Accredited HVAC Schools in Maryland (MD)
Community College of Baltimore County
For those interested in a more traditional college degree program, the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) offers several HVAC programs. These programs are designed to prepare students for careers in HVAC and related energy technologies industries.
The college offers the following programs:
- An associate of applied science degree in HVAC
- Advanced HVAC and Energy Technology certificate
- Basic HVAC and Energy Technology certificate
- Building Automation Systems certificate
The advanced HVAC and energy technology certificate is made up of 13 credit-hours and includes courses such as residential load calculations and air distribution, EPA refrigeration certification, advanced HVAC electricity, commercial control systems, and alternative and renewable energy sources.
The 17 credit-hour basic HVAC and energy technology certificate includes courses such as fundamentals of refrigeration, HVAC/R safety, tools and methods, EPA refrigeration certification, comfort cooling systems, basic HVAC electricity, and heating systems.
The building automation systems (BAS) certificate consists of 26 credit-hours. Some of the courses in the curriculum include commercial control systems, commercial HVAC systems, construction blueprint reading, introduction to data communications, advanced HVAC electricity, and basic HVAC electricity.
Finally, the AAS degree program comprises 60 credit-hours, including all courses from the basic HVAC and energy tech certificate, with additional coursework in construction blueprint reading, residential load calculations and air distribution, fundamentals of communication, advanced HVAC electricity, and finite mathematics and modeling, among others.
Students through these programs are trained to identify and work with advanced HVAC systems, design heating and cooling systems for residential and commercial use, use appropriate servicing methods, and understand the cycle of refrigeration.
- Location: Baltimore, MD
- Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Expected Time to Completion: Certificates (two semesters); AAS (four semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: Baltimore County, Maryland residents, in-county ($122 per credit-hour); Maryland residents, in-state, out-of-county ($241 per credit-hour)
North American Trade Schools
North American Trade Schools heating, refrigeration, ventilation, and air conditioning technology program provides students with entry-level skills and HVAC/R training for repairing and installing heating, refrigeration, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment. The focus of the program is on metal fabricating, installing, diagnosing, and repairing HVAC/R equipment systems, HVAC/R electrical requirements, understanding of HVAC/R accessories and parts, and ductwork.
Comprising 68 credit-hours, the program curriculum includes courses such as practical HVAC applications, electricity for HVAC, heating systems and heat pumps, basic cooling systems, service and install concepts, air systems and planned maintenance, print reading, and sheet metal to name a few.
On successful completion, graduates will receive the EPA 608 Certificate and other specialty certifications valued in the field. They will gain a fundamental understanding of HVAC/R. Graduates will be ready to take up positions such as parts and counter person, building maintenance, air conditioning installation and service technician, furnace installer, including sheet metal fabricating and refrigeration technician.
- Location: Baltimore, MD
- Accreditation: ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges)
- Expected Time to Completion: 40 weeks
- Estimated Tuition: $18,418
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln College of Technology offers a lower division certificate program in air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating technology with day and evening classes available. The primary objective of this program is to introduce students to green technology and how it can be applied to HVAC systems. Students also learn about refrigerant recovery and recycling and are encouraged to take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exam.
This 45 credit-hour program includes courses such as electricity, introduction to climate control systems, basic refrigeration systems, air conditioning design and layout, air conditioning systems, commercial refrigeration control, warm air heating, commercial/industrial refrigeration and air conditioning lab, and energy efficiency and green technology systems. After completing this certificate, graduates will be qualified to seek entry-level positions as technicians.
Students through this program will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to troubleshoot, repair, and service residential and commercial indoor HVAC air management systems. Graduates who have additional experience may eventually be able to take up independent work projects, or supervise other technicians or teams, or start their own HVAC business.
- Location: Columbia, MD
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Day (40 weeks); evening (74 weeks)
- Estimated Tuition: $23,220