HVAC Training Programs in New Hampshire
Before beginning work as an HVAC technician, mechanic, or installer in NH, a person must receive appropriate training. Currently, two main entities are responsible for accrediting HVAC schools nationwide: HVAC Excellence and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). There are no programs in NH accredited by either of these two organizations as of October 2021.
Manchester Community College
Manchester Community College offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree program in HVAC technology. As part of the curricula, students receive preparation for several certifications such as the EPA Section 608, NORA Bronze, OSHA 10, and State of NH Piping Installer’s exam. Apart from an associate of applied science (AAS) degree, Manchester Community College also offers the following certificates: advanced HVAC certificate, air conditioning/refrigeration certificate, heating services certificate, and an HVAC certificate.
The advanced HVAC certificate is made up of 20 credits. It includes courses such as testing and balancing, DDC and building automation controls, and advanced HVAC.
The air conditioning/refrigeration certificate consists of 26 credits. Courses include electricity (theory and lab), the fundamentals of refrigeration (theory and lab), residential and commercial air conditioning and heat pumps (theory and lab), and commercial refrigeration (theory and lab).
The heating services certificate comprises 30 credits. Coursework includes topics such as related electricity, fundamentals of heating, fundamentals of gas heating and piping installation, hydronic systems, and warm air and steam systems.
The HVAC certificate program requires the completion of 48 credits. The curriculum of this program includes courses from all the certificates mentioned above and takes five semesters to complete.
Finally, the AAS degree comprising 67 credits includes coursework similar to that of the air conditioning/refrigeration and heating services certificate, with the addition of introduction to HVAC systems, MCC essentials, college composition, and other electives.
Students who graduate from this program will be able to read and interpret electrical diagrams, design and install HVAC systems, diagnose and repair faults, perform maintenance on HVAC systems, and demonstrate positive work traits and good customer skills. They can take up opportunities as HVAC contractors, fuel providers, property management companies, gas utilities, manufacturers, hospitals, and system design.
- Location: Manchester, NH
- Accreditation: New England Commission of Higher Education
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS degree, air conditioning/refrigeration certificate, HVAC certificate, and heating services certificate (two years); advanced HVAC certificates (one year)
- Estimated Tuition: $215 per credit
New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades
The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades—also in Manchester—provides several certificate courses. For example, one of its 120-hour HVAC courses focuses on residential and commercial air conditioning units with preparation for the EPA Section 608 certification; another 120-class focuses on becoming an oil heat technician and provides preparation for the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) certification exam.
For a more comprehensive course, aspiring HVAC workers might consider the 120-hour HVAC/R program or the 240-hour HVAC and oil heat technician combo course.
The air conditioning course focuses on residential and light commercial air conditioning units and is designed for students who have little or no experience but desire a career in the HVAC industry.
The oil heat technician course has been developed over several years to provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding required towards becoming qualified technicians in the oil heat industry. This course is designed to instruct students in the proper and safe operation of the equipment.
- Location: Manchester, NH; Hampton, NH
- Expected Time to Completion: Air conditioning technician course and oil heat technician course (15 weeks); air conditioning tech, day course, and oil heat technician, day course (8 weeks); A/C and oil heat combo (25 weeks); A/C and oil heat combo, day course (14 weeks)
- Estimated Tuition: Air conditioning technician courses and oil heat technician courses ($2,300); combo courses ($4,200)
Granite State Trade School
Lastly, the Granite State Trade School in Raymond not only provides distance-based learning but also has a two-year, on-campus evening course comprising 300 hours. Course content includes installation and repair of HVAC/R equipment, thermodynamics, maintenance practices, meters, tools, and measuring devices, refrigerant cycle, control systems, furnaces, condensers, heat pumps, general customer service, split systems, and more. It costs $6,800 in total, making it one of the more affordable four-semester programs in the country.
This in-person 300-hour certificate includes topics such as introduction to HVAC/R trade, energy efficiency, fundamentals, basic sizing techniques, commercial air conditioning and refrigeration, psychometrics, systems & components, adjusting and balancing techniques, heat pump systems and components, geothermal heat pumps, and air-source heat pumps, among others.
The highly experienced skilled instructors can help students achieve their career and educational objectives, whether they are licensed professionals looking for continuing education classes, or wish to start a career in the field. They will train with the best lab facilities, and also be provided with valuable on-the-job training that prepares them for real role challenges.
- Location: Raymond, NH
- Expected Time to Completion: Two years
- Estimated Tuition: $1,700 per semester; Total certificate cost ($6,800)
For prospective HVAC students in NH, attending an on-campus program can be difficult, particularly for people living in more remote regions of the state. Luckily there are some e-learning opportunities available. To learn about the distance-based training options available, check out the online HVAC schools page.