Maryland houses 50 public and private not-for-profit schools, about 8 of which have programs for prospective HVAC professionals. The selection of training includes certificate, continuing education, apprenticeship and associate's degree programs. The length of these practical -based curriculum programs varies. An associate's degree program could take 2 years or 6 weeks for a certificate program. One of the standard requirements includes having a high school diploma. An apprenticeship generally requires work experience or employer sponsorship.
Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College can be found in Arnold. This school's HVAC/R technician program features courses in electricity fundamentals, commercial refrigeration, heating systems, duct design and load calculation, mechanical controls and air conditioning. The HVAC apprenticeship program consists of 2,000 hours of professional training and 160 hours of education in the classroom. Students receive training through Associated Builders and Contractors.
Carroll Community College
A 90-hour HVAC technician training program and a 4-year HVAC/R apprenticeship program are offered through Westminster's Carroll Community College. Participants of the HVAC technician program are trained to repair and install HVAC systems, use HVAC tools, work in residential and commercial environments, cut pipes and work in various types of entry-level positions. HVAC apprenticeship program participants learn concepts through a mixture of in-class and on-the-job training. The program covers material transportation, checking electronic circuits, furnace cleaning techniques, refrigerant line insulation and soldering pipes. After completing the HVAC apprenticeship program, students can earn the HVAC Journeyman license.
Cecil College is located in North East and has a 3-course HVAC/R certificate program that mixes in-class training with hands-on skills development. The heating and ventilation course covers commercial and residential applications, troubleshooting and repair techniques, gas furnaces, electrical systems, energy concepts and heat conduction. Refrigeration and air conditioning courses also train students in refrigerant recovery and tool use.
College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern Maryland, located in La Plata, offers an HVAC helper training program and HVAC Journeyman program. The helper program trains participants in HVAC maintenance, installation and repair setup. The HVAC Journeyman program provides apprenticeship training, as well as courses in HVAC controls, safety procedures, refrigerant transition and recovery, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, indoor air quality and water treatment.
The Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore's Community College of Baltimore County provides 3 HVAC certificate programs that can take 13-29 credit hours to complete, and an associate's degree program that can be completed with 62-63 credit hours. Depending on the HVAC certificate program, students can encounter courses in safety, basic HVAC electricity, residential load calculations, technical blueprints, energy control strategies, refrigeration fundamentals and heating systems. In addition to the certificate program courses and general education courses, the associate's degree program can cover elective courses in commercial HVAC systems, project management, residential estimates and sales, commercial control and refrigeration systems, renewable energy sources and construction methods.
Frederick Community College
At Frederick's Frederick Community College, prospective students can find a 10-credit hour Letter of Recognition program, a 16-credit hour HVAC certificate program, and a 4-course HVAC continuing education program. Courses found in the HVAC Letter of Recognition and certificate programs include customer relations, HVAC/R controls, HVAC/R fundamentals, building trade basics, air conditioning and heat pumps, fossil fuels and hydronic heating. Professional training is offered through optional internship opportunities.
Rockville-based Montgomery College has a 10-credit hour HVAC Letter of Recognition program, a 22-credit hour HVAC certificate program and a 61-credit hour building trades technology associate's degree program. The Letter of Recognition program covers refrigeration fundamentals, HVAC technician development and HVAC electricity. The HVAC certificate program covers the same topics found in the Letter of Recognition program, as well as topics in heating systems, building trades blueprint reading and building trades basics. Including the courses from the HVAC certificate program, the building trades technology associate's degree program has training in mechanical and fuel gas codes, construction safety, air conditioning, heat pump systems, HVAC system design, residential gas and residential oil heating.
Prince George's Community College
An HVAC/R continuing education certificate program can be found at Prince George's Community College in Largo. This 350-hour program follows the National Center for Construction Education and Research HVAC/R curriculum. Topics include piping practices, soldering techniques, air distribution systems, hydronic systems, leak detection, electric heating and gas heating troubleshooting techniques. This school also offers courses that prepare students for North American Technician Excellence and EPA certification exams.
Although all Maryland HVAC workers don't need to be licensed by the state, workers who handle refrigerants must earn a specialized refrigerant handling certification through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA specialized certification exams may cover low-pressure refrigerants, servicing small appliances or high-pressure refrigerants. Many of the programs discussed below prepare students to take EPA certification exams. Workers looking to become an HVAC Journeyman or Master must seek state licensure by having enough experience, completing additional training and passing an exam. A total of 8 Maryland schools have HVAC and heating, ventilation and air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R) programs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||HVAC Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)|
|Anne Arundel Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| HVAC Apprenticeship Training,
HVAC/R Technician Continuing Education Certificate
|$4,464 in-district, $7,374 in-state, $12,024 out-of-state*|
|Carroll Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural|| HVAC Technician Training Program,
HVAC/R Apprenticeship Training Program
|$3,619 in-district, $5,261 in-state, $7,334 out-of-state*|
|Cecil College||2-year, public; fringe rural||HVAC/R Certificate||$3,660 in-district, $6,360 in-state, $7,710 out-of-state*|
|College of Southern Maryland||2-year, public; fringe rural|| HVAC Helper Training Program,
HVAC Journeyman Apprenticeship Training Program
|$3,542 in-district, $6,111 in-state, $7,911 out-of-state*|
|The Community College of Baltimore County||2-year, public; large suburb|| Advanced HVAC and Energy Technology Certificate,
Alternative Energy Certificate,
Basic HVAC and Energy Technology Certificate,
HVAC and Energy Technology Associate of Applied Science
|$3,712 in-district, $6,650 in-state, $9,718 out-of-state*|
|Frederick Community College||2-year, public; small city|| HVAC Letter of Recognition,
HVAC Continuing Education Certificate
|$3,364 in-district, $6,628 in-state, $8,788 out-of-state*|
|Montgomery College||2-year, public; small city|| HVAC Letter of Recognition,
Building Trades Technology Associate of Applied Science with a concentration in HVAC
|$4,728 in-district, $9,156 in-state, $12,432 out-of-state*|
|Prince George's Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Continuing Education Certificate in HVAC/R Systems||$3,650 in-district, $5,762 in-state, $8,090 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator