When choosing a school, it is essential to determine if it is accredited and by which organization. Accreditation is a process in which an independent agency evaluates the quality of the program, which includes both the curriculum and the instructors. HVAC Excellence, for example, has accredited several campuses of Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), the other predominant accrediting agencies for these schools has not currently approved a school in Tennessee.
William Moore College of Technology
Moore Tech is a private vocational school. The HVAC programs are available for day or night attendees. Daytime students can earn a diploma or an associate’s degree of applied technology (AAT) in HVAC. Students enrolled in night classes receive a certificate. All students attend classroom lectures coupled with hands-on practice in labs furnished with modern equipment.
The diploma or AAT degree consists of 72 credit-hours, while the HVAC/R certificate program is made up of 18 credit-hours. The curriculum includes electricity, domestic and commercial HVAC, and commercial refrigeration.
The objective of the program is to provide students with a working knowledge in the field of air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration. Graduates have a working knowledge of equipment and systems and may be qualified to enter the job market.
- Location: Memphis, TN
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
- Expected Time to Completion: Two years
- Estimated Tuition: Full-time students per trimester ($2,070); part-time students per trimester ($1,235); nighttime students per trimester ($900)
The Memphis, TN campus of Remington College offers a diploma in HVAC and an associate in occupational studies degree in HVAC. Combining classroom education with hands-on training, these hybrid programs provide training in HVAC systems. Students develop hands-on skills needed for successfully maintaining and troubleshooting complex HVAC/R systems. The college emphasizes the importance of obtaining the EPA 608 certification and prepares students to take the exam.
The HVAC diploma program is made up of 59 academic quarter credit-hours, and includes courses such as career development principles, basic refrigeration theory, career development fundamentals, motors and motor control, basic electricity, introduction to air conditioning and major components, residential heating, fundamentals of HVAC maintenance, and commercial refrigeration systems, among others.
The associate in occupational studies degree in HVAC consists of 95 academic quarter credit-hours. It includes all courses from the diploma, with additional courses such as small business principles, business applications, introduction to psychology, recordkeeping and financial statement basics, college algebra, oral communication, small business basics, and English composition.
These programs prepare graduates for entry-level positions in the HVAC industry, such as in commercial or industrial heating and cooling, residential heating and cooling, and residential, commercial, or industrial refrigeration and freezers, and introduces them to the basic concepts of starting or managing a small business.
On successful completion of the program, graduates can take up opportunities at manufacturers, contracting companies, residential or light commercial heating, refrigeration appliance installation and repair, cooling, and refrigeration, commercial freight and air conditioning, and residential and commercial HVAC.
- Location: Memphis, TN
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Diploma (12 months); degree (24 months)
- Estimated Tuition: $30,804
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Memphis campus offers HVAC certificates and diplomas. The HVAC mechanic assistant and domestic unit repairer are the two certificate programs. The diploma programs include an HVAC technician diploma and HVAC/R technician diploma.
These programs prepare students to work in a variety of jobs in the field of HVAC/R. They are prepared in troubleshooting, repairing, and maintaining commercial and residential HVAC/R, heat pumps, gas and electrical heating, and humidifiers. They also learn about the fundamentals of electric motors, controls, and electricity.
Graduates will be able to braze and install refrigeration tubing, install duct systems, diagnose electrical problems, recover air conditioning and refrigeration refrigerants, repair light commercial equipment, and locate and repair leaks. Depending on the program selected, they also can receive training in electric, gas, solar, and hydronic heating equipment and systems.
The HVAC mechanic assistant certificate consists of 432 clock hours, and the domestic unit repair certificate comprises 864 clock hours. The HVAC diploma is made up of 1296 clock hours, while the HVAC/R diploma is made up of 1728 clock hours.
Students are prepared for entry-level employment in the HVAC/R industry. They learn the basics of residential and commercial HVAC systems, heat pumps, humidifiers, and ice machines.
- Location: Memphis, TN
- Accreditation: Commission of the Council on Occupational Education; HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: 16 months
- Estimated Tuition: $6,230