HVAC/R Training Programs
Associate Degree, Certificate, Specialized Diploma

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Why Choose the HVAC Programs at NCC?

Become a skilled HVAC/R technician through Northampton Community College’s full- or part-time Specialized Diploma, Certificate, or Associate in Applied Science HVAC programs. With experience and knowledge to install, service, maintain, and retrofit HVAC/R systems, you’ll enter a high-demand career field and vastly increase your earning potential. NCC’s HVAC training in Bethlehem, PA also prepares you to sit for the E.P.A. in Refrigerant Usage Certification.


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Program Details

Semesters: 4

Credits: 66

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Locations: Bethlehem

Program Overview:

With an HVAC/R degree, you’ll be qualified to service and repair air conditioning equipment, oil and gas burners, heat pumps, ventilation equipment, and commercial refrigeration systems located in residences, offices, industrial plants, medical and educational institutions, and retail establishments. The A.A.S. gives you a competitive edge to advance your career in management positions or to pursue further education at the bachelor’s level.

Semesters: 3

Credits: 51

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Locations: Bethlehem

Program Overview:

You’ll learn the ropes of electrical theory, heating and cooling concepts, refrigeration cycle theory, equipment operation, component specification, whole system operation, system calculations, diagnostic approaches, and recovering and handling refrigerants. The HVAC/R technology certificate prepares you to thrive in your career, and your coursework can be applied to the A.A.S. HVAC/R degree if you choose to continue your education.

Semesters: 2

Credits: 29

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Locations: Bethlehem

Program Overview:

NCC’s HVAC program provides short-term job training, meaning you’ll gain skills and expertise in HVAC systems and maintenance practices—including electrical theory, heating and cooling concepts, the refrigeration cycle, equipment operation and maintenance, component specification, and diagnostic approaches—at an accelerated pace. The specialized diploma makes you career-ready in the HVAC field, and your coursework from this program can be applied to NCC’s HVAC/R technology certificate or A.A.S. degree.

Additional Program Information

NCC prepares you for real work environments. On a part-time or full-time schedule, you’ll work closely with expert technicians and build your expertise through more than 400 hours of real-world, hands-on internship training. We combine theory and practice with a strong background in electronics, mathematics, and the complex science behind heating and cooling to prepare you as an outstanding technician. You’ll also be able to take the E.P.A. in Refrigerant Usage Certification test. 


Our three programs are stackable: credits you earn in the certificate program can be transferred to the A.A.S. degree, and the specialized diploma credits transfer to both the certificate and A.A.S. This model allows you to get a leg ahead in your future education while preparing you to start your career as soon as you’re ready.


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If you are a Northampton Community College student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an HVAC/R internship outside of the state, you should review the requirements on your state board website to make sure that NCC’s HVAC/R program qualifies.


Licensure requirements vary from state to state, so you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in your state. If you participate in a program from outside of Pennsylvania that is not properly authorized by that state’s professional licensing board, you could lose licensing eligibility. Contact the Program Director for more information if you need help or have questions.


Program Cost and Financial Aid Options

Completing an associate’s degree, certificate or specialized diploma in HVAC/R Technology at Northampton Community College can drastically reduce the overall cost of your education. Our tuition and fees are some of the most affordable in the region. On top of the low upfront costs, you can also take advantage of NCC’s substantial financial aid and scholarship opportunities—we have one of the largest community college scholarship programs in Pennsylvania!

HVAC/R Program Overview

Discover how our HVAC/R programs can prepare you to land a job fast with a healthy starting salary in one of the area's most in-demand fields.

Future Career Paths

As an HVAC/R expert, you’ll work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, and factories. You may encounter cramped workspaces, extreme temperatures, and irregular work hours. Because of the increasing complexity of HVAC/R systems, employers seek applicants with practical experience and postsecondary credentials. Your earning potential will grow with further education and licensing. NCC also boasts a 95% job placement rate among graduates from our HVAC/R programs, meaning you’ll be well positioned to start your career in roles like:

  • Building Automation Technician
  • Commercial Refrigeration Technician
  • Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
  • HVAC Installer
  • HVAC Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC Supply Services Staff
  • HVAC/R Service Technician

Student Spotlight

You’ve got to try things out in life, or you’ll never know. My life would have been different if I hadn’t enrolled at Northampton. I’m pretty handy with construction as well as HVAC and electrical work; so, if a HVAC system leaks through the ceiling, it’s no problem for me to repair the system and the ceiling.

Allen Onofre, Alumni
HVAC/R and Electrical Technology

Allen Onofre

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