Accredited HVAC Schools in El Paso, TX
Students who do not complete an apprenticeship may choose formal training through an accredited training program. Accreditation involves an evaluation of the quality of an educational institution’s program by an independent agency. The evaluation includes both the curriculum and the instructors, and when choosing a school, it is essential to determine if it is accredited and which organization granted accreditation.
HVAC programs are evaluated and accredited by two main industry organizations: HVAC Excellence, which has awarded accreditation to Laredo College (Laredo, TX) and the Lincoln College of Technology* (Grand Prairie, TX). The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) has accredited Vernon College (Wichita Falls, TX). These colleges are included in the following profiles due to their accreditation although attending requires El Paso students to commute.
Note: According to the HVAC Excellence website, the accreditation for Lincoln College expired August 2018.
El Paso Community College
EPCC offers an HVAC residential technician certificate program and an HVAC degree program. Curriculum for the certificate program includes instruction in refrigeration principles, basic electricity, gas and electrical heating, blueprint reading and sketching, HVAC controls, and computers.
Students complete 23 credit-hours to earn their certificate and are qualified to seek entry-level employment.
The degree program adds the following coursework: residential air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, air conditioning installation and setup, composition and communication, pneumatics and system controls, math, ethics, electives in humanities and business, and a cooperative education capstone.
Students complete 60 credit-hours to earn their degree. Graduates are qualified to take industry certification exams, such as the EPA Section 608 exam.
- Location: El Paso, TX
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Tuition: $125 per credit-hour
- Program length: Certificate (one year), degree (two years)
Laredo College offers two HVAC/R certificate programs. The first program is basic commercial HVAC/R; and the curriculum includes the principles of refrigeration; HVAC/R special topics; basic electricity; refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners; residential air conditioning; HVAC troubleshooting; gas and electric heating; and HVAC installation and setup.
A minimum of 32 credit-hours is necessary to earn the certificate. Graduates are qualified for entry-level positions as residential HVAC technicians.
The second certificate is for commercial HVAC/R. Students must complete the coursework for the first certificate. Their additional curriculum includes classes in heat pumps, advanced electricity, residential HVAC systems design, commercial HVAC/R, and a cooperative education capstone. They complete a total of 51 hours to earn their certificate. Graduates are qualified to seek employment as residential or commercial HVAC/R technicians.
- Location: Laredo, TX
- Accreditation: HVAC Excellence; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
- Tuition: $220 per credit-hour
- Program length: One year for each certificate
Lincoln College of Technology
Lincoln Tech offers HVAC technology diploma day and evening programs. Students complete the following coursework, divided between classroom lectures and hands-on training in a lab: an introduction to climate control, electricity, HVAC/R systems, air conditioning design and layout, commercial refrigeration design and controls, warm air heating, energy efficiency, and green technology systems.
Graduates are qualified for employment in entry-level positions.
- Location: Grand Prairie, TX
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges; HVAC Excellence (expired August 2018)
- Tuition: $23,413
- Program length: 47 weeks
Vernon College offers an HVAC occupational skills award program, an HVAC level I certificate program, and an HVAC degree program. Students learn through a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on training in the lab.
The program includes classes such as basic electricity, the principles of air conditioning controls, and the principles of refrigeration. The program requires 12 credit-hours to complete.
The curriculum for the certificate program starts with the same coursework as the award program, then adds the following:
- Residential and commercial air conditioning
- Gas and electric heating
- Advanced air conditioning controls
- Air conditioning troubleshooting
- Heat pumps
Students finish with an HVAC technology/technician practicum, for a total of 36 credit-hours.
The degree program includes the above coursework and a practicum, with the addition of required general education courses in composition, federal government, mathematics, and public speaking, among others. Students also select three electives, for a total of 60 credit-hours to earn their degree.
- Location: Wichita Falls, TX
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges; PAHRA
- Tuition: $100 per credit-hour for Willbarger County residents; $145 per credit-hour for other Texas residents
- Program length: Certificate (32 weeks), degree (two years)
Vista offers an HVAC diploma program at several of their campuses, including the main campus in El Paso. Coursework includes: basic craft skills; an introduction to HVAC; the principles of electricity; brazing, soldering, and piping; duct systems; residential and commercial HVAC; heating; commercial refrigeration; and supervisory skills and crew leadership.
The coursework is divided between theory, hands-on-training in the lab, and on-the-job training in an externship.
- Location: El Paso, TX
- Accreditation: Council on Occupational Education
- Tuition: $24,100
- Program length: One year
Western Technical College
Western Tech, a family-owned college, focuses on career development. They offer an associate of occupational studies in HVAC/R technology. The curriculum includes courses in electricity, heating systems, residential and commercial HVAC, and commercial refrigeration.
Coursework comprises 40 percent classroom lectures and 60 percent hands-on-training in a fully-equipped lab.
- Location: El Paso, TX
- Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
- Tuition: $29,640
- Program length: Daytime (78 weeks), evening (98 weeks)
El Paso students who are unable to complete an on-campus program may choose online HVAC training. For more information on available online programs, visit the online HVAC training page on this site.