Accredited HVAC Training in Indiana
In addition to apprenticeships, Indiana is also home to many vocational training programs. There are currently two main organizations that evaluate and accredit schools in HVAC across the country: HVAC Excellence and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). To learn how programs are approved, please review the websites for the agencies or the detailed accreditation section of the HVAC programs homepage.
Ivy Tech Community College
There is one school with several campuses across Indiana that has received HVAC Excellence accreditation. The Ivy Tech Community College has campuses in Kokomo, South Bend, Evansville, Bloomington, Lafayette, Terre Haute, and Muncie. Ivy Tech provides a 21-credit certificate, a 31- to 32-credit technical certificate, and a 60-credit associate of applied science (AAS) program in HVAC.
The program includes laboratory-based classes, where students can work on air conditioning and furnace equipment. The experience allows them to become skilled in installing equipment, charging A/C units, and troubleshooting equipment problems. Students also learn about systems that conserve energy such as thermal storage, solar thermal, geothermal, HVAC building automation systems, and air and hot water zoning systems.
The HVAC certificate includes courses such as introduction to HVAC; heating fundamentals; refrigeration; electrical circuits and controls; heating service; and introduction to electricity. The technical certificate includes all of the above courses, with the addition of duct fabrication & installation.
The associate of applied science degree includes all the above-mentioned courses, with the addition of workplace communication; English composition; applied technical mathematics; chemistry; introductory physics; earth science; science of traditional and alternative energy; green awareness (capstone); and student success in technology.
Students who graduate from this program can work in various settings as HVAC contractors. Some of these include stores, school systems, nursing homes, residential and commercial complexes, and more.
- Location: Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Lafayette, Muncie, Richmond, Sellersburg, South Bend / Elkhart, Terre Haute, Valparaiso, IN
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence; Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Certificate (two to three semesters); technical certificate (two to three semesters); associate of applied science degree (four semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: In-state ($149.55 per credit); out-of-state ($292.57 per credit)
Fortis College in Indianapolis, IN offers the HVAC/R program, preparing students for entry-level employment in the HVAC industry. Students in this HVAC/R program are trained in running computerized diagnostics to tackle systems such as gas heaters, heat pumps, ventilating systems, commercial refrigerators, and air conditioners.
To qualify for admissions, in most cases, students must be high school graduates or hold their equivalent and will be required to complete a personal information sheet.
The program’s faculty includes experienced instructors, who teach students to manage and troubleshoot ventilation systems. The practical skills students gain in the lab will help them operate a wide range of heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. As HVAC/R technicians, graduates will maintain a comfortable and healthy environment in residential and commercial buildings of all kinds. They will be able to apply principles and theories learned in lab and class settings to develop, select, operate, and test HVAC equipment.
- Location: Indianapolis, IN
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: 24 months
- Estimated Tuition: $19,202
AC/C TECH is also located in Indianapolis and offers a technical certificate in HVAC maintenance technology with career-ready preparation in five areas: gas furnace maintenance, electric furnace maintenance, air conditioning maintenance, EPA technician certification, and heat pump maintenance. This hybrid program (i.e., online and in-person) comprises 200 hours of technical training; 110 hours of online coursework; 40 hours of hands-on training with experienced HVAC instructors; and 50 hours of on-the-job experience through a matched employer.
Additionally, AC/C TECH offers an AAS degree in residential & apartment technology. Consisting of 28 courses and three workshops, the program includes 1,144 hours of specialized technical training. It folds in all courses from the above certificate program and courses such as range maintenance, refrigerator maintenance, dishwasher maintenance, washer maintenance, dryer maintenance, general wiring maintenance, gas furnace maintenance, and general plumbing maintenance, and mold remediation.
- Location: Indianapolis, IN
- Accreditation: The institution is not accredited, but authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS (1,144 hours); Certificate (400 hours)
- Estimated Tuition: AAS ($4,900); Certificate ($1,500)
For some residents of Indiana, attending an HVAC program may be difficult due to time or distance restrictions. Luckily, residents of Indiana may qualify for one of the many online training programs in this field. To learn more about the web-based options, please check out the online HVAC training page.