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HVAC Certificate of Completion

HVAC Technician

NWACC's Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Certificate of Completion provides you with the knowledge and skills to become an HVAC technician after just three semesters of training. Coursework incorporates energy efficiency and green installation techniques, as well as preparation for the EPA exam. Classes are interactive and include hands-on lab work and typically occur in the evenings, twice a week.

NOTE: No license is required to begin your HVAC training and you are not required to be employed in the trade to begin our education program. However, if you are currently employed in the HVAC trade and planning to seek licensure, check with your employer regarding becoming an HVAC Registrant to facilitate documenting your experience in the trade.


Courses, Cost & Certificate/Degree Paths

  • GED or high school diploma
  • Students must be 18 years of age

To earn a HVAC certificate of completion, you will need to complete three courses - one course each semester. Coursework incorporates energy efficiency and green installation techniques, as well as preparation for the EPA exam. Classes are interactive and include hands-on lab work and typically occur in the evenings, twice a week.

In your third semester during your HVAC 3 course, you have the opportunity to take the Environmental Protection Agency 608 exam. The EPA 608 exam is offered in December and April/May of each year.

This certification allows you to purchase refrigerants and other regulated materials. Additional industry certification testing opportunities may be offered throughout the year.

Course Descriptions

  • HVAC 1: Core & Introduction to HVAC
    A study of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning occupational competencies and basic construction skills. 
  • HVAC 2: Core & Introduction to HVAC
    Theory and methods of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning occupations.

  • HVAC 3
    Advanced theory and methods of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning occupations.

HVAC tuition is $695 per semester with a $10 registration fee per semester. HVAC tuition and fee include use of textbook and class materials.

Use of printed textbook during class term is included in tuition charge. Textbook is to be returned in good/acceptable condition by conclusion of term. If textbook is not returned, or is not returned in good/acceptable condition by end of term, a textbook replacement fee may be assessed to student account.

Students wishing to purchase textbook or eText for continued reference after class may do so by emailing trades@nwacc.edu. 

Once you have earned an HVAC Certificate of Completion, your courses can be applied toward earning a Certificate of Proficiency.

Credits earned through courses taken to obtain a Certificate of Proficiency can then be applied toward an Associate Degree of General Technology or an Associate Degree in Construction Technology, specializing in HVAC.

Email trades@nwacc.edu to learn more about applying for an additional HVAC certificate or degree programs.

 


Careers & Apprenticeship Paths

Career Paths

HVAC training will allow you the opportunity to work in sectors ranging from residential to medical. Potential careers in HVAC include but are not limited to:

  • HVAC Controls Tech
  • Transportation Refrigeration Tech
  • Air Conditioning Tech
  • Appliance Repair/Service Tech
  • Chiller/Boiler Tech
  • Hydronic Tech

The HVAC US Department of Labor apprenticeship program is currently in development. If you are an employer interested in having an apprentice or you are a student interested in being an apprentice, email buildingsciences@nwacc.edu.