Louisiana HVAC Training
Louisiana HVAC Training
The State of Louisiana is instantly recognizable for the devastating storm that struck the coastal city of New Orleans in 2005. Nearly ten years after hurricane Katrina ravaged the shores of the state, people and businesses have bounced back strongly. Even so, the state is a classic example of subtropical climate with hot and humid summers frequently accompanied by thunderstorms and hurricanes. The winters are mostly mild, although the northern fringes of the state often experience snowfalls in the winter with temperatures dropping below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. For a freshly certified HVAC technician, this translates to a good number of job opportunities across the state. HVAC professionals who can set up, repair and maintain heating, cooling and air conditioning equipment are highly sought after in ‘the Bayou state’ to keep residential and commercial spaces comfortable and functional.
If you are looking to gain some valuable information on how to build a career in the HVAC industry in the State of Louisiana, this is the page you should start with.
HVAC Schools in Louisiana
No matter which part of Louisiana you reside in, there are a number of high quality HVAC education and training programs available. At the time of this writing, a total of ten institutions offer training programs that are customized to the HVAC licensing and certification requirements of Louisiana. In addition, many of these institutions have multiple campus locations, each of which offers the same high quality of education and on-the-job training.
Though Shreveport and Lafayette have a few more HVAC schools than other areas, there are training options available in the larger cities, like Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as in relatively smaller communities, such as Abbeville, Houma and Natchitoches.
Most schools offer certificate or diploma programs which last from six months to two years depending on the program and institution you enroll in. Though newly certified HVAC technicians are not required to be licensed to work on HVAC systems and equipment, they do have to work under the watchful eye of an HVAC contractor who has been licensed by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.
Below is a list along with some vital details of schools that offer HVAC training programs in the state.
Ayers Career College
8820 Jewella Ave
Shreveport, LA 71108,
Ayers College offers an undergraduate certificate in HVAC-R. The program can be taken through day classes over the course of 36 weeks, or through evening classes for 60 weeks. In addition to the HVCA-R Technician training program, the college also prepares students to appear in the EPA certification tests.
Tuition and fees: $12,725
Books and Supplies: $2,575
Baton Rouge Community College
3250 N. Acadian Thruway E.
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
One of the highly regarded institutions in the State of Louisiana, BRCC offers HVAC professionals a Technical Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The best part about the program is that it offers several exit points, including an option to earn a CTS (Certificate of Technical Studies) in Domestic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. The full 45 credit-hour Technical Diploma program is taken over a course of 4 semesters.
Per Credit Hour
Louisiana Students: $169
Out-of-State Students: $339
Blue Cliff College
803 Barrow St
Houma, LA 70360
120 James Comeaux Rd
Lafayette, LA 70508
The Technician Diploma program at Blue Cliff is a 900 clock-hour program that can be completed in 9 months if taken via day classes, and 12 months when completed through evening classes. The program also prepares students to take the EPA Section 608 Type I Certification Exam.
Books, supplies, and graduation fees: $1,550
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
The school offers training towards a Certificate of Technical Studies (HVAC/R Technician) as well as a Technical Diploma (Master HVAC/R Technician). The Master HVAC/R Technician program is a more intensive training program that trains students on different types and brands of HVAC/R equipment.
Total program cost (Technical Diploma)
Louisiana Delta Community College
7500 Millhaven Rd
Monroe, LA 71203
The notable aspect about this 64-week Technical Diploma program in Commercial and Residential A/C & Refrigeration is that it includes optional training on solar fundamentals and solar thermal applications. This training can be particularly beneficial given the latest trend towards eco-friendly HVAC solutions that save energy and costs.
Tuition (per credit hour)
Louisiana resident students: $203
Non-resident students: $347
Books and supplies: $2,250
Northshore Technical Community College
Sullivan Main Campus:
1710 Sullivan Drive
Bogalusa, LA 70427
Hammond Area Branch Campus:
111 Pride Drive
Hammond, LA 70401
Slidell Instructional Service Center:
56707 Behrman Street
Slidell, LA 70458
With three campus locations, students can choose the area where they would like to complete their training. Location can be particularly important when seeking a job upon completion of the program. The college offers a Technical Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with 45 credit hours. An additional 15 credit hours of General Education core subjects earns the student an Associate of Applied Science degree in Technical Studies.
