Although there are many different HVAC programs throughout the U.S., not very many are designed with a bachelor's degree as the end goal. The following are the criteria we used to choose the programs that appear on this list.
Whether someone is a recent high school graduate or is looking to change careers, it is hard to commit to a four year program without any type of background in the field. Many of the programs on this list offer both an associate's degree and bachelor's degree track. This gives students the opportunity to start their career after two years, or to carry on with their education in hopes of landing a more senior role.
2. Accreditation & Endorsement
Accreditation is an important part of any institution of higher learning and HVAC programs are no exception. The schools on this list are accredited by nationally recognize groups, such as the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) and endorsed by such agencies as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). These bodies evaluate the degree programs to make sure they meet certain programmatic standards so that all graduates are well prepared for a career in the HVAC industry.
3. Career Prospects
Four years is a long time to study anything so it is important that graduates are prepared for real jobs. The programs on this list make it a point to train students in both the technical aspects of HVAC maintenance and installation as well as the management and communication components of actually working in the field.