Accredited HVAC Schools in Missouri
Fortunately for aspiring HVAC professionals in MO, there is an abundance of accredited training schools in the state. The two main program-approval entities nationwide are HVAC Excellence and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). Interested students are encouraged to check out those websites or the HVAC programs homepage to learn about how programs are accredited.
State Technical College of Missouri
The State Technical College of Missouri with a campus in Linn provides a competitive AAS program in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology. The program prepares its students to install and maintain air conditioning units, high-efficiency furnaces, air-source heat pumps, and geothermal heat pumps that save energy in residential and commercial settings.
The unique curriculum of this program provides hands-on learning to students in the form of lab work, where they learn how to work with wiring, controls, and electrical motors, and perform repairs and diagnosis. To enhance their learning further, they take up a summer internship.
Consisting of 72 credit-hours, the program involves courses such as fundamentals of refrigeration & air conditioning, electrical fundamentals, residential & commercial heating & cooling, commercial refrigeration, and sheet metal duct fabrication.
Students develop technical knowledge in servicing and repairing HVAC/R equipment, effective communication and interpersonal skills, and working knowledge of the safety standards as related to the HVAC/R field.
- Location: Linn, MO
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence; Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
- Expected Time to Completion: Two to three years
- Estimated Tuition: In-state ($181 per credit-hour); non-resident ($362 per credit-hour)
Jefferson College offers an associate of applied science degree, an installer certificate, and a technician certificate in heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning technology. These programs prepare students for employment as installers or technicians in the fast-growing HVAC field. This HVAC Excellence-accredited program allows its students to take various industry-recognized tests showcasing their employment readiness.
The curriculum includes a range of traditional HVAC/R technology training and new industry trends such as solar hot water and mini-split systems. The department has three labs each set up to be used for several different topics.
The installer certificate is made up of 23 to 25 credit-hours. It includes courses such as electricity for HVAC, principles of refrigeration, refrigeration and A/C mechanical systems, piping design, sizing, & installation for HRA, customer relations and record-keeping, and sheet metal design, sizing & installation for HRA.
The technician certificate comprises 52 to 54 credit-hours, including all of the above-mentioned courses, with the addition of an introduction to international mechanical code, duct, envelope testing, and leakage detection, residential gas heating systems, electric and hydronic heat, residential air conditioning systems, advanced electricity for HVAC, heat pumps and mini-splits, and commercial refrigeration systems.
The associate of applied science degree consists of 70 to 72 credit-hours and includes all courses from both the certificates mentioned above. Additionally, students also study general education courses such as communications, social/behavioral sciences, industrial math, and computer literacy.
Upon graduation, students can take up roles such as HVAC installers, maintenance mechanics, or sheet metal workers.
- Location: Hillsboro, MO
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS (two to three years); technician certificate (2=two years); Installer Certificate (one year)
- Estimated Tuition: In-district – Jefferson County ($112 per credit-hour); out-of-district/in-state ($168 per credit-hour); out-of-state ($224 per credit-hour)
Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College located in Kansas City offers an AAS degree in HVAC and the following three certificate programs: HVAC Advanced Certificate, HVAC Certificate, and an Energy Efficiency Certificate.
Students can expect to learn about installing, servicing, and maintaining climate control systems, as well as electrical, electronic, and mechanical components in heating and cooling equipment. They work with the same tools they will use on their job while becoming proficient in installing and maintaining climate control systems in residential and commercial settings.
The AAS degree program is made up of 62 to 64 credit-hours. The coursework includes topics such as residential and commercial heating and air conditioning, systems installation, energy management, geothermal and air source heat pumps, fundamentals of refrigeration, and electricity for HVAC/R technicians, among other subjects. This program also includes general education requirements.
The HVAC advanced certificate consists of 40 to 42 credit-hours, including courses such as commercial refrigeration, sheet metal layout and fabrication, residential heating and air conditioning, systems installation, principles of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and technical mathematics or higher, among other courses.
The HVAC certificate comprises 24 credit-hours. Sample some of the courses: residential heating and air conditioning, principles of HVAC, fundamentals of refrigeration, electricity for HVAC/R technicians, and sheet metal layout and fabrication.
Comprising 41 credit-hours, the energy efficiency certificate provides students with an understanding of stationary engineering, geothermal heat pumps, energy and the environment, entrepreneurship, and energy management, efficiency, and conservation.
These HVAC programs prepare students to take and pass the EPA 608 refrigerant certification and trains them in all areas of HVAC work. Upon completion, students can take up roles such as HVAC service technician, HVAC systems installer, salesperson or service manager, and commercial refrigeration service technician.
- Location: Kansas City, MO
- Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
- Expected Time to Completion: HVAC associate degree (two years); HVAC certificate (one year)
- Estimated Tuition: In-district ($107 per credit-hour); out-of-district ($190 per credit-hour); out-of-state ($246 per credit-hour)
East Central College
East Central College offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree and a certificate of achievement in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Students learn how to install, maintain, and repair HVAC systems and get prepared to work as technicians.
The certificate of achievement comprises 33 credit-hours, and includes courses such as refrigeration recovery/EPA certificate, refrigerant A/C installation I and II, forced air heating I and II, heating and equipment installation I and II, introduction to heating and cooling I and II, and HVAC capstone II.
The AAS degree program consists of 60 credit-hours. Some courses students will study from the certificate of achievement, with the addition of commercial chilled water application, natural sciences, technical writing, mathematical science, and oral communications, among others.
- Location: Union, MO
- Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS (four semesters); Certificate (two semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: In-district ($105 per credit-hour); out-of-district ($151 per credit-hour); out-of-state ($225 per credit-hour)
Lastly, some aspiring HVAC professionals in MO may live in more rural regions of the state or have other scheduling conflicts preventing them from attending an on-campus program. Luckily are distance-based programs available as well, which are discussed on the online HVAC programs page.