Accredited HVAC Schools in Rochester
Some aspiring HVAC workers in Rochester complete a certificate or degree from an accredited program, which generally takes between six months and two years. Currently, two main organizations offer accreditation for local HVAC programs: the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) and HVAC Excellence. Prospective HVAC professionals are advised to look at the websites of both of these organizations to develop a thorough understanding of the accreditation process.
There is one PAHRA-accredited program available in Rochester through Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning, which boasts a four-year education program (two years of HVAC education, two years of specialized training) with a state-of-the-art technician lab; 21 education modules; and preparation for various NATE certifications.
HVAC excellence does not accredit any programs in Rochester. However, it has one program in Saratoga Springs and is included in the list below because of its accreditation.
Monroe Community College
Professionals who wish to obtain an education in a formal academic program have the option of pursuing an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree through Monroe Community College, which is affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The college also offers a heating, ventilating, and air conditioning certificate program.
The certificate program is made up of 31 to 32 credit-hours. It includes courses such as basic refrigeration theory, air conditioning theory, heating systems, commercial air conditioning and heat pumps, electric and motor controls, HVAC workplace training, preparatory physics, mathematics elective, and additional HVAC electives.
The air conditioning technology associate degree consists of 61 to 64 credit-hours. Apart from courses in the certificate program,it includes additional coursework in introduction to technical mathematics, college composition, personal money management, introduction to sociology, and public speaking, among others.
Graduates of these programs will be able to install new HVAC/R equipment, test and adjust HVAC/R equipment, service and maintain HVAC/R equipment, detect malfunctions and also repair equipment, design, and size HVAC/R systems, and interpret electrical wiring diagrams for HVAC/R systems. They will be able to take up roles such as preventative maintenance mechanic, installation or service technician, service representative, construction field estimator, systems detailer or designer, and sales representative.
- Location: Rochester, New York
- Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- Expected Time to Completion: Certificate (two semesters); AAS (four semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: New York State resident ($196 per credit-hour); non-resident ($392 per credit-hour)
Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development
Those interested in a new career in HVAC (but don’t wish to commit to a full undergraduate degree) can take up training at the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Center for Workforce Development. This institute provides a 20-week (600-hour) training program for aspiring HVAC workers. The program requires students to take courses Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:00. This program also prepares graduates for the EPA Section 608 examination, among other credentialing exams.
Students through the program learn to properly and safely install, repair, troubleshoot, and service both, residential and light commercial HVAC systems. Upon completion, students can take up opportunities such as an HVAC salesperson, air conditioning technician, HVAC installer, HVAC service technician, or HVAC mechanic.
For admission, students require a high school diploma or its equivalent, the ability to lift 50 pounds of weight, and a valid driver’s license.
- Location: Rochester, New York
- Accreditation: Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
- Expected Time to Completion: 20 weeks
- Estimated Tuition: $7,700
A division of the WSWHE BOCES – Career and Technical Education offers an HVAC program at par with industry standards and requirements. Students are trained in areas such as installing, maintaining, repairing, and servicing of HVAC/R systems and equipment in both residential as well as commercial applications. The program also prepares students for the EPA section 608 certification.
The curriculum consists of topics such as blueprint reading, safety and environment, electrical principles, piping principles and practices, electric motors, refrigeration principles and practices, air conditioning principles and practices, heating principles and practices, commercial refrigeration, commercial plumbing, residential plumbing, residential wiring, and trade-related carpentry, among others.
Upon successful completion, students will qualify to work as entry-level electrician, HVAC installer, HVAC technician, plumber, commercial technician, job estimator, and service manager.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in an internship program. It will help them apply their knowledge to real world problems and gain valuable skills.
- Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: Two years
- Estimated Tuition: Not available