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2021 Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools

512 Colleges
$29,220 Avg Salary
$11,359 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate School for You

In 2018-2019, 19,885 people earned a degree or certificate in heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration, making the major the #12 most popular in the United States.

Today's trade school students have lots of options to pick from when considering higher education opportunities. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses.

The Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking is one of many tools that Trade College Search has developed to help you make your educational decision. Our analysis looked at 512 schools in the United States to see which undergraduate certificate programs were the most popular for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration program at each school on the list.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for HVACR majors pursuing a undergraduate certificate.

Our 2021 rankings named Southern Technical College the most popular school in the United States for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their undergraduate certificate. Located in the suburb of Orlando, Southern Technical College is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

About 5% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 95% are male.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, HVACR majors at Southern Technical College accumulate an average of around $10,055 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $99, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Vista College

El Paso, TX

The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Vista College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. Located in the large city of El Paso, Vista College is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 196 students majoring in HVACR at Vista College, 95% are male and 5% are female.

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The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. Located in the rural area of Visalia, San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

Of the 189 students majoring in HVACR at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia, 95% are male and 5% are female.

HVACR majors at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia take out an average of $11,151 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $134.

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The in-demand undergraduate certificate programs at Porter and Chester Institute of Stratford helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools in the United States. Located in the city of Stratford, Porter and Chester Institute is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Women make up 2% of the HVACR majors at the school.

On average, HVACR graduates from Porter and Chester Institute take out $11,673 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $137.

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#5

Charter College

Vancouver, WA

A rank of #5 on this year’s list means Charter College is a great place for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their undergraduate certificate. Charter College is a small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Vancouver.

About 2% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 98% are male.

HVACR majors at Charter College take out an average of $14,831 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $163.

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#6

Apex Technical School

Long Island City, NY

Apex Technical School landed the #6 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Apex Technical School is a small private for-profit school located in the large city of Long Island City.

Women make up 1% of the HVACR majors at the school.

HVACR majors at Apex Technical School take out an average of $8,712 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $99, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Florida Career College - West Palm Beach did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #7 on the list. Florida Career College - West Palm Beach is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of West Palm Beach.

Women make up 4% of the HVACR majors at the school.

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#8

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #8 on the list. Ivy Tech Community College is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

Women make up 2% of the HVACR majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at Ivy Tech Community College take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $11,502. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $80, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Florida Career College - Orlando did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #9 on the list. Florida Career College - Orlando is a small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Orlando.

Women make up 3% of the HVACR majors at the school.

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#10

Pennco Tech-Blackwood

Blackwood, NJ

Pennco Tech-Blackwood did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #10 on the list. Pennco Tech-Blackwood is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Blackwood.

After completing their Undergraduate Certificate, HVACR graduates from Pennco Tech-Blackwood carry an average student debt load of $10,994. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $132.

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#11

Institute of Technology

Clovis, CA

Institute of Technology came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Clovis, Fresno Institute of Technology is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

Of the 107 students majoring in HVACR at Fresno Institute of Technology, 95% are male and 5% are female.

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MIAT College of Technology landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the suburb of Canton, MIAT College of Technology is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Of the 106 students majoring in HVACR at MIAT College of Technology, 94% are male and 6% are female.

On average, HVACR graduates from MIAT College of Technology take out $11,164 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $121.

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Florida Career College - Tampa landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the large suburb of Tampa, Florida Career College - Tampa is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

About 7% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 93% are male.

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United Education Institute-Chula Vista ranked #14 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. Located in the large city of Chula Vista, United Education Institute-Chula Vista is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

Women make up 3% of the HVACR majors at the school.

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#15

Lone Star College System

The Woodlands, TX

Lone Star College System landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. North Harris Montgomery is a very large public school located in the city of The Woodlands.

About 5% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 95% are male.

HVACR majors at North Harris Montgomery take out an average of $8,180 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $57, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Tidewater Tech-Trades

Norfolk, VA

Tidewater Tech-Trades came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Tidewater Tech-Trades is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Norfolk.

Women make up 4% of the HVACR majors at the school.

The average amount in student loans that HVACR majors at Tidewater Tech-Trades take out while working on their Undergraduate Certificate is $13,521. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $153, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Florida Technical College landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. Located in the suburb of Orlando, Florida Technical College is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 3% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 97% are male.

HVACR majors at Florida Technical College take out an average of $12,582 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $144, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#18

UEI College-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA

UEI College-Bakersfield did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #18 on the list. UEI College-Bakersfield is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Bakersfield.

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United Education Institute-Anaheim landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular undergraduate certificate heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration programs. United Education Institute-Anaheim is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Anaheim.

Women make up 1% of the HVACR majors at the school.

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#20

UEI College-Fresno

Fresno, CA

UEI College-Fresno ranked #20 on this year’s Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools list. UEI College-Fresno is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the large city of Fresno.

