Accredited HVAC Schools in Mississippi
Future students should also recognize that it is becoming increasingly common for aspiring HVAC technicians to complete six-month to two-year programs in Mississippi that have received accreditation. As of this writing, two main organizations offer accreditation for HVAC programs in Mississippi: the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), and HVAC Excellence.
Northwest Mississippi Community College has PAHRA accreditation, and Delta Technical College has HVAC Excellence accreditation (both these programs have been profiled in the list below). As of February 2021, these were the only programs accredited by these two entities in the state.
Northwest Mississippi Community College
Aspiring HVAC technicians who would rather complete a shorter program (if not an apprenticeship) may instead wish to consider pursuing an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in HVAC or a vocational certificate program at PAHRA-accredited Northwest Mississippi Community College of Senatobia. These programs include technical courses that are offered both at night and during the day preparing students to begin working as technicians upon graduation.
Students acquiring an AAS must obtain the universal EPA certification before graduation, while students acquiring the certificate must obtain Type I and II EPA certification. Students in these programs will also complete NCCER certifications.
The AAS degree program is made up of 60 credits, while the certificate requires 45 semester-credits. Sample some of the courses in the curriculum: Basic compression refrigeration, refrigeration system components, electricity for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, brazing and piping, heating systems, and refrigerant, retrofit, and regulations, among others.
Students in these programs will be prepared to work in private firms or engineering departments where they would install, maintain, and operate HVAC/R systems. Both these programs prepare students in becoming entry-level technicians working in residential or commercial settings. Students learn to design ductwork, assemble, install, service, operate, and maintain heating and cooling systems according to the standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc., Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute).
- Location: Senatobia, MS
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; PAHRA
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS (four semesters); certificate (two semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: $145 per credit
Delta Technical College
Delta Technical College in Horn Lake and Ridgeland boasts the only HVAC Excellence-accredited program in MS. This HVAC/R–MAR (Refrigeration and Major Appliance Repair) Technician Program prepares students in installing, repairing, and maintaining HVAC/R units. The program is a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training in a lab. The faculty of the program includes instructors who have real-world experience.
Comprising 28 credits, the program includes courses such as air conditioning, basic electricity, heat pumps and electric heat, gas heat, major appliance repair, employment and certification readiness, and indoor air quality.
The HVAC/R training provided to students at Delta Technical College offers them the workforce training that is needed for developing the knowledge and skills necessary for entering the HVAC/R industry at the entry-level. Graduates will be able to take up roles such as equipment and duct installer, apartment maintenance technician, service technician, sales representative, field service representative, refrigeration mechanic, and commercial maintenance. Some might even go for self-employment.
- Location: Horn Lake, MS; Ridgeland, MS
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC); HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: Nine months
- Estimated Tuition: $14,413
Hinds Community College
Hinds Community College offers a career certificate, a technical certificate, and an associate of applied science degree in HVAC/R technology. Students in these programs will learn to install, maintain, and repair small as well as medium HVAC/R systems. The instruction provided here will prepare them to work in commercial and residential settings where they can perform tasks according to the industry standards.
The career certificate comprises 30 credits while the technical certificate is made up of 45 credits. The AAS degree program requires students to complete 60 to 61 credits. The curriculum includes courses such as introduction to heating and air conditioning technology, basic compression refrigeration, brazing and piping, controls, heating systems, commercial refrigeration, heat load, and air properties, and electricity for HVACR, among others.
- Location: Raymond, MS
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Career certificate (12 months); technical certificate (18 months); AAS (24 months)
- Estimated Tuition: Mississippi residents ($125 per credit); non-Mississippi residents ($250 per credit)
Itawamba Community College
Itawamba Community College’s associate of applied science in heating & air conditioning technology is an instructional program that prepares students to install, maintain, and operate air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems. Also, the program has additional credentials available, including Universal EPA Certification, NCEER, and NATE.
Consisting of 60 to 61 credits, the program involves courses in fundamentals of electricity/electronics, introduction to heating and air conditioning technology, basic compression refrigeration, electricity for heating/ventilation, A/C and refrigeration, brazing and piping, heating systems, heat load, and air properties, commercial refrigeration, and controls, among others.
Graduates of the program will be ready to take positions such as service technician, installer, or maintenance technician in residential HVAC companies, engineering departments, commercial HVAC companies, private firms, restaurant equipment service, and self-employment.
- Location: Belden, MS
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Expected Time to Completion: Four semesters
- Estimated Tuition: In-state ($1,450 per semester); out-of-State ($2,550 per semester)