This certificate prepares students for entry-level work as a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician. Students will build on the HVAC Residential Installer certificate and increase their employment opportunities.
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Through lectures and hands-on lab experiences students will develop the knowledge and skills in the maintenance and repair of air conditioning systems as well as a variety of heating systems to include, natural gas, propane, electric, air source heat pumps, geothermal, and hydronic heating systems.
This is one of three certificates that can be completed as students work toward an HVAC/R Associate in Applied Science degree.
Students can get involved in the ICC chapter of SkillsUSA which helps students become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens.
HVAC Service Technician, Residential HVAC Technician, Commercial HVAC Technician
if Full Time
28 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
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Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
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Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Community college students who transfer to four-year schools perform as well as – or even better than – their peers who come directly from high school.Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
How Do I Get Into the HVAC Technician Program?
The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is expected to increase the demand for qualified HVAC professionals. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.
- Applicants must have first completed the HVAC Residential Installer Certificate.
- High school courses in math, welding, blueprint reading, and computer-aided drafting are helpful for this program.
What Can I Expect As an HVAC Technician Student?
- The new ICC Workforce Sustainability Center will feature lab space with refrigeration, boilers, and a sheet metal lab.
- Schedule flexibility, which allows students to start the program full-time, then obtain employment and transition to part-time to complete the program.
- After completion, students can pursue the Commercial Refrigeration Technician Certificate or HVAC/R Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree.
- Johnson Mechanical Services has an approved apprenticeship program and accepts one to three ICC students per year.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.