Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) & Renewable Energies

With classroom instruction and project-based learning, students learn design, installation and repair of HVAC systems, emerging technologies including wind, solar and geothermal, and can obtain EPA certifications.  Students receive extensive training in home energy efficiency and also have the opportunity to earn the HEAT certificate.  They can also earn an OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certificate.

Characteristics of a successful student:

  • A strong interest in some or all course material
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Interest and some ability in technical area
  • Parental support of the career and technical education (CTE) program

Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district:

  • Design and Drawing Production
  • Energy and Power
  • Basic Electricity
  • Alternative Energy Engineering
  • Physics
  • Computer Assisted Design

Curriculum and materials used:

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: An Introduction to HVAC/R
Workbook: Lab Workbook – Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Residential Construction Academy (RCA) HVAC Residential Energy

HVAC/R students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas:

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.

College credit available through the program:

Alfred State College
BLCT 3453 Plumbing Trade Safety
Hudson Valley Community College
HVAC 110 Refrigeration Principles I (4 credit hours)
University of Northwestern Ohio
HV 101 Service & Procedures I (6 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)

Related career opportunities:

  • Business Owner
  • Engineer
  • Installer
  • Plant Manager
  • Retail Parts Employee/Manger
  • Salesperson
  • Service Technician
  • Green Technologies: Solar Technologies, and Geothermal Technologies


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Certification (10 hr.)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Certification
GasTite CSST Certification

Technical endorsement:

HVAC Excellence H.E.A.T. Plus
To earn a CTE technical endorsement on their diploma, students must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Earn the minimum 22 credits for HS graduation in NYS
  • Pass the minimum 5 required regents exams (ELA, 1 Math, 1 Science, US History and Global History)
  • Pass ALL 3 parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.

Consultant Committee:

  • Alltek Energy Systems
  • College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
  • Colonial Supply
  • DCCC
  • Herrmann Heating and Cooling
  • Horizon Eng. Associates
  • HVCC
  • Johnstone Supply
  • Kool Temp Heating & Cooling
  • Monolith Solar Associates LLC
  • Mullaly Brothers
  • N & S Supply
  • Northeast Health
  • Questar III
  • Samaritan Hospital
  • Save-A-Lot Grocery Distribution Ctr.
  • Sun Dog Solar


HVAC Chart
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This graph represents nine data points that are considered important when assessing CTE program effectiveness at Questar III. A lower (or higher) rating than the average may only tell part of “the story” for why that rating is lower or higher. It is important not to simply assume that a lower rating in an area is an indicator of lower quality, or a less valuable rating. Instead, when looking at all nine ratings, it is important to discuss why a CTE program received that rating.


Contact Information

Columbia-Greene Educational Center
(518) 828-4157 • caitlin.preisner@questar.org

Rensselaer Educational Center
(518) 273-2264 • lgilbert@questar.org


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