HVAC Schools in Cincinnati, OH with Course and Program Summaries

Oct 10, 2018

The Cincinnati area has several colleges that offer heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) courses and programs. Learn about the courses, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 40 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Cincinnati Schools with HVAC Programs

Students interested in HVAC careers have a few training options in the Cincinnati area. This article looks at three technical colleges, none more than a 45-minute drive from downtown, and the HVAC programs they offer, which include refrigeration training as well. There is also a table of information that prospective students should know when selecting a school, such as enrollment, tuition and the campus setting. At the end of the article are some facts about one other school, a little more distant, that offers HVAC training.

  • Great Oaks Career Campuses has an HVAC certificate program that allows eligible candidates to participate in a cooperative experience. This school is about 13 miles from downtown Cincinnati.
  • Butler Technology and Career Development School , approximately 29 miles from downtown Cincinnati, offers an HVAC-R program that prepares students for careers as technicians.
  • The HVAC program at Warren County Career Center also prepares students for HVAC careers and offers opportunities to obtain industry credentials. This school is 37 miles from the city center.

Comparison of Schools

Students who are deciding on a school for their HVAC training can refer to the following table. It presents pertinent information in a format that makes it easy to compare these three schools.

Great Oaks Career Campuses Butler Technology and Career Development Schools Warren County Career Center
School Type Less-than-two-year; public Less-than-two-year; public Two-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 191* 211* 198*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Rural fringe
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,470 for the HVAC program* $10,180 for the HVACR program** $7,609 for the HVAC program*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 79%* 75%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions N/A - open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 43% of full-time students* 86% of full-time students* 79% of full-time students; 77% of part-time students*
Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2014-15) 99%* 83%* 75%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

Great Oaks Career Campuses

Great Oaks Career Campuses has been offering career development and technical education programs in Southwest Ohio since 1970. The HVAC training program is offered at the Diamond Oaks campus in Cincinnati and the Live Oaks campus in Milford. The program is accredited by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation. Prospective students need a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) in order to enroll; an entrance exam is required as well.

Certificate of Completion in Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning

The HVAC program consists of 45 weeks of evening courses and requires students to complete 900 hours of study. In addition to basic electrical training, students learn to service and maintain gas, oil and electric furnaces, hot water boilers, steam boilers, air conditioners, heat pumps, humidifiers, refrigeration units and electronic air cleaners.

Students who complete the program can take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Refrigerant Recovery certification exam. Graduates can also take the Industry Competency Exam (ICE) through the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute.

Butler Technology and Career Development Schools

Butler Technology and Career Development Schools offers programs in various fields, including heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Prerequisites for this program include a high school diploma or its GED equivalent and completion of the WorkKeys assessment.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program

This full-time day program requires students to complete 648 hours of study. The curriculum combines lectures with hands-on training. Students learn to install and repair various types of commercial and residential HVAC systems; they also develop troubleshooting skills. Practical experience is gained in the following areas: system repairs, electrical theory, refrigerant handling, systems diagnostics and schematic reading. Graduates are prepared for the ICE, EPA 608 and R410A certification exams.

Warren County Career Center

Warren County Career Center is a public school that offers career training programs. The Adult Division offers a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology program that can be completed in about 10 months. Applicants must have a high school diploma or its GED equivalent; completion of a WorkKeys assessment is also required.

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology Program

The 600-hour HVAC program generally runs several times each year and offers evening classes. Students can learn about safety, tools and equipment, refrigerant management, basic automatic controls, heating systems, electric motors, all-weather systems and cooling systems. Prior to the end of the program, students take the EPA 608, R410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification exams. They can also obtain the OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety certification and CPR certification.

Other School Options

Students can also find HVAC programs at Sinclair Community College, located around 50 miles from Cincinnati. This school offers certificate and associate degree programs in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration.

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