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List of HVAC Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Aspiring HVAC technicians have the option of completing a certificate training program or associate's degree program in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Read on to find out more about educational options in this field.

A certificate program in HVAC will qualify a student to work as an HVAC technician, but associate's degree programs are also available. These programs are most commonly offered at two-year community colleges and technical schools.

10 Schools with HVAC Programs

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

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 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
Associate's
$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 Certificate
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 out-of-state
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
Mt. San Antonio College Walnut, CA 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,348 in-state
$7,960 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following when looking for HVAC schools:

  • It is important to find out if an apprenticeship is included within the program, as it can increase the time to completion but also provide valuable real-world experience.
  • Some community colleges or vocational schools may offer classes at night, on weekends or online, which can benefit students who have families or work obligations.
  • Prospective students may want to get information about the school's training facilities in order to ensure that they will gain experience with industry-standard HVAC technologies.
  • Since Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification is required for technicians who work with refrigerants, prospective students may want to find out what the pass rate is for graduates on the certification exam.

Certificate Programs

In undergraduate certificate programs for aspiring HVAC technicians, students are introduced to the basics of heating, air conditioning and ventilation technology, for both residential and commercial systems. Some programs also include specific training for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification exam, which is required for all technicians who work with refrigerants. While some certificate programs include only courses, others are offered in combination with an apprenticeship, which can last for six months to two years. In apprenticeship programs, students take courses while also getting hands-on training in the field under the supervision of an experienced journeyman. It is important to note that apprentices are paid for their work.

Associate's Degree Programs

Some schools offer associate's degree programs for students who want to prepare for an entry-level HVAC technician job while also completing general education courses. In total, these programs require at least two years of full-time study to complete.

There are also some schools at which students can earn an associate's degree while also completing an apprenticeship. These combined programs usually last four years.

Students who are interested in HVAC should consider factors such as time to completion and scheduling options when choosing between programs. They should also consider whether the program includes an apprenticeship in the field.


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