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Online Colleges for HVAC

The development of HVAC systems -- heating, ventilation and air conditioning -- radically changed the way people have been able to live and thrive throughout the last century and a half. Enhanced environments, available by running the AC in hot locales and heating homes in the winter without the need for coal or wood, allowed for more comfortable lives and settling in greater numbers in more extreme climates. The preservation of food and medicines by refrigeration and freezing and their subsequent increase in accessibility and safety was another positive change, allowing for less dependence on seasonal crops and poorer-quality storage techniques. The HVAC or HVACR (which includes refrigeration) profession is a key component to creating, installing and maintaining the systems that helps to make lives safer, more convenient and more comfortable.

The technical aspect of this career is substantial. Technicians need to know how to work with both electrical and mechanical systems as well as the ducts and other infrastructures that make air conditioning and refrigeration systems function. Many of their responsibilities when installing and maintaining these systems require special equipment, and the use and handling of refrigerants needed for cooling systems falls under governmental regulation. For these reasons, career preparation education and ongoing training are essential.

Featured Online Colleges for HVAC

Students and current employees interested in earning their North American Technical Excellence certification and becoming certified HVAC technicians can enroll in online HVAC programs. Here is a list of two featured online colleges for HVAC that offer programs that combine distance learning with on-campus workshops or externships. We selected these schools based on data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). You can read more about the methodology used to create this list at the bottom of this page.

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Brownson Technical School

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
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Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
1
Accredited
School Type
Less than 2-year

The blended HVAC program at Brownson Technical College in Anaheim was designed with working students in mind. Students and workers interested in becoming certified HVACR technicians can skip the difficult Southern California commute to class by taking online coursework through Brownson after their workday shifts. While the online portion of the program allows students the flexibility to study completely at their own pace, there is an on-campus requirement that must be fulfilled at Brownson Technical School's 12,000-square-foot workshop in Anaheim. Students enrolled in the program get 13 hours a week of hands-on training every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:40 p.m. to 10 p.m. The entire program can be completed in 40 weeks by following the suggested program sequencing.

Accreditation:

  • HVAC Excellence

Location:

1110 Technology Cir. Ste. D
Anaheim Calif. 92805
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Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City

Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
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Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
10
Accredited
School Type
2-year

Students and workers interested in becoming certified heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians may want to consider Pinnacle Career Institute's online HVAC program. The program offers online instruction in the essentials of diagnosing, repairing and installing heating and air conditioning systems. Graduates of the program should find themselves well positioned to potentially find entry-level work in the field of HVAC installation and repair. The program includes a boot camp where students are expected to demonstrate the skills necessary to find entry-level positions in the field. Students also participate in a externship, and those who complete the program are eligible to sit for the North American Technical Excellence certification exam. The program is expected to take 12 months to complete.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Location:

1001 E. 101st Terrace Ste. 325
Kansas City, Missouri 64131-3367
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HVAC Career Outlook

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Average Salary Average salary refers to the 2016 mean salary for all U.S. workers in this job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
$48,320
Projected Job Openings Projected job openings refers to the estimated number of job openings from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
84,200
Projected Job Growth Projected job growth refers to the estimated rate of increase in the number of jobs in this profession from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
13.6
Entry-level Education This refers to the typical entry-level education needed to obtain a position in a particular job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
Postsecondary nondegree award

In order to enter heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and Installer careers, people must complete a certificate or associate degree from a technical or community college. When they have finished their education, they may get on-the-job training through an apprenticeship that lasts three to five years.

These professionals, also known as heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians, are responsible for installing, inspecting and maintaining customers' systems; testing specific parts of a system and making decisions on whether or not they require repairs; and selling services to existing and prospective clients. HVACR technicians may work for contractors that specialize in plumbing, heating and air conditioning, or they may be self-employed.

Sources and Methodologies

Sources:

  1. HVAC Online School Programs, Brownson Technical School, https://brownson.edu/programs/blended-learning-program/
  2. HVAC Excellence Accredited School, Brownson Technical School, https://brownson.edu/hvac-excellence-accreditation/
  3. Online Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technician, Pinnacle Career Institute, https://www.pcitraining.edu/start-today/hvac-online.html
  4. HVAC Technician, Pinnacle Career Institute, https://www.pcitraining.edu/disclosures/south-online/hvac-tech/Gedt.html
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm, accessed May 2017
  6. O*NET OnLine, Summary Report for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.00, accessed May 2017
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Sources and Methodologies