Learn how to service and install electric heat pumps, and get on a path to a great HVAC career.

For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners. Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer.

TCL’s Heat Pump Certificate program specifically prepares students to service, troubleshoot, repair, and install electric heat pumps.

This  34-credit-hour certificate can be completed in as little as three semesters. Courses include tools and techniques; wiring diagrams; refrigeration, heating and air conditioning fundamentals; customer service; and more. Students receive hands-on instruction from certified instructors and can choose from day and evening courses in TCL’s fully equipped labs at both the Beaufort and Bluffton New River campuses.

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    Commercial HVAC experts are in increasing demand locally and nationally.


    Learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.


    the S.C. annual mean wage for HVAC mechanics and installers is $44,130.


    Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org). 


    Tuition: 34 credits x $214 per credit = $7,276.

    Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many students attend for free. See more about paying for TCL.

    *Based on Fall 2022 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. Qualifications vary.


    “As an HVAC technician, your employment opportunities are endless.”

    Jeff Kolb

    HVAC Instructor


    The Career & Education Opportunities

    Here in the rapidly growing Lowcountry, HVAC professionals are always in demand. The S.C. annual mean wage for HVAC mechanics and installers is $44,130, according to 2021 reports from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    Certify Your Skills

    Students can also take advantage of the following:

    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) testing
    • North American Technician Excellence (NATE) testing
    • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) testing

    Program Dean

    Karen Smith

    Dean, Business & Industrial Technologies


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 14, Rm. 118


    Jeff Kolb

    HVAC Instructor


    Beaufort Mather Campus, Bldg. 15, Rm. 126

    Barry Keever

    HVAC Instructor


    New River Campus, HVAC Lab, Rm. 122