Of the 85 students majoring in HVACR at UEI College-Fresno, 93% are male and 7% are female.

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#20

ETI School of Skilled Trades

Willowbrook, IL

ETI School of Skilled Trades did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #20 on the list. ETI is a small private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Willowbrook.

While working on their Undergraduate Certificate, HVACR majors at ETI accumulate an average of around $8,538 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $99, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools ranking. Indian Capital Technology Center, Muskogee is a small public school located in the rural area of Muskogee.

Women make up 1% of the HVACR majors at the school.

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#23

Eastfield College

Mesquite, TX

With a ranking of #23, Eastfield College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their undergraduate certificate. Eastfield College is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Mesquite.

Of the 80 students majoring in HVACR at Eastfield College, 94% are male and 6% are female.

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Interactive College of Technology - Chamblee did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students to get a undergraduate certificate. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the suburb of Chamblee, Interactive College of Technology - Chamblee is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

About 3% of the students majoring in HVACR at the school are women while 97% are male.

HVACR majors at Interactive College of Technology - Chamblee take out an average of $9,104 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $93, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#24

Fortis College - Richmond

Richmond, VA

With a ranking of #24, Fortis College - Richmond did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration students working on their undergraduate certificate. Fortis College - Richmond is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the suburb of Richmond.

Women make up 1% of the HVACR majors at the school.

On average, HVACR graduates from Fortis College - Richmond take out $11,934 in student loans while working on their Undergraduate Certificate. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $125.

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#26

Pennco Tech-Bristol

Bristol, PA
#28

Cedar Valley College

Lancaster, TX
#29

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, MN
#32

UEI College-Riverside

Riverside, CA
#35

Atlantic Technical College

Coconut Creek, FL
#37

UEI College-Gardena

Gardena, CA
#41

Texarkana College

Texarkana, TX
#43

Fortis College - Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, UT
#46

Florida Career College

Pembroke Pines, FL
#49

Lamson Institute

San Antonio, TX

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 512 different United States heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Coyne College Chicago, IL
50 Florida Career College - Houston Campus Houston, TX
53 All-State Career School - Lester Lester, PA
54 Fortis College - Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Falls, OH
55 Career College of Northern Nevada Sparks, NV
55 Fortis College - Smyrna Smyrna, GA
57 Delgado Community College New Orleans, LA
57 South Texas College McAllen, TX
59 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Illinois Springfield, IL
60 Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ
60 Maysville Community and Technical College Maysville, KY
62 United Education Institute-UEI College Stockton Stockton, CA
63 Fortis College - Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
64 Dorsey Schools, Wayne Wayne, MI
65 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Nashville Nashville, TN
66 Great Oaks Career Campuses Cincinnati, OH
66 Midwest Technical Institute - Springfield, Missouri Springfield, MO
68 Fortis College - Centerville Centerville, OH
68 Remington College - Dallas Campus Garland, TX
70 Fort Myers Technical College Fort Myers, FL
70 Capstone College Pasadena, CA
70 Fortis Institute - Birmingham Birmingham, AL
70 Hinds Community College Raymond, MS
74 Florida Education Institute Miami, FL
74 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
74 Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional popular schools for Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration students that almost earned our Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
77 North American Trade Schools Baltimore, MD
77 Automeca Technical College - Ponce Ponce, PR
77 American Trade School Saint Ann, MO
80 Florida Career College - Miami Miami, FL
80 Century College - White Bear Lake White Bear Lake, MN
82 Remington College - Fort Worth Campus Fort Worth, TX
82 Fortis College - Columbus Westerville, OH
84 Perry Technical Institute Yakima, WA
85 Northwest HVAC/R Training Center Spokane, WA
85 Stautzenberger College - Maumee Maumee, OH
87 Southwestern Illinois College Belleville, IL
87 Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee, WI
89 Sheridan Technical College Hollywood, FL
89 Fortis College - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
91 Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls, MN
91 San Jacinto Community College Pasadena, TX
93 Georgia Piedmont Technical College Clarkston, GA
93 Fortis Institute - Houston Houston, TX
93 Emily Griffith Technical College Denver, CO
93 Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College Minden, LA
93 Northshore Technical Community College Bogalusa, LA
98 Erie Community College Buffalo, NY
98 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
98 Bristol Technical Education Center Bristol, CT
98 Remington College - Memphis Campus Memphis, TN
98 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
98 Fortis Institute - Lawrenceville Lawrenceville, NJ
98 Central New Mexico Community College Albuquerque, NM
98 Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Dickson Dickson, TN
98 InterCoast Colleges - Fairfield Fairfield, CA

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration by Region

View the Most Popular Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration is one of 6 different types of trade school programs to choose from.

HVACR Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 19,885

Related Major Annual Graduates
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 65,998
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 9,325
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 8,889
Precision Systems Maintenance 1,816
Mechanic & Repair Tech (Other) 1,017

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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