Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program

Training & Certification for Adults 

Get the education, training and experience you need to earn valuable national certifications and prepare for rewarding positions and/or career advancement in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) fields. The HVAC program for adults is approved by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Units of Study and Certifications Earned

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour Safety Course
    Includes introduction to OSHA, safety standards, electrical, fall protection, personal protection, scaffolding, stairways and ladders, hand and power tools.
  • Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) — 200 hours
    Includes gas heat, oil heat, air conditioning. 
  • Electrical — 50 hours
  • Residential Low Pressure Boilers — 100 hours
  • Refrigeration — 90 hours
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Certification
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Certification 

Students Learn

  • Construction math
  • Job-seeking skills, including resume writing and interviewing


Class Schedule

  • Classes meet Monday through Wednesday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., September through June. Classes are not held during school-year vacation weeks.

Learning Environment

The program is taught at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School at 1015 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. in Albany, in a 3,150 square-foot, state-of-the art classroom and lab featuring:

  • A seated instruction area for lecture, reading, writing, problem-solving, and for instruction via technology such as an interactive SmartBoard, LCD projector and video.
  • The 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
  • Work benches and hands-on learning areas.
  • Extracurricular/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 Associates in Applied Science in Air Conditioning Engineering Technology from SUNY Alfred, and has more than 25 years of experience in the HVAC/R field, including teaching, supervision, preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, design and sales.

Career Opportunities