Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Program

Five adult HVAC-R students stand over refrigeration equipment. Two students are working with tools while the other 3 observe.

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

This 500-hour course includes:

  • 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)
    Includes gas heat, oil heat, air conditioning. 
  • Electrical
  • Residential Low Pressure Boilers
  • Refrigeration
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Certification
  • Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing (CSST) Certification 

Students Learn

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


Students receive assistance finding a job through networking with Career and Technical Education Center business partners

Learning Environment

The program is taught at the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School at 925B 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.

Career Opportunities