miles of downtown.

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Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning Schools

The Atlanta, GA, region has several technical colleges that offer training in heating and air conditioning (AC). Students can find associate degree, certificate and diploma programs within half an hour of the city's center. Read about the focus areas and required coursework at 3 schools below. This article also includes a table of statistics on the profiled institutions as well as some info on a few other college options in the surrounding area.

  • Atlanta Technical College, located about four miles from the downtown area, has a diploma program and 2 certificate programs in the field.
  • About 16 miles outside of Atlanta in the suburban town of Clarkston, GA, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) offers associate's degree, diploma and certificate programs in air conditioning technology.
  • Marietta's Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) has a diploma program in air conditioning technology. The campus is roughly 19 miles from central Atlanta.

Comparison of Schools

The profiled colleges are pretty similar in a number of areas, including costs and student retention. Get specific stats on these and other factors, like graduation numbers and student enrollment, in the table for comparison.

Atlanta Technical College Georgia Piedmont Technical College Chattahoochee Technical College
School Type Public; 2-year Public; 2-year Public; 2-year
Total Enrollment (2017)* 4,098 4,115 10,201
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)* $2,816 in-state, $4,952 out-of-state $2,920 in-state, $5,056 out-of-state $2,782 in-state, $4,918 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 94% 92% 85%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 58% full-time students 68% full-time students 53% full-time students
Graduation Rate (2014)* 44% 40% 26%

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College is composed of 4 divisions: industrial and transportation technologies; business and public service technologies; health and public safety technologies; and arts and sciences. The heating and air conditioning programs are found in the industrial and transportation technologies division.

Technical Certificate of Credit in Air Conditioning Technician Assistant

Applicants to this program must be at least 16 years old and have either high school diplomas or GEDs. Students must also achieve minimal scores on placement exams. Once admitted, students take classes that may cover topics like refrigeration systems and their parts, heat transfer and types of air conditioning units.

Technical Certificate of Credit in Heating and Air Conditioning Installation Technician

This program requires the same age, testing and education as the AC technician assistant program. This 3-course program focuses on the concepts necessary to install heating and AC systems. In addition to learning about the basics of refrigeration, students may learn about the electrical components of AC units, code regulations and the steps to putting in residential AC units.

Diploma in Air Conditioning Technology

Applicants to this program must meet the same admission requirements as those applying to the certificate programs. This program has 54 credits, and 8 of them are acquired through general education classes. The remaining 46 credits include classes that cover topics like the parts of an AC system, electrical components, heat pumps and AC repair.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

GPTC has several campuses and centers around the greater Atlanta area, including Clarkston, Covington, Lithonia and Doraville, GA. The AC and heating programs are found within the industrial and occupational technologies division at the DeKalb and South DeKalb campuses.

Technical Certificate of Credit in Air Conditioning Electrical Technician

This program consists of 12 credit hours. The program prepares students with knowledge about the electrical fundamentals, components and motors involved with installing and repairing HVAC units.

Technical Certificate of Credit in Air Conditioning Technician Assistant

Students in this program learn the basics to help AC technicians perform a variety of job duties. Students complete 3 classes in refrigeration concepts, applications and components.

Diploma in Air Conditioning Technology

In this 51-credit program, students learn how to install, maintain and repair heating and AC systems. Classes may cover topics on AC and refrigeration motors, gas heat, types of AC systems and troubleshooting problems.

Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning Technology

Students in this program may learn to work with residential and small commercial heating and AC units. This 66-credit program includes the same core classes as the diploma program; however, 5 general education classes are required for this program.

Chattahoochee Technical College

CTC is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Programs are divided into 5 categories: computer sciences and engineering technology, business sciences, personal and public services, health sciences and technical studies. The AC program can be found in the technical studies category. CTC has 8 campuses, and the AC technology diploma program is available at the Marietta and Canton campuses.

Diploma in Air Conditioning Technology

Students in this program complete 52 credits, which include 3 general education classes in communication, social sciences and math. The remaining portion of the curriculum is taken in a specific order, beginning with basic refrigeration and computer skills. Classes progress to AC system parts, electrical components, installation, system types and AC repairs.

Other Schools

There are 4 other technical colleges around the Atlanta area with air conditioning and heating programs. About 28 miles from Atlanta in Lawrenceville, GA, Gwinnett Technical College has certificate and diploma programs in AC. Located roughly 32 miles from Atlanta, Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, GA, has a certificate program for air conditioning technician assistants and air conditioning technology diploma and associate's programs. Students can find 2 certificate programs and 1 diploma program in heating and air conditioning at Lanier Technical College in Oakwood, GA, which is about 44 miles from Atlanta. Lastly, about 50 miles from Atlanta, West Georgia Technical College in Waco, GA, has 1 diploma and 4 certificate programs in AC.

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