ONLINE HVAC CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
For those interested in learning the fundamentals of HVAC systems or deepening their competencies in various subfields, enrolling in an online HVAC certificate program is one possibility. These programs are ideal for entry-level HVAC professionals. As part of the program, students typically receive vouchers to take specific HVAC certification exams.
Following are seven featured online certificate programs for HVAC professionals, aspiring and current:
The University of North Dakota (UND) provides an online HVACR certified technician program. This comprehensive training program is designed to prepare installers and technicians to successfully pass a range of national HVAC certification exams, including the EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Exam, the R-410A Refrigerant Handling Qualification, and the students’ choice of certification exams from NATE or HVAC Excellence. As part of the program, students receive vouchers to sit for the most common industry certification exams.
Ashworth College provides an online diploma in heating and air conditioning that can be completed in as few as four months. The comprehensive, self-paced program provides lessons on the field as a whole and then digs deeper into 13 specialized sections including tools of the trade, refrigeration systems, electrical systems, residential heating and air conditioning, commercial systems, design, and more.
Ultimately, the Ashworth College HVAC Career Diploma provides preparation for the EPA Section 608 Certification exam. Program tuition includes a voucher for the exam (a $75 value) and a bonus 12-page ESCO study guide. Ashworth College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Council (DEAC).
Penn Foster Career School offers students a DEAC-accredited online career diploma that will help them take the first step towards becoming an HVACR technician. This online program is designed to help students prepare for HVAC certification and can be completed in as few as five months. Through eight units of training—including courses on electrical systems, math for the trades, and fundamentals of HVACR—students learn to install, repair, and maintain home and commercial systems. As part of their program, graduates of Penn Foster Career School’s HVACR Technician Program are also given a voucher for the EPA Certification Test.
Penn Foster Career School also offers students an online career certificate program that helps graduates develop their skills in the essentials of Automotive HVAC. This online program covers automotive engine heating and cooling systems along with EPA rules, regulations, and safety practices. Graduates of Penn Foster Career School’s Automotive HVAC Essentials certificate program will also receive an ASE test-prep book to help them prepare for the ASE Heating and Air Conditioning test.
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) offers an online residential HVAC certificate, comprising three modules and 28 lesson units in subjects such as how to design a ducted distribution system, how to size equipment appropriately, and how to perform residential load calculations. These certificates are valid for five years. ACCA also offers certification programs in light commercial HVAC design, EPIC instructor competencies, refrigerant handling (EPA 608), and two ACCA-developed Qtech certifications (quality installation and home performance).
HVAC Training Solutions also offers an online certificate program that encompasses entry-level HVAC training. The course allows students to learn at their own pace and consists of video lectures along with online simulations of HVAC repair and maintenance scenarios.