Accredited HVAC Schools in Alaska
Other aspiring HVAC professionals in Alaska choose to enroll in accredited formal diplomas, certificates, or degree programs. Accreditation is an evaluation of the quality of an educational institution’s program by an independent agency. The evaluation includes both the curriculum and the instructors. When choosing a school, it is essential to determine if it is accredited and which organization granted accreditation.
As of this writing, two main industry organizations evaluate and accredit HVAC programs: the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), which has awarded accreditation to Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward, AK, and HVAC Excellence, which has not currently accredited an Alaska program.
Alaska Vocational Technical Center
Aspiring HVAC technicians have the option of pursuing a certificate in refrigeration technology through the Alaska Vocational Technical Center of Seward. The program has received accreditation through the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). Typically, 50 percent of the instruction in this program is hands-on, and the other 50 percent includes classroom instruction.
Students for this program should have the ability to manage time productively, strong reading and mathematics skills, and a good mechanical aptitude. They train on a variety of commercial and domestic refrigeration systems and learn to install, troubleshoot, and repair refrigeration and air conditioning systems, heat pumps, compressors, condensers, evaporators, control valves, control devices, electrical motors and controls, and electrical wiring.
Comprising 630 clock-hours, the program includes coursework in basic and advanced refrigeration, electricity, and employability skills. Additionally, students during the program will receive testing and training for industry certifications such as EPA 608 refrigeration technician, 10-hour OSHA construction safety certification, industry competency exam, and industrial first aid and CPR.
- Location: Seward, AK
- Accreditation: Council on Occupational Education (COE); PAHRA
- Expected Time to Completion: 630 clock-hours
- Estimated Tuition: $2,748
Charter College offers a certificate in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration preparing students to seek entry-level employment as aHVAC/R mechanics. Students in this program learn to install, maintain, and repair almost all types of HVAC/R systems focusing heavily on industry safety practices.
Consisting of 72 credits, the program includes courses such as Basic HVAC science and electrical, basic refrigeration and air properties, refrigeration pipe, duct and flue systems, maintenance and startup skills, residential and commercial controls, gas and oil heating systems, boiler, chiller, and cooling tower systems, and energy conservation, heat recovery, and air quality.
Upon successful completion, graduates will be prepared for the EPA refrigerant handling test and certification and will be able to demonstrate the skills, abilities, and knowledge required for the repair and maintenance of HVAC/R systems and demonstrate basic industry safety practices, including working with refrigeration, electricity, and other HVAC systems.
- Location: Anchorage, AK
- Accreditation: Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
- Expected Time to Completion: 10 months
- Estimated Tuition: Contact the college for details
Matanuska-Susitna College – University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska’s Mat-Su College offers an occupational endorsement certificate in refrigeration and heating preparing students with the technical knowledge and skills required for installing, diagnosing, and repairing modern residential and commercial HVAC/R systems.
Combining classroom instruction and hands-on training, the program helps students develop an understanding of complex systems and prepares them to sit for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 National Certification Exam and the ESCO Institute Employment Ready certification exam.
Made up of 24 credits, the program includes courses such as refrigeration and air conditioning, electrical circuits for refrigeration and heating, fundamentals of heating, HVAC/R codes, HVAC/R distribution systems, HVAC/R control systems, and HVAC/R troubleshooting essentials.
Graduates of this occupational endorsement certificate will be able to work safely with torches, tools, electricity, heating fuels, refrigerants, and other equipment associated with HVAC/R work, troubleshoot HVAC/R systems systematically, follow environmentally responsible work practices, and apply state, national, and municipal mechanical codes to decisions that involve the designing, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC/R systems.
- Location: Palmer, AK
- Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Expected Time to Completion: Less than 12 months
- Estimated Tuition: Resident ($234 per credit); non-resident ($800 per credit)