Heat Pump: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Heat Pump: Certificate


Your career is heating up.

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

Program Description


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 lab on the Beaufort campus.

And, here in the rapidly growing Lowcountry, HVAC professionals are always in demand. The S.C. annual mean wage for HVAC mechanics and installers is $45,240, according to 2017 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

Accreditation & Accolades


Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Many TCL building 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
Heat pump experts are in 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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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 34 credits x $190 per credit = $6,460

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 2019 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Does not include fees, books and other costs. 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

Program Dean


Kelli Boniecki

Dean for Business & Industrial Technologies/Business & Industrial Technologies

kboniecki@tcl.edu

Instructors


Jeff Kolb

HVAC Instructor/Industrial Technology

jkolb@tcl.edu

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