Accredited HVAC Schools in Montana
It is important to mention that it is common practice now for many aspiring HVAC technicians to enroll in accredited programs, which generally last between six months and two years.
As of July 2021, two main organizations offer accreditation to HVAC programs: HVAC Excellence and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). HVACRedu.net currently offers the only HVAC Excellence-accredited program in the state. No programs in Montana are currently accredited by PAHRA.
HVAC technicians have the option to complete an online program offered through HVACRedu, located in Heron. This program prepares students to become NATE-certified technicians.
Nate certification will help you in increasing your earning potential and job demand. Technicians who have earned this certification are preferred among customers, delivering reduced warranty returns, fewer callbacks, and higher billable efficiency.
The program comprises 256 or more instructional hours. As part of the program, students will delve into topics such as HVAC/R applied math, building systems, basic hand & power tools, introduction to HVAC systems, customer service & sales skills, electrical common components, electrical motors, air properties & measurement, refrigeration cycle service procedures, introduction to cooling system troubleshooting, and much more.
- Location: Heron, MT
- Accreditation: N/A
- Expected Time to Completion: 256 or more instructional hours
- Estimated Tuition: $2,665
Gallatin College, MSU
Gallatin College of Montana State University offers a certificate as well as an associate of applied science degree preparing students to work as HVAC/R installers or technicians. Combining hands-on training with classroom instruction, these programs teach students about the theoretical, procedural, and technical aspects of working in this HVAC/R industry where they will initially focus on residential systems and then advance to commercial systems and new technology.
Some of the topics students will delve into would include Introduction to interpersonal communication, introduction to electricity, introduction to HVAC/R, OSHA 10 safety training for construction trades, HVAC-R electrical, HVAC systems, blueprint reading & wiring schematics, HVAC installation & sheet metal fabrication, and welding, brazing and pipe joining, among others.
Graduates will be able to interpret blueprint plans, properly utilize brazing, pipe-joining, and welding techniques, comprehend parallel and series circuit systems, troubleshoot, maintain, and repair HVAC/R equipment, gain proper understanding and knowledge of control systems, and develop professional communication skills.
- Location: Bozeman, MT
- Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Expected Time to Completion: Certificate (one year); AAS (two years)
- Estimated Tuition: 109.15 per credit
Flathead Valley Community College
Flathead Valley Community College’s HVAC certificate program is designed for working apprentices who wish to become certified HVAC professionals. All courses in this program are taught on campus preparing students for the NATE certification exam.
Consisting of 28 credits, the program includes courses such as introduction to electricity, electric motors & generators, HVAC fundamentals, HVAC electrical, boiler operator certification, HVAC systems, and HVAC refrigeration, among others.
Graduates of the program will be ready to work as HVAC technicians, facility maintenance technicians, or refrigeration specialists. Experience in this field may also lead to self-employment or management opportunities.
- Location: Kalispell, MT
- Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Expected Time to Completion: Two years or five semesters
- Estimated Tuition: In-district ($129.70 per credit); out-of-district ($179.20 per credit); out-of-state ($385.70 per credit)