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HVAC Certificate Programs

HVAC certificate programs are the most popular education option for students seeking to become HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technicians. HVAC certificate programs focus on core courses designed to teach the fundamentals of HVAC maintenance, repair and installation, as well as that of other industrial systems.

HVAC Certificate Program Curriculum

Certificate programs in HVAC offer a more condensed curriculum than associate’s degree programs, as they are designed to be taken on top of an existing degree. These programs focus on the core elements of an HVAC career, covering subjects like:

  • Heating Systems
  • Refrigeration
  • Air Purification
  • Commercial Ventilation Systems
  • Residential Climate Systems

For example, the certificate program at Branford Hall Career Institute located in New York and Massachusetts covers refrigeration concepts, indoor air quality and hydronics, taking a look at both residential and commercial systems.

Program Requirements

Most certificate programs in HVAC require some college experience, and often an existing degree, in order to satisfy general education needs. However, high-school level programs also exist, though they are not typically offered through postsecondary schools.

Some courses in high school that can helps students prepare for the HVAC course curriculum are:

  • Math
  • Design
  • Physics
  • Computers
  • Mechanical Drawing

A basic understanding of mechanics is also useful, though not necessary to learn the subjects taught in HVAC school.

After Earning an HVAC Certificate

There are several steps graduates can take upon completing an HVAC certificate program that can provide additional experience and improve employability. A popular option is for HVAC program graduates to enroll in an apprenticeship to learn the ins and outs of the industry firsthand. Apprenticeships, when a student works for an employer on a temporary basis in order to learn the trade, provide a mix of training and on-the-job experience.

HVAC Apprenticeships are offered through a few different organizations:

Certification is another option for recent graduates of HVAC certificate programs. Receiving one of the certifications available to HVAC technicians demonstrates to employers that a technician is dedicated to excellence and continuing education. Acquiring a certification can make a technician significantly more employable.

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San Joaquin Valley College

San Joaquin Valley College – Training today for a better tomorrow.

Better opportunities and increased financial stability could be just around the corner. Get the skills needed in today’s competitive job market with accelerated programs in medical, technical, and business fields.

Founded in 1977, SJVC is an accredited private junior college with campuses located throughout California – including an Online division – offering a balance of classroom instruction and hands-on training to meet your needs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of federal grants, loans, work-study, scholarships and institutional payment plans.

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.


Charter College

Charter College is a private, independent institution of higher education that follows a new direction. Charter College is neither a liberal arts college, a university, nor a vocational school. Instead, Charter College borrows certain elements from each of those respected educational institutions to create a unique and innovative experience for our students.

We offer career training programs in the growing fields of health care, business, law, criminal justice, information technology, and select trade careers. We strive to provide our students with a career-focused education that is both relevant in today’s workspace and cutting-edge in technology and focus.


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