Individuals interested in pursuing careers in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can earn a diploma, certificate or associate's degree in the field. Usually offered by trade schools and community colleges, these programs help students prepare for entry-level certification exams in the HVAC field, as well as required state licensure exams. Diploma and certificate programs can be completed in as little as six months and can lead to faster entry into the workforce than a 2-year HVAC associate's degree program. Students in all programs usually get hands-on practice installing, maintaining, troubleshooting and repairing HVAC systems.
Nunez Community College
Established in 1992, Nunez Community College is located just east of New Orleans in Chalmette, Louisiana. Although it doesn't offer any HVAC degree programs, the school does offer a 33-credit certificate program in HVAC that prepares students to take the necessary licensing exams and begin careers in this field. Students learn about electric systems and equipment, industrial service techniques, hazardous materials, control theory and troubleshooting. Lessons also cover ventilation, condensation, evaporation, basic refrigeration cycles, heat energy and conduction loads.
Baton Rouge Community College
Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, doesn't offer a degree program specifically in HVAC, but it does offer a related program in air conditioning and refrigeration. The program can culminate in a Technical Competency Area credit (270-390 clock hours), Certificate of Technical Studies (750-930 clock hours) or Technical Diploma (1,410-1,530 clock hours). All students take introductory HVAC classes and learn about electrical components for residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. Graduates are eligible to take certification exams that enable them to find jobs working with HVAC.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Nunez Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Certificate of Technical Studies in HVAC||$4,175 (in-state), $7,674 (out-of-state)*|
|Baton Rouge Community College||2-year, public; midsize city|| Technical Competency Area in Heating and Air Conditioning,
Technical Diploma in Heating and Air Conditioning,
Certificate of Technical Studies in Heating and Air Conditioning
|$4,221 (in-state), $8,299 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator