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April 20, 2014
HVAC Training & Certification Program for Adult Students

At the Capital Region Career & Technical School

A 450-hour program focusing on Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Career opportunities abound for certified HVAC technicians in our region and beyond. The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School's HVAC Training & Certification program provides adult students with the education, training and experience needed to earn valuable national certifications and prepare for rewarding positions and/or career advancement.

Located at Career & Tech's Albany campus at 1015 Watervliet Shaker Rd. (Career Path) in Colonie, the HVAC Training & Certification program offers adult students a convenient location and schedule suited to their needs. Classes run Sept. through June.

units of study & Certifications earned:

arrow bulletOSHA 10-hour Safety Course (intro to OSHA; safety standards; electrical; fall protection; personal protection; scaffolding, stairways and ladders; hand & power tools)

arrow bulletHVAC- 200 hours (includes Gas Heat, Oil Heat, Air Conditioning)

arrow bulletElectrical - 50 hours

arrow bulletResidential Low Pressure Boilers - 100 hours

arrow bulletRefrigeration - 90 hours

arrow bulletEPA 608 Certification

arrow bulletCSST (Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing) Certification

arrow bulletGreen Awareness Certification

Students also learn:

arrow bulletConstruction math

arrow bulletJob-seeking skills, including resume writing and interviewing

Students also receive:

arrow bulletAssistance with finding a job through networking with Career & Tech's business partners

Class schedule:

To accommodate adult learners’ busy schedules, classes will meet Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3 - 6 p.m. , September through June. Classes are not held during school-year vacation weeks.


Tuition for the HVAC Certification program is $5,406, and includes all books, materials and certification testing.

how to enroll:

To register, call Capital Region BOCES Adult Education at (518) 862-4707.

learning environment:

HVAC Certification is taught in a 3150-square-foot, state-of-the art classroom and lab featuring: 

arrow bulletA seated instruction area for lecture, reading, writing, problem-solving, and for instruction via technology such as an interactive SmartBoard, LCD projector and video

arrow bulletThe latest HVAC equipment including:

Puron R410A AC systems
Condensing gas-fired wall-hung boilers
Medium and high-efficiency furnaces
Oil-fired boilers
Steam boiler
Carrier Refrigerant Trainer
Indirect-fired water heaters
Conventional gas-fired water heaters
Air handlers
Brazing and soldering equipment and safety gear
Equipment and supplies for teaching HVAC Certification
PEX tubing

arrow bulletWork benches and hands-on learning areas
arrow bulletExtracurricular/supplemental literature including trade publications, articles and Web-based resources

the instructor:

Frank Ando has been teaching HVAC at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School since September 1997. He is a New York State Education Department-Certified Teacher of Construction, Industry and Building Maintenance/Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration; holds federal EPA Refrigerant certification; and has completed Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst training.

Mr. Ando is also experienced in teaching academic subjects – science, math, English – within the context of HVAC. He holds an Associate’s in Applied Science in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology from SUNY Alfred, and has more than 25 years experience in the HVAC/R field, including teaching, supervision, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, design and sales.

Facility features:

The Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School offers sufficient and convenient parking. The school is an ADA-accessible facility within walkable distance of CDTA bus stops on Central Avenue. A convenience store, take-out restaurant, deli, pizza parlor and bank are located across the street from the campus.

Career Opportunities:

Service technician
Plant Utilities Assistant
Business owner
Factory representative
Distributor representative
Maintenance supervisor
Service manager
Specifying engineer

Career information is available at www. and

View a videoclip of hvac students in action


The HVAC program at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School is approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools




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