Accredited HVAC Schools in St. Louis, MO
Aspiring HVAC workers can also obtain a formal degree or pursue a certificate in HVAC. Currently, two main organizations offer accreditation for local HVAC programs: the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) and HVAC Excellence.
As of November 2020, there was one PAHRA-accredited program in MO (Linn State Technical College) and four HVAC Excellence-accredited programs (Hillyard Technical Center, Jefferson College, Ozarks Technical Community College, and State Technical College of Missouri). These programs are aimed at high school juniors and seniors, who are interested in getting into the trade.
Jefferson College is included in the list below because of its accreditation.
American Trade School
American Trade School offers a heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technician diploma and an associate of occupational studies (AOS) degree program in HVAC. These programs provide graduates with the knowledge and practical expertise in HVAC/R maintenance, service, and installation, and prepares them for entry-level employment.
The diploma program comprises 66 quarter credit-hours of theory and associated lab instruction in the areas of HVAC/R, refrigeration, electrical theory, heat pumps, residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning, residential and light commercial installation, boilers, and piping.
The AOS degree program in HVAC is made up of 103.5 quarter credit-hours. It includes courses such as electricity, introduction to refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, residential installation, residential energy management systems, geothermal and air source heat pump and controls, and advanced troubleshooting, among others.
These HVAC programs have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, St. Louis Chapter.
- Location: Saint Ann, MO
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Diploma (60 weeks); AOS degree (90 weeks)
- Estimated Tuition: Diploma ($18,000); AOS ($27,000)
Jefferson College offers a technician certificate, an installer certificate, and an associate of applied science degree in HVAC/R technology. These programs prepare students to take up jobs in the highly technical and rapidly growing field of HVAC. Upon graduation, students can take up roles such as maintenance mechanics, sheet metal workers, or HVAC installers. The program allows students to take several industry-recognized tests showcasing their employment readiness. The curriculum involves traditional HVAC/R technology training and new industry trends such as mini-split systems and solar hot water. The department has three labs each set up to be used for several different topics.
Comprising 23 to 25 credit-hours the installer certificate. It includes courses such as principles of refrigeration, electricity for HVAC, refrigeration and A/C mechanical systems, sizing, & installation for HRA, piping design, customer relations and record-keeping, and sheet metal design, sizing & installation for HRA.
The technician certificate consists of 52 to 54 credit-hours. All courses earned in the installer certificate can be applied towards this technician certificate. Additional coursework includes topics such as introduction to international mechanical code, residential gas heating systems, duct, envelope testing, and leakage detection, electric and hydronic heat, advanced electricity for HVAC, residential air conditioning systems, commercial refrigeration systems, and heat pumps and mini-splits.
The associate of applied science degree is made up of 70 to 72 credit-hours. All courses from both the certificates are included in this program. Additionally, students also study general education courses such as social or behavioral sciences, communications, computer literacy, and industrial math.
- Location: Hillsboro, MO
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: Installer certificate (one year); technician certificate (2 years); AAS (two to three years)
- 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)
Lastly, for those interested in distance-based education, there are some online HVAC programs as well.