Skilled Trades & Vocational

If you like to work with your hands, are interested in the dynamics behind cooling and heating buildings, and are searching for a stable, well-paying job without the need for a four-year degree, a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) degree may be a great fit for you.

Types of Degrees

HVAC students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), certificate, or apprenticeship program at a community college, technical school, or with an HVAC company. A certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is often also a requirement. To become an HVAC technician, an associate degree is usually the highest level of education needed or required by employers.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework and experience working with HVAC units helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A HVAC Degree

Given the narrow scope of an HVAC degree or certificate, graduates of an associate degree program, certificate program, or apprenticeship typically go on to become HVAC Mechanics/Technicians or start their own HVAC business.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer was $48,730 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.