Accredited HVAC Schools in Dallas
Prior to becoming an HVAC professional in Dallas, it’s crucial to receive proper training and preparation for the career. There are two main organizations which provide accreditation to HVAC training programs: HVAC Excellence and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). To learn about how each approves institutions and programs, check out the organizations’ websites or the “accreditation” section of the HVAC programs homepage.
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln Tech’s Grand Prairie, TX campus is located in the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It offers an HVAC technology diploma with day, afternoon, and evening classes available. Students in this program will learn about advancements in technology to enhance their HVAC marketability, training, and skills to employers. They are trained in on-campus “GreenHouses” and are taught about energy-auditing techniques.
In this 44.5 credit-hour program, students complete the following coursework: introduction to climate control systems, electricity, basic refrigeration systems, air conditioning systems, air conditioning design and layout, commercial refrigeration control, commercial refrigeration design, warm air heating, and energy efficiency and green technology systems.
The faculty of the program includes experienced instructors who have worked in this industry and want to pass along what they know. The curriculum teaches students to work with commercial refrigeration control systems, repair and replace compressors, handle refrigerant piping, and plot air conditioners with psychrometric charts.
Graduates of this program can pursue several certifications, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 and can qualify for employment in entry-level positions.
- Location: Grand Prairie, TX
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges; HVAC Excellence
- Expected Time to Completion: 47 weeks
- Estimated Tuition: $23,220
This PAHRA-accredited program in nearby Wichita Falls at Vernon College offers an associate in applied science degree in HVAC, an HVAC occupational skills award program, and an HVAC level certificate program. These programs are offered through a combination of hands-on training in the lab and classroom lectures.
The 12 credit-hour heat, ventilation, and air conditioning occupational skills award program includes courses such as basic electricity or basic electrical theory, air conditioning control principles, and refrigeration principles.
The certificate program is made up of 36 credit-hours and involves the same coursework as the award program, and adds the following courses: residential air conditioning, gas and electric heating, advanced air conditioning controls, air conditioning troubleshooting, commercial air conditioning, and heat pumps.
The AAS degree program comprises 60 credit-hours and includes the above coursework and a practicum, with the addition of required general education courses in composition, federal government, public speaking, and mathematics among others. Students also select three electives.
- Location: Wichita Falls, TX
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; PAHRA
- Expected Time to Completion: Certificate (32 weeks), AAS degree (two years)
- Estimated Tuition: Texas, Wilbarger County ($60 per credit-hour); Texas, non-Wilbarger County ($100 per credit-hour); out-of-state ($ 200 per credit-hour)
Dallas County Community College
Another local institution offering HVAC training is the Dallas County Community College. It has several certificate and degree programs in HVAC technology across various campuses (e.g. Cedar Valley College and Eastfield College). Students in these programs are offered preparation for the EPA Section 608 exam—mandatory for all HVAC workers nationally who handle refrigerants—as well as ICE and state contracting exams. The degrees offered are:
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology AAS
- Residential AAS
The certificates offered include:
- Residential – Technician I Certificate
- Residential – Technician III Level II Certificate
The residential technician I certificate is made up of 12 credit-hours includes courses such as basic electricity for HVAC, air conditioning control principles, refrigeration principles, residential air conditioning, gas and electric heating, and heat pumps.
The residential – technician III level II certificate consists of 48 credit-hours and includes all the above-mentioned courses. Additionally, students pick a math elective and study air conditioning installation and startup, air conditioning troubleshooting, and residential air conditioning systems design.
The residential AAS comprises 60 credit-hours involving all courses from the all certificates mentioned above, with additional coursework in humanities/fine arts, introduction to speech communication, cooperative education-HVAC/R, and general psychology.
Finally, the air conditioning and refrigeration technology AAS is made up of 60 credit-hours, including coursework similar to that of the residential AAS. This program only replaces the air conditioning installation and startup, and residential air conditioning systems design courses with commercial refrigeration and air conditioning.
- Location: Dallas County, Texas
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Expected Time to Completion: AAS degrees (four semesters each); residential technician I certificate (two semesters); residential technician III level II certificate (three semesters)
- Estimated Tuition: Dallas County residents ($79 per credit-hour); out-of-county residents ($135 per credit-hour)
Remington College offers an HVAC diploma program and an associate of applied science (AAS) degree program in HVAC. These programs provide students with practical foundational training in HVAC systems, helping them develop the expertise and skills needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot today’s complex HVAC/R systems, including commercial and industrial systems. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the HVAC industry.
Comprising 59 credit-hours, the diploma program includes courses such as basic refrigeration and electricity, fundamental hvac maintenance, motors and motor control, residential heating and AC, commercial refrigeration systems, introduction to air conditioning and major components, domestic appliances and cold water air conditioning, heat pumps and hydronic heating, ventilation and air flow, hydronic systems, and career development fundamentals and principles.
The AAS consists of 95 credit-hours and includes all courses from the diploma, with additional coursework in business applications, small business principles and basics, recordkeeping and financial statement basics, introduction to psychology, oral communication, college algebra, and english composition.
- Location: Dallas, TX (Garland)
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Expected Time to Completion: Diploma (12 months); AAS (24 months)
- Estimated Tuition: Diploma ($21,520); AAS ($29,425)
For people living in more rural regions of the state or have other time commitments preventing them from attending an on-campus program, there are various distance-based HVAC training programs available. For an overview of some of the accredited programs in other parts of TX or web-based classes, check out the HVAC schools in Texas or online HVAC programs pages, respectively.