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By attending day or evening classes at one of our campuses, you can become a certified HVAC graduate of Vista College in less than one year* thanks to our streamlined program.

What Does Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Involve?

  • Installing HVAC systems
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting HVAC systems
  • Removing HVAC equipment from service
  • Repairing HVAC equipment
  • Evaluating and recommending HVAC equipment
  • Installing air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration products for appliance dealers
  • Working as a maintenance person in buildings that have HVAC systems

The demand for skilled technicians to service heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems is growing. With many people and businesses turning to more efficient systems and alternative energy sources, employers are looking for prospects who will earn their EPA certification to handle refrigerants. They also want people who can keep up with the steady introduction of energy-efficient HVAC equipment. Our HVAC classes will prepare you to be well-rounded in all things heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

At Vista College, our HVAC Diploma program is NCCER certified. This means students get access to numerous benefits, including earning third-party industry-validated credentials through NCCER upon earning their diploma. Exam and performance testing scores are also entered into NCCER Registry systems allowing potential employers to track qualifications.

*Successful, Full-time enrollment is required to achieve stated completion dates.

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Course # Course Title Credits
CFT100 Basic Craft Skills 6.5
HVA101 Introduction to HVAC * 6.5
HVA102 Principles of Electricity * 6.5
HVA103 Brazing, Soldering and Piping * 6.5
HVA104 Duct Systems * 6.5
HVA105 Air Conditioning * 6.5
HVA106 Heating * 6.5
HVA107 Commercial HVAC * 6.5
HVA108 Commercial Refrigeration * 6.5
HVA201 Supervisory Skills and Crew Leadership * 6.5

Basic Craft Skills


This course introduces students to basic craft skills including the proper use of hand tools, power tools, and rigging. Students will receive instruction on handling techniques for hazardous and non-hazardous construction materials, basic skills in drawing and reading blue prints, and working in confined spaces. In addition, students review basic mathematical functions, communication, and job readiness skills.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Introduction to HVAC


Students will be instructed in the fundamental theories, knowledge and skills pertaining to the HVAC trade.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Principles of Electricity


Students will be introduced to the concept of power generation and distribution, common electrical components, AC and DC circuits, and reading and interpreting wiring diagrams.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Brazing, Soldering and Piping


Students will be introduced to types and sizes of tubing, the purposes of tubing and piping, tubing insulation, cutting tubing, bending tubing, heat sources for soldering and brazing, brazing techniques, soldering techniques, make flare joints, swaging techniques, general safety practices and tools and equipment.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Duct Systems


Students will be introduced to plenum systems, duct system standards, duct materials, galvanized-steel duct, fiberglass duct, combination duct systems and air distribution and balance.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Air Conditioning


Students will be introduced to refrigeration systems applied to air conditioning, air distribution and balance, installation, controls, typical operating conditions, and troubleshooting. Additional topics include compressors, refrigerant and oils, leak detection, evacuation, recovery, and charging.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours



Students will be introduced to gas-fired forced-hot-air furnaces, other types of furnaces, multi-purposes of multi-positional gas fuels, manifold pressures, oil heat, oil-fired forced-warm air furnaces, hydronic heat, indoor air quality, electric heat, and troubleshooting.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Commercial HVAC


Students will be introduced to high-pressure, low-pressure, and absorption chilled-water systems; cooling towers and pumps and operation; maintenance; and troubleshooting of chilled- water air-conditioning systems. Hydronic systems and water treatment principles will also be explored.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Commercial Refrigeration


Students will be introduced to the evaporator and the refrigeration system, condensers, compressors, expansion devices, special refrigeration system components, application of refrigeration systems, commercial ice machines and troubleshooting, and typical operating conditions for commercial refrigeration.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Supervisory Skills and Crew Leadership


This course introduces students to human resource criteria, concepts, and skills for craftspeople in leadership roles. Topics include leadership styles, communication, delegating, problem solving, job-site safety, project planning, scheduling, and estimating. Students will also study green topics as they relate to HVAC.

6.5 credits
45 theory hours
45 lab hours

Learn skills that will last a lifetime from experienced HVAC trainers!

With our diploma program, you’ll learn valuable skills from leaders in the HVAC industry. Our real-world, hands-on training is designed to provide you with skills and knowledge that will benefit you throughout your career. The program instructors are NCCER-certified.  After you gain a few years of field experience as an HVAC technician, you may be able to pursue work in a supervisory position or even open your own HVAC company.

Your real-world, hands-on education in a skilled craft that is in high, and growing, demand will train you in:

  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Basic Electricity and Magnetism
  • Brazing, Soldering and Piping
  • Sheet Metal Fabrication and Duct Systems
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Commercial HVAC
  • Commercial Refrigeration

We are driven by your success and want to help you launch an exciting and rewarding career.

As a graduate, you also benefit from our career services assistance, including resume preparation and interview coaching to help you land that dream job.

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