Accredited HVAC Schools in Delaware
Before seeking employment or Delaware licensure in HVAC, it is crucial to receive the proper training. Some aspiring HVAC professionals choose to enroll in an apprenticeship—a list of which is available from the Delaware Division of Industrial Affairs—while others complete a training program.
There are currently two predominant accreditation organizations for HVAC schools and programs: Two organizations evaluate and approve HVAC programs. The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) has certified one Delaware college. The program has been profiled below. The other accrediting entity, HVAC Excellence, has not approved any programs in the state.
To learn more about the accreditation process, visit the site for either program or the main HVAC Classes page.
Delaware Technical Community College
At DTCC’s Georgetown campus, students can complete either a diploma or an associate of applied science (AAS) program in HVAC-R (DTCC terms this Refrigeration Heating AC).
These programs provide students with the skills and knowledge needed for succeeding in this HVAC field. Offering a combination of hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs and classroom lectures, these programs prepare students for professional career opportunities. Students in these programs will also gain the skills and knowledge needed for successfully passing industry competency exams.
The AAS program requires successful completion of at least 66 credits, while the diploma requires 35 credits. Classes in both of these programs include the fundamentals of refrigeration, introduction to energy management, residential climate control, contemporary mathematics, industry competency exam (ICE) preparation, sustainability & society, air distribution & balancing, and building service systems.
Delaware Technical Community College also offers an HVAC maintenance technician certificate at its Stanton campus.
- Location: Dover, Georgetown, Stanton, and Wilmington, DE
- Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education; PAHRA
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS (4 semesters); Diploma (2 semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: In-state ($152.50 per credit); out-of-state ($381.25 per credit)
Delaware Skills Center
The Delaware Skills Center of New Castle provides a 12-week HVAC program that boasts three solid weeks of on-the-job shadowing with experienced professionals. The program includes a combination of classroom instruction (which comprises HVAC, refrigeration, electrical, heating, piping, air distribution, and brazing, among others) and hands-on experience in labs which involves a job shadowing experience.
Made up of 420 clock hours, the curriculum, which is designed for those who have some HVAC experience but have not yet earned HVAC certifications, comprises units in HVAC installation, HVAC service technology, home energy auditing, weatherization, and commercial & residential building maintenance. Other topics covered in this rigorous hands-on program include reviews of safety protocols, blueprint reading, geothermal heat pumps, and AHRI Efficiency Standards. Those who complete this program may be eligible for several certifications, including:
- NCCER (Level 1 & Core)
- EPA Section 608 Certification
- First Year Apprenticeship Certification
- OSHA (10-hour)
- Gas Tite Certification
- R 410 A Refrigerant Certification
To be eligible for the program, students need to be at least 18 years of age, have a valid Delaware driver’s license, possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, and pass a criminal background check and drug screening.
- Location: New Castle, DE
- Accreditation: N/A
- Expected Time to Completion: 12 weeks
- Estimated Tuition: The class is free for residents of Delaware. There is a $140 fee to cover the cost of Background Check and Drug Screening.
POLYTECH Adult Education
Another HVAC/R training program in DE is available at Polytech of Woodside. The program introduces students to HVAC and refrigeration theories, practices, and the latest technological developments preparing them in installing, maintaining, and repairing various types of HVAC/R systems in commercial and residential environments.
Students completing the apprenticeship program that consists of four years of HVAC-related instruction and on-the-job training (8,000 hours) are eligible to earn a Journeyperson credential through the Delaware Department of Labor.
Polytech hosts an abundance of evening HVAC programs that impart fundamentals of the field such as how to work with gas & oil-burning furnaces, commercial & residential systems, heat pumps, motors, compressors, valves, tubing, hydronic & steam heating, and more.
- Location: Woodside, DE
- Accreditation: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- Expected Time to Completion: 634 Hours
- Estimated Tuition: $349 to $398 per class
Dawn Career Institute
Dawn Career Institute offers an HVAC technician diploma program training students in proper safety practices to design, build, and maintain various types of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, heat pump, and refrigeration accessories. Graduates are prepared with basic knowledge in residential HVAC/R careers. Students complete an externship practicing the skills learned throughout the program.
Made up of 43 credits, the program includes courses such as the theory of heat, HVAC concepts, HVAC electrical systems and circuits, HVAC mechanical systems and motors, field operations, automatic control systems, electric and gas heat, and refrigeration concepts, among others.
Graduates will be ready to work for residential customers, or commercial businesses such as hospitals, schools, office buildings, retail stores, and factories.
- Location: Wilmington, DE
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: 36 weeks
- Estimated Tuition: $15,825
Delcastle Technical High School
The heating, ventilation & air-conditioning program at Delcastle Technical High School covers training on the installation of electrical power wiring, refrigerant piping, temperature control and monitoring devices, as well as the interpretation of design specifications, electrical schematics, and blueprints, and the interpretation of E.P.A. refrigerant laws.
Upon graduation, graduates can take up roles such as air conditioning installer, furnace installer, evaporative-cooler installer, sheet metal duct installer, and oil burner installer and service.
- Location: Wilmington, DE
- Accreditation: N/A
- Expected Time to Completion: N/A
- Estimated Tuition: N/A
Lastly, for some aspiring HVAC workers in DE, it can be difficult to attend an on-campus program. For those that live in more rural regions of the state or have time commitments that prevent them from completing a traditional, brick-and-mortar course sequence there is a wide range of distance-based HVAC programs available.
To learn about the details of web-based instruction in this field, check out the online HVAC programs page.