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Texas summers mean steady HVAC work for skilled technicians. Train for a new career that’s always hiring.

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians make our lives comfortable—and our summers bearable. Those trained in the latest energy-efficient systems are always in-demand, with jobs projected to grow a whopping 13% through 2026. That’s why we designed a focused course to get you Day 1 Ready for an exciting new job—fast. For us, being ready means having real experience under your belt: Our HVAC program launches you right into our workshop, learning on real equipment with seasoned pros. In less than a year* you’ll understand the day-to-day challenges of the trade and know exactly how to meet them—able to enter a new job on your first day and excel.

NCCER CertifiedAt 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. Potential employers could include:

  • HVAC Installation and Service Vendors
  • Institutional/Building Maintenance
  • HVAC Manufacturing Companies

This HVAC training program goes beyond basic instruction. Our personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help and support you won’t find at most HVAC schools. We are always in touch with potential employers and may be able to help connect you to real opportunities. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of Vista College and Computer Career Center, a Division of Vista College. Content published here is not read or approved by NCCER before it is posted, and does not necessarily represent the views and opinions of NCCER.

What You’ll Learn

We pair hands-on HVAC training with industry knowledge, focusing on the job skills employers seek. These include refrigeration, electrical, brazing, soldering, and piping, sheet metal fabrication, heating, and commercial systems.

Fast Facts

Next Start Date
October 11

Course Length: 1 Year *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
Clinical Hours:

* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning diploma program may seek employment in entry-level HVAC positions.

Potential Job Titles: A/C General Maintenance Technician, HVAC Sheet Metal Installer, Commercial Refrigeration Technician, HVAC Sales

Why Vista College?

The Right Skills for Real Jobs

Vista College designs its trades programs around the real skills that employers seek, getting you Day 1 Ready for jobs that are hiring today.

Course Title Credits
Basic Craft Skills 6.5
Introduction to HVAC * 6.5
Principles of Electricity * 6.5
Brazing, Soldering and Piping * 6.5
Duct Systems * 6.5
Air Conditioning * 6.5
Heating * 6.5
Commercial HVAC * 6.5
Commercial Refrigeration * 6.5
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

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