Accredited HVAC Schools in Tennessee
There’s fantastic news for aspiring HVAC professionals in Tennessee: this state boasts an impressive 18 programs accredited by HVAC Excellence, one of two accrediting organizations for HVAC programs in the US. The other accreditation agency is the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). As of September 2020, there were no PAHRA-accredited programs in TN. More information about the accreditation process and criteria is available on those programs’ websites or the HVAC programs homepage.
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is the single institution with HVAC Excellence accreditation and boasts campuses in Covington, Memphis, Morristown, Nashville, Whiteville, Jackson, Surgoinsville, Clarksville, Crump, Crossville, Dickson, Elizabethton, Knoxville, Newbern, Pulaski, Shelbyville, Chattanooga, and Mckenzie.
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
At the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Knoxville campus), there is a 16-month HVAC technician diploma program for aspiring commercial refrigeration and air conditioning technicians. It comprises 1,296 clock hours of instruction and experience in dealing with residential and commercial air conditioning systems, refrigeration, heat pumps, electric and gas heating, solar and hydronic heating, ice machines, and humidifiers.
Courses include technology foundations, refrigeration fundamentals, an introduction to system service, basic automatic controls, carbon monoxide, commercial refrigeration, electricity and controls I and II, introduction to system service, and green awareness.
Other programs include certificates in HVAC mechanic assistance (432 clock hours) and domestic unit repair (864 clock hours), as well as a diploma in HVAC/R technician (1,728 clock hours).
Students in these programs are prepared for entry-level employment in the HVAC/R industry. They learn to install or repair HVAC/R systems, including hot-air furnaces, heating stoves, and oil burners. Program graduates will be well-equipped to install and braze refrigeration tubing, detect electrical problems, install duct systems, repair light commercial equipment, locate leaks and repair them, and recover air conditioning and refrigerants.
- Location: Knoxville, TN
- Accreditation: Commission of the Council on Occupational Education; HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: 16 months
- Estimated Tuition: $5,273
Chattanooga State Community College
For HVAC professionals in TN seeking slightly cheaper and more accelerated training, Chattanooga State Community College provides a one-year diploma program which costs $4,705 total.
Courses at CSCC include refrigeration fundamentals, tools and equipment, electricity and controls, basic automatic controls, domestic appliances, heating units, general safety, all-weather systems, electric motors, and preparation for the EPA Section 608 and HVAC Excellence Gas/Heat Pump certifications.
The program provides a combination of practical learning experiences and classroom learning, including topics such as mechanical theory application, maintenance, and operation of basic and advanced HVAC/R systems. Students also learn about varying gas, heating, oil, solar, electric, and heat pump systems.
Impressively, this program has 88 percent job placement. Graduates of the program can take up roles such as HVAC/R industrial maintenance technician, HVAC/R commercial service technician, HVAC/R residential service technician, and HVAC/R technicians helper.
- Location: Chattanooga, TN
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
- Expected Time to Completion: 12 months
- Estimated Tuition: $4,705
Remington College (Memphis College campus) offers a heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) diploma program and a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning associate degree program.
These programs provide training in HVAC systems, demonstrating hands-on skills needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot complex HVAC/R systems.
The diploma consists of 59 quarter-credits. It includes courses such as career development fundamentals, career development principles, basic refrigeration theory, basic electricity, motors and motor control, residential heating, introduction to air conditioning and major components, commercial refrigeration systems, and fundamentals of HVAC maintenance, among others.
The degree program is made up of 95 quarter-credits. It includes all courses from the diploma, with additional coursework in business applications, small business principles, small business basics, recordkeeping and financial statement basics, introduction to psychology, oral communication, college algebra, and English composition.
The objective of these programs is to prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the HVAC industry, such as in residential heating and cooling, commercial or industrial heating and cooling, and residential, commercial, or industrial refrigeration and freezers, and to introduce them to the basic concepts of starting and/or managing a small business.
Upon completion, students can look for career opportunities at contracting companies, refrigeration appliance installation and repair, manufacturers, residential and commercial HVAC, residential/light commercial heating, cooling, and refrigeration, and commercial freight and air conditioning.
- Location: Memphis, TN
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Diploma (12 months); degree (24 months)
- Estimated Tuition: $21,520 per year
Northeast State Community College
Northeast State Community College offers a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) certificate program preparing students for a career in the HVAC industry. Students in this program learn to maintain, troubleshoot, and install HVAC equipment. The program also provides instruction in industrial safety and electrical applications.
The program is made up of 30 credit-hours and includes courses such as an introduction to electricity, mechanical transmissions, hydraulics and pneumatics I, refrigeration and air conditioning I, II, and III, safety in the workplace, and millwright principles.
- Location: Blountville, TN
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Expected Time to Completion: 30 weeks
- Estimated Tuition: $5,232
Lastly, for TN’s rural residents or those with unbreakable time commitments, there are various distance-based programs available. To discover all of the e-learning open to residents of this state, please visit the online HVAC programs page.