Designing HVAC Systems: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Designing HVAC Systems: Certificate

Chill out. Become an HVAC technician.

Learn from the best to get started in a cool career for a more comfortable life.

Program Description

The TCL HVAC Technology program is the Lowcountry’s residential and commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning training center. Students receive hands-on instruction from certified instructors and can choose from day and evening courses in TCL’s fully equipped lab on the Beaufort campus.

TCL’s Designing HVAC Systems Certificate program specifically prepares students to design air conditioning systems, including equipment selection and duct design.

This 20-credit-hour certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters. Courses include refrigeration, heating and air conditioning fundamentals; customer service; duct fabrication; residential load calculations; and codes and ordinances.

And, here in the rapidly growing Lowcountry, HVAC professionals are always in demand and can work in a variety of settings such as in industries, for private companies or for their own businesses.

The S.C. annual mean wage for HVAC mechanics and installers is $41,700, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor 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

Accreditation & Accolades

TCL instructors are LEED certified. Emphasis is placed on “green” building techniques outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
HVAC experts are in increasing demand locally and nationally.
Quick Fact 2
Hands-on: learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.
Quick Fact 3
Learn from the best: TCL instructors are LEED certified.

What People Are Saying

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

Jeff Kolb Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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Important Additional Admission Requirements


What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 20 credits x $170 per credit = $3,400.

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 TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Is this program for you?

The program is a great fit for those who:

• Have strong math skills.
• Like hands-on projects.
• Enjoy working independently and in teams.

Other Resources

Gainful Employment: Learn more about the Designing HVAC Systems Certificate.

Program Dean

Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies


Jeff Kolb

HVAC Instructor/Industrial Technology

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