Accredited HVAC Schools in Lincoln, NE
Several independent organizations evaluate the curriculum and instruction of HVAC and HVAC/R training programs. The process of evaluation is known as accreditation, and students should ensure that the schools they choose for their training are accredited.
Two industry organizations evaluate HVAC and HVAC/R programs: the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) has not accredited a Nebraska school, but HVAC Excellence has awarded accreditation to Northeast Community College. That school is included in the profiles below due to the accreditation although the commute would probably make relocation necessary for Lincoln students.
Please note that all other featured schools are regionally accredited.
Northeast Community College
The college offers an HVAC degree program that includes classroom lectures and 1,000 hours of lab time for hands-on practice. “Go green” procedures are integral to the coursework. Students also can complete internships with local businesses. The technical curriculum includes instruction in electricity, basic refrigeration principles, sheet metal, HVAC/R controls, residential air conditioning, heating technology, commercial refrigeration, heat pump technology, and commercial HVAC/R.
Students are required to complete general education classes in behavioral science, oral and written communication, mathematics, science/technology, and social science for a total of 78 credit-hours to earn their degree. Students wishing to continue their studies can transfer up to 66 credit-hours from Northeast toward a bachelor’s in technology.
- Location: Norfolk, NE
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence; Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- Tuition: $99 per credit-hour
- Format: On-campus
- Program Length: Two years
Southeast Community College
The SCC offers an HVAC/R degree program in which students spend half of their time in the classroom learning theory and principles and half of their time applying what they have learned with hands-on practice in the lab. Students prepare for the EPA certification exam and the Industry Competency Exam (ICE) as part of their coursework.
The curriculum includes courses in electricity, refrigeration systems, piping practices, hydronic heating, sheet metal fabrication, heat pump systems,
residential installations, residential controls, troubleshooting, commercial HVAC systems, computer essentials, welding, an internship (unpaid on-the-job training), and a cooperative experience (paid on-the-job training).
Additional general education requirements include instruction in communication, English, physics, math, and choices from numerous electives that include philosophy, psychology, economics, geography, and history, among others. Students complete 76 credit-hours of technical coursework and 24 hours of general education classes to earn their degree.
- Location: Milford, NE
- Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
- Tuition: $69.50 per credit-hour
- Format: On-campus
- Program Length: 18 months
Lincoln students may prefer to make the short commute to Omaha for their training. Check this page for information on the nearby Omaha schools.
Finally, students with time or travel constraints may find that an online institution will best meet their needs. More information on accredited online HVAC training programs is available on this site.