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HVAC schools are designed to train students in the theories and hands-on skills used by heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) technicians. Through degree, certificate and diploma programs, HVAC school students learn how to install, maintain, and repair HVAC systems and other systems in a variety of environments.

What to Expect in HVAC School

The career training provided by HVAC schools varies based on the credentials being offered and the focus of the program. The three most common credentials awarded by HVAC school programs are associate’s degrees, certificates, and diplomas. These credentials are typically offered by junior colleges, career schools, universities, and other postsecondary schools.

Most HVAC schools provide lecture-based and hands-on courses covering standard HVAC systems. This includes installation, maintenance and repair for residential and commercial heaters, air conditioners, ventilation systems, and other climate systems. Many programs include additional areas such as water treatment or energy efficiency, and some emphasize more modern aspects of the HVAC industry, such as solar energy. These programs are appropriate for students who wish to work in a specialized field of the HVAC industry.

Depending on the credential sought, HVAC schools might offer courses in:

  • Math
  • Mechanical Drawing
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Electronics
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Computer Applications
  • Temperature Theory and Control
  • Equipment Design
  • Construction
  • Installation

After completing training and receiving an HVAC credential, graduates are prepared to seek internships or apprenticeships, pursue certification, or move directly to pursuing entry-level employment.

Choosing an HVAC School

Because there are many types of HVAC school, it is important to compare details between different schools before enrolling in a program. Almost all HVAC schools require students to have a high school diploma or GED.

Here are a few things to consider when comparing schools:

  • Program Length – Depending on the credential sought, HVAC school programs can last anywhere from a few months to around 2 years. Shorter programs (certificates and diplomas) can get graduates into the work force sooner, but longer programs (associate’s degrees) can provide the in-depth expertise it takes to advance further. Which direction you take depends on your specific career goals.
  • Accreditation – HVAC school accreditation is a school’s way of certifying that it meets industry standards. If a school is accredited by a reputable organization, it means course content meets basic education standards set by the HVAC industry. Currently there are three well-known accrediting agencies for HVAC schools:
  • Career Services – Some schools offer career assistance to graduates. This can include resume advice, job interview coaching, job placement services, or recruitment connections. Schools vary widely in these offerings, so it pays to be aware of what a school offers.

After Graduating from HVAC School

There are two main ways HVAC technicians gain experience beyond the training they receive from their school. One of the best ways to do this is by enrolling in an apprenticeship. These are offered through local HVAC industry organizations such as the Air-Conditioning Contractors of America. An apprenticeship is a combination of in-class instruction and paid on-the-job-training, and usually takes 3-5 years to complete.

Although apprenticeships are considered a great way to start in the industry from the ground floor, they can be unappealing for students or those who are not ready to commit to such long-term training. Fortunately, many HVAC schools offer on-the-job training or externship/internship opportunities. The career services department of your HVAC school should be able to provide information about training and work opportunities.

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Southern Technical College

Whether you need to upgrade your skills or change careers, Southern Technical College has the right program to fit your needs. Let us show you how to get the skills you need in a short amount of time so that you can get into a new career fast!

What makes Southern Technical College for you?

  • Convenient Locations
  • Financial Assistance For Those Who Qualify
  • Hands-On Training
  • Small Classes/Individualized Attention
  • Career Placement Assistance
  • Morning or Evening Classes Available

Why Choose Southern Technical College:

  • Industry Experienced Instructors
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
  • Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education

Financial Assistance and Availability

The financial aid team at Southern Technical College is committed to helping you find ways to finance your education. Our team is trained to help you overcome the financial obstacles that may be standing in the way of your education.

Southern Technical College participates in several of the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Financial Aid Programs, which are generally available to those who qualify. Visit for more information, learn more about the types of financial aid available, and consumer information, or contact your local campus to speak member of our financial aid team

Career Placement Assistance

Our career service advisors can help you with resume writing, interviewing skills, employer contacts, and the latest job search techniques. We have years of experience in helping graduates gain employment in great jobs with great companies, and we are ready to help you, too! We cannot guarantee your success, but STC has an excellent record of helping graduates find and keep jobs in their field of study. Success after graduation depends on many factors, and we are here to help you along the way!


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