Anyone who is unfamiliar with the profession may be surprised at just how many refrigeration technician training opportunities there are in the country. It is a program offered at many technical schools and community colleges. We used the following criteria to narrow this list down to just 15.
Refrigeration Specific Training Many refrigeration programs are lumped in with HVAC degrees. This can be good for those who want to pursue a more diverse career path, but those courses can also require a much bigger time commitment. Students who know they want to pursue a refrigeration technician career can get a certificate from most of these programs in the fraction of the time it takes to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree.
EPA Approval One of the first steps towards finding employment as a refrigeration technician is having a Section 608 certificate from the Environmental Protection Agency. Every school on this list has been vetted and approved by the EPA for certification training and testing, meaning students will have every opportunity to get certified before they complete their training program.
Geographic Diversity There are terrific refrigeration technician training programs in every state in the country. We wanted to be sure to include a spectrum of options and so chose 15 programs that are scattered around the country.
School Accreditation Licensing for refrigeration technicians varies from state to state, but nation accreditation programs exist to evaluate and approve of all types of educational institutions. The programs on this list have been accredited by at least one nationally recognizes accreditation organization, such as the Council on Occupational Education or the Higher Learning Commission.