HVAC Training in California with School and Program Summaries

Research HVAC training programs in California, which currently has nearly 50 schools offering these programs. Get some information about these degrees and certificates and some quick facts for two of these schools to make an informed education decision.

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California Schools Offering HVAC Training

California students looking for training in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can find programs offered through many community and technical colleges in the state. Studies are typically at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Some colleges provide studies at more than one campus. The following article highlights two California community colleges in the Los Angeles area that provide HVAC training programs. Read about levels of study and courses likely to be taken in each program. Find helpful facts about these colleges in the table provided at the end of this article.

  • El Camino Community College District, located approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, provides both certificate and 2-year degree programs focusing on HVAC training.
  • Riverside City College has an associate's degree program in air conditioning and refrigeration. The school is based roughly 55 miles east of the downtown Los Angeles area.

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Comparison of Schools

Whether you're looking to earn a certificate or a degree in HVAC repair or installation, it is beneficial to learn what each school offers before deciding on a program. Below are facts about these two schools' population, tuition, retention rates and graduation rates.

El Camino Community College District Riverside City College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2014) 24,207* 18,547*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $1,142 in-state; $5678 out-of-state* $1,426 in-state; $7,366 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 63%* 75%*
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 76% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 68% for full-time students; 49% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011 start date) 30% (10% transfer-out rate)* 29% (17% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

El Camino Community College District

El Camino Community College District offers 2-year degree and certificate programs. Local businesses can take advantage of the school's customized training options, which are designed to improve the skills of their employees. Most of the school's HVAC programs award a Certificate of Achievement.

Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - Refrigeration Option

HVAC students enroll in this program to explore air conditioning and refrigeration principles, as well as heating technology. The program covers electrical controls, cooling theory and applications for home or commercial use. Students can also learn about solar thermal technologies in the HVAC field, customer service and pneumatic controls.

Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - Air Conditioning Option

This program covers home air conditioning units and systems. Individuals are trained in customer service and electrical components used in air conditioners. Other courses will cover home heating.

Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electric Controls Option

This Certificate of Completion program emphasizes the electronics aspects of HVAC technology. Students delve into pneumatic components fundamentals, customer service and electrical applications.

Associate of Science in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

This 60-credit program includes 36 credits focused in HVAC technology. The program covers all the material in El Camino College's HVAC Certificate of Achievement programs. Additional courses train students to maintain, install or troubleshoot air conditioners, heating units and refrigeration devices.

Riverside City College

Riverside City College is focused on serving students looking for immediate entry into the workforce or transfer to a 4-year university. The school also offers classes online and through its Norco and Moreno Valley, CA, campuses.

Associate of Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

HVAC students can enroll in this program if they're looking for more hands-on training with air conditioners and refrigerators. The curriculum covers environmental controls, electrical theory and refrigerant handling. Other courses cover metalworking and industrial HVAC technologies.

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