Earning an Associate Degree in HVAC technology can mean committing a great deal of time and money to a program of study. The schools on this list were chosen for their rigorous curriculums, past performance, and overall record as upstanding institutions of learning.
Accreditation Accreditation is one of the first things to look for when choosing an HVAC program. The majority of schools on this list have been accredited by either the Partnership for Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation or HVAC Excellence. Both of these organizations were formed specifically to evaluate HVAC training programs for their efficacy and value.
Degree Options Many HVAC programs offer only a professional certificate or diploma, but every school included here has an Associate of Applied Science degree program. This means that students are required not only to learn the technical skills necessary to begin a career as an HVAC technician, but also basic general education requirements that will serve them well throughout their lives. Each college is different but courses usually include writing, basic mathematics, and at least some humanities education.
To create an inclusive list, we chose to find programs that represent most regions of the U.S. This is particularly relevant in choosing HVAC programs because many states have different licensing requirements. Educators in different states can shed light on the requirements in that particular state, making it easier for student to obtain the right license and build a career there.