HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)

HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)

Get the Skills to Begin a Career in HVACR in as few as 12 Months

Flexibility and variety are two benefits of a career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Porter and Chester Institute's hands-on HVACR program can help you acquire the skills you need to install, maintain and troubleshoot HVACR units in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Start training to become a skilled technician in the HVACR field!

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Fast Facts

You can choose from two education delivery options currently offered at select campuses:

  1. Blended Program – Lecture online, labs on campus
    Offered at: Bridgeport CT, Hamden CT, Waterbury CT and Brockton MA, Chicopee MA and Worcester MA
  2. On-Ground Program - Lectures and labs on campus
    Projected* to be offered at: Hamden CT, Waterbury CT, Chicopee MA and Worcester MA
    *On-ground availability is anticipated for classes beginning 8/12/24. Should on-ground classes not be available, students could begin the program following the hybrid delivery schedule.
  • Graduates earn a diploma
  • Program Length: 12 months

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Students have the opportunity to earn their EPA Section 608A and OSHA 30 certification.

This program has been approved at the CT campuses for the related instruction hours required for the Connecticut B-2, D-2 and S-2 licenses. Field hours vary for each license; refer to the state licensing board for more information. Students must achieve a 75 or better in a course for the instruction hours to count toward their "related hours."

There are no licensing requirements in Massachusetts for general HVACR work. Refer to the state licensing board for more information on requirements in commercial HVACR.

How/When to Apply

We start new sessions regularly.
Next Start Date: August 12, 2024

At Porter and Chester Institute, we're making it easier than ever for you to enroll using our automated application portal. Upload your documents and start the financial aid process without the hassle of drawn-out application processes. And our admissions staff is still available to help you every step of the way. Taking control of your career just got easier!

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How Can I Afford It?

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Our team of Educational Funding Specialists will work with you to determine what you’re eligible for and how to pay for school.

There are federal, institutional and private programs that can make your career training more affordable, as well as grant and scholarship opportunities that may be available to you.

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Will I Get A Job?

While employment is not guaranteed, our Career Service Advisors are dedicated to helping you find the right job for you! We'll help you with your job search, and also with resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing skills.

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Why PCI?

If you’re a hands-on learner who can’t imagine sitting behind a desk all day and considering training at an HVAC school, here are a few reasons the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration program at Porter and Chester Institute may be the perfect fit for you:

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Concrete Skills: 
Through our intensive HVACR training, you’ll learn to work on the gas, oil and electric heating, cooling and refrigeration systems used in homes and businesses across the country.

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Hands-on Training: 
If you learn best by doing, then our HVACR program is for you! Your online work is supplemented by hands-on work using the actual analytical equipment you’ll find in the field.

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Qualified Instructors: 
Our instructors are all professionals from the HVACR industry. They know how to teach, but more importantly they know what you’re likely to encounter once you’re out on the job. Their years of experience and connections to employers make them an invaluable resource to you and your career.

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Soft Skills: 
In addition to learning the nuts-and-bolts of the industry, you’ll learn how to interact with customers with professionalism. We’ll teach you what it means to be a good employee in a real world setting.