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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Associate of Applied Science

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One of the coolest jobs around is also one of the hottest in terms of demand

TCC is 1 of 4 colleges in Virginia to offer an HVAC/R associate degree

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Interested in project management, computer programming or diagnosing the problem with a heating or cooling system? Tidewater Community College’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology (HVAC/R) program will train you for an array of job opportunities in the most in-demand technical field, both in Virginia and across the nation.

You don’t necessarily have to get hot and sweaty on the job, either. While maintenance and diagnosis are parts of the field, HVAC/R is an energy management business that needs all kinds of people.

Find your specialty at TCC. Our core courses help you build a strong foundation in HVAC/R, and our three specializations allow you to focus on the specific skills, tools and knowledge valued by employers:


Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work in this program qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university. 

TCC's associate degree in HVAC/R consists of 4 semesters of full-time study, with classes held mainly on the Portsmouth Campus. 

If your schedule doesn't permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
68 credits x $185.35 per credit = $12,603.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While nearly all students find employment with an associate degree, you can pursue a bachelor’s degree in HVAC/R, project management or another related field at a 4-year institution.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • have excellent customer service skills
  • enjoy problem solving
  • have some aptitude for math and algebra
  • have a clean driving record 
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Hands-on learning in state-of-the-art laboratories with equipment that ranges from small residential to light commercial

Graduates are prepared to earn the North American Technician Excellence industry credential

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High demand for jobs in versatile field


Alum credits HVAC/R program for laying foundation for her successful business


When James Finch needed a new career after he retired from the Navy, he earned his associate in HVAC/R