HVAC Training Programs


The ECMC Group Board of Directors, representing the parent organization of Altierus Career College, has made the decision to teach out the three remaining Altierus Career College (ACC) campuses. A teach out means that we will provide the education and support services for our current students and gradually wind down the school’s operations. New students will no longer be accepted. We will continue to provide career services for a period beyond the teach-out to ensure that the program is as successful as possible for students. Altierus Career College will engage in an orderly closure, with campuses remaining open until all current students that are following their academic plans graduate or an acceptable completion plan is identified for remaining degree students


On campus 2 days per week

To help balance life and school, you’ll take most of your courses at home through virtual instruction and come to campus for labs two times a week.

9 Months

Certification Preparation

Career Summary

As an HVAC or refrigeration technician, you’ll maintain a comfortable environment for spaces in which people live, work, and play. Take pride in knowing your skills help improve energy efficiencies in your community. Check out these frequently asked questions about HVAC careers.

2020 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*


Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $31,910 or less

2020-30 projected growth*


New Jobs

+5% Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm (visited September 8, 2021).

Program Highlights

As an HVAC technician, your training will give you the skills to successfully maintain the equipment that provides a comfortable environment for spaces in which people live, work, and play.

For an additional 3 months of HVAC training coursework, you can become a refrigeration technician through our HVAC Refrigeration program.

This training program is HVAC Excellence accredited by the ESCO Group, which is an independent third-party that ensures an HVAC training program prepares students with the skills to meet HVACR industry standards.

You’ll receive certification preparation for the EPA 608 Universal Certification, as well as OSHA 10-hour Basic Safety Orientation, and Universal R410A.

  • 9-month diploma program
  • 2 times per week on campus + online coursework (Atlanta has option for 1 time per week on campus)
  • 54 credits
  • 495 lecture hours + 225 lab hours

Get hands-on train with instructors with real-world experience installing, repairing, and maintaining real HVAC equipment.

Lab equipment includes professional tools such as:

  • Digital multimeter
  • Anemometer (cfm)
  • Brazing port-a-pack with wand
  • Air thermometer

Paying for school shouldn’t be an obstacle to achieving your career goals. At Altierus, you’ll have access to a range of financial aid options from Federal loans and grants to other unique programs of our own. For example, the Altierus Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by ECMC Education — who demonstrate financial need.

All-inclusive tuition—before qualifying financial aid—for HVAC Technician program is $15,822, which includes a laptop you can keep, professional gear, eBooks, certification fees, and more. The vast majority of our students qualify for financial aid, which can significantly defray tuition. Qualification depends on each individual’s unique circumstances.

Our financial aid specialists can help you navigate the entire financial aid process and help with the following information:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on scholarships and grants
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment
  • Information on your loan servicer

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Give us a call to see what your financial aid options are and we can help you get started (888) 223-8556.

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Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

This program features a blend of online and on-campus learning. This is to help make going to school work with your busy schedule. Typically, you will spend 2 days on campus, where you can practice hands-on skills and ask your instructor questions. Complete the rest of your coursework online at home, at your own pace, and on your own time.

All-Inclusive Tuition Has You Covered

As an HVAC technician student, you’ll receive an HVAC tool bag, which includes all the basic tools you’ll use during your program and for working in the field after you graduate. All-inclusive tuition covers a brand-new laptop (which is yours to keep after graduating), Altierus branded shop shirt, your books, as well as test preparation and fees for your certification exams.

Professional Skills Development

Your coursework integrates professional skills development into this program so you’ll have the soft skills employers look for. Gain proficiency in communication, interpersonal skills, self-management, emotional intelligence, and career-building competencies. You’ll also prepare to become a craft professional. This credential is considered the industry standard for verifying performance and knowledge.

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What You'll Learn

  • Residential HVAC systems
  • Energy conservation equipment
  • Total system troubleshooting
  • Install, clean, and maintain HVAC systems
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Inspect and test HVAC systems and components

Sample Courses

  • Basic Construction
  • HVAC/R Craft Skills
  • Electricity for HVAC/R Technicians
  • Advanced Heating Systems
  • Air Distribution
  • Energy Conservation Methods

The course of instruction will cover basic job safety concepts and regulatory requirements, basic math used in the construction trades, the use of common hand and power tools, and an introduction to blueprint reading, material handling, communication and employability skills.

This course provides the opportunity for students to learn the basic skills used in the craft for installing copper, plastic, and steel piping, reading construction drawings, and selecting the correct hardware and fasteners for an installation.

The machinery used to provide heating, cooling, and refrigeration uses electric motors to turn fans, blowers, and compressors and has complex electrical control systems. This course covers basic electrical theory and calculations, using electrical meters, reading schematic diagrams, and basic controls used on HVAC/R systems.

This course covers the installation, operation and maintenance of heat pumps, and surveys alternative heating and cooling systems. These systems include solar heating, pellet stoves, evaporative coolers, spot cooling, and computer room units. Out-of-class activities will be assigned and assessed as part of this module.

This course prepares students for jobs installing and maintaining the ductwork and air-handling units in residential and commercial buildings. This course covers the installation requirements for various types of ductwork including basic techniques used to fabricate ductwork on the job.

This course reviews the various strategies used in the design of energy efficient heating and cooling systems that include calculating heating and cooling loads, laying out and sizing ductwork, and equipment selection.

Altierus instructor explaining heating and cooling system components to students during HVAC training

Career Pathways For Women

We have partnered with Women in HVACR to highlight a viable career path for women while helping address the skills gap employers face with a pipeline of new talent.

Important Consumer Information and Disclosures

GA - Atlanta

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Atlanta Program Disclosures.

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Refrigeration Technician Program Disclosures.