Accredited HVAC Programs in Wyoming
Accreditation is an independent evaluation that the school meets or exceeds standards for the quality of instructors and curriculum. For institutions offering HVAC and HVAC-R training, accreditation from the following industry organizations may be important:
As of 2018, there were no programs in WY that have earned accreditation from either organization.
Although individuals can sometimes enter the HVAC industry without training, not surprisingly, those who have earned certificates or degrees generally can obtain jobs much easier. They may also start at higher wages and earn more over the life of their career. HVAC equipment and systems have become so complex that coursework and hands-on training is highly recommended for job seekers.
The Center for Workforce Training at Casper College periodically offers HVAC beginner and HVAC intermediate programs, each comprising 3.5 CEUs. Classes cover basic HVAC repair and maintenance, sheet metal and ducting, and troubleshooting. Total tuition costs for the 2018 spring semester were $595 per program, excluding the cost of books and supplies. Please note that financial assistance for students may be available through the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA). Notably, Casper College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The Wyoming Contractors Association operates the WCA Regional Training Center in Casper. The construction curriculum includes a six-week course titled field mechanic technician level one. Much of these skills are useful in the HVAC industry. Coursework includes units in:
- Shop safety
- Hand tool use
- Measuring devices
- Cooling systems
- Electrical systems
Their goal is to provide high-intensity training that enables students to obtain entry-level jobs. The training is a Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship Program. Graduates receive a National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) CORE Curriculum certification and WCA Field Technician Mechanic Certificate. They are prepared to troubleshoot systems and make basic repairs to equipment. Tuition and fees are not disclosed on their website, however, they include information on available grants and financial aid programs.
The Northern Wyoming Community College District offers an HVAC certificate program at Sheridan College. The program is designed to help graduates reach journey-level status. Students get hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology and equipment in the college’s Technical Education Center.
The first semester introduces students to:
- Job safety
- Industry math
- Hand and power tools
- Construction drawings
- Material handling
- Communication skills
The second semester focuses on HVAC basics, and in their third semester, students learn about refrigerants, commercial equipment, and troubleshooting. Students continue with advanced HVAC courses in the fourth semester. It takes 24 credit-hours to complete the program. Estimated tuition and fees for the 2018-19 academic year was $132.00 per credit hour. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Academic Quality Improvement Program.
Finally, Laramie County Community College based in Cheyenne offers HVAC/R certificate and degree programs. Students may start with the basic HVAC-R program. Coursework includes introductions to:
- AC and DC electricity
- HVAC/R system components
- Residential heating systems
The program requires 19 credit-hours and can be completed in one semester. Graduates receive a credit diploma. The next step is enrollment in the advanced HVAC/R technician program. Students receive instruction in advanced HVAC concepts and commercial refrigeration. Students may complete the required 19 credit hours in one semester to receive a credit diploma.
The HVAC-R Technician associate of applied science (AAS) degree program continues instruction designed to prepare students for industry employment. They advance their knowledge in:
- HVAC-R installation, repair, and maintenance
- Thermal dynamics
- Fluid dynamics
- Electrical concepts
The two-year program requires students to successfully complete 62 credit hours of coursework. Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year was $142.75 per credit hour. Laramie County Community College is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Academic Quality Improvement Program.
All of the HVAC-R programs receive credit for the classroom hours required for the Wyoming Registered Apprenticeship Program. Credits may be transferable to four-year colleges.