Tuition and Basic fees (per credit hour)
Louisiana resident students: $175
Non-resident students: $321
Application, registration and lab fees may be applicable.
Northwest Louisiana Technical College
2010 N. Market Street
Shreveport, LA 71107
6587 Highway 1 Bypass
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Northwest offers Technical Diplomas in Residential Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Commercial Air Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration. Each program requires students to complete 45 credit hours or 1350 clock hours. Certificate of Technical Studies exit points are also available for HVAC Helper and Domestic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician programs. The tuition rates at Northwest LTC are among the most affordable in the state.
Tuition and fees (per credit hour)
Louisiana resident students: $125
Non-resident students: $282
Nunez Community College
3710 Paris Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043
The college grants a Certificate of Technical Studies on completion of the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Certificate Program. The curriculum also covers study topics for the E.P.A. Type I and Type II Refrigerant Certification.
Tuition and fees (per credit hour)
Louisiana resident students: $180
Non-resident students (up to 6 credits): $180
Non-resident students (6+ credits): $310
Additional lab fees may assessed for specific courses
South Central Louisiana Technical College
Young Memorial Campus:
900 Youngs Road
Morgan City, LA 70380
181 Regala Park Road
Reserve, LA 70084
1425 Tiger Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70301
South Central LTC is another institution that offers three separate campus locations, allowing students to choose where they would like to study and possibly obtain a job. While the Technical Diploma in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology requires completion of 45 credit hours (1,695 clock hours), students have the option to exit with a Certificate of Technical Studies in the HVAC Helper and Domestic Air Conditioning and Refrigeration technician programs.
Total program cost (including Books, HVAC Tools, and Miscellaneous fees)
Louisiana resident students: $6,537
Non-resident students: $15,286
South Louisiana Community College
1101 Bertrand Dr.
Lafayette, LA 70506
SLCC Gulf Area Campus:
1115 Clover St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
SLCC T.H. Harris Campus:
332 East South St.
Opelousas, LA 70570
A community college with three separate campus locations for the HVAC program is like a dream come true for most students. SLCC offers a Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Technical Diploma at fairly reasonable tuition rates. The program requires completion of 45 credit hours, and the payments can be made in installments if you have a LoLA (Log on Louisiana) account.
Tuition and fees (per credit hour)
Louisiana resident students: $182
Non-resident students (up to 6 credits): $332
Employment and Salaries for HVAC Professionals
According to the State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were at least 4,950 HVAC professionals employed in the State of Louisiana in 2014. On average, a person employed as an HVAC mechanic or installer earned roughly $43,000 a year, which amounts to an hourly wage slightly above $20. To put this in perspective, annual HVAC salaries exceed the average wages of all those who are employed in various installation, maintenance, and repair occupations across the state.
Annual and hourly pay rates for HVAC professionals differ by region, and counterintuitively, the areas with the highest pay rates aren’t those that are more densely populated. Monroe and Alexandria, for instance, offer an annual pay of $50,000 ($24 per hour) and $48,000 ($23 per hour) respectively to HVAC professionals.
The two most populated areas in the state, Baton Rouge and New Orleans, offer $45,000 and $42,000 respectively, which is roughly at par with the average annual pay for HVAC pros in the state.
Other areas that offer annual wages in excess of the state’s average include the Winnsboro nonmetropolitan area and Lafayette; both at approximately $46,000 ($22 per hour). At $44,000 ($21 per hour), both Lake Charles and the New Iberia nonmetropolitan area also exceed the state’s average.
Here are the annual and hourly wages in some of other areas in the state:
Shreveport-Bossier City: $41,000 ($20 per hour)
Hammond nonmetropolitan area: $39,000 ($19 per hour)
Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux: $38,000 ($18 per hour)
Natchitoches nonmetropolitan area: $32,000 ($16 per hour)