It takes skilled HVAC/R technicians to install, maintain, and repair the systems that keep people comfortable year-round in their homes and at work. It takes a hands-on training program to prepare for that career path. And that’s what our HVAC/R program is designed to do – help you get started toward a rewarding future in a growing field.

What you’ll learn

  • Install and service residential and commercial equipment.
  • Explore heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration theory, along with the design and construction of equipment.
  • Study the basics of maintenance and repair.

Possible careers

  • Residential HVAC installer/technician
  • Commercial HVAC/R installer/technician
  • Refrigeration mechanic
  • Indoor air quality specialist
  • Building automation system specialist
  • Start your own business (heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical & ventilation)

Employment-Ready Certifications

  • Certification through ESCO Group/ HVAC Excellence
  • No prerequisites required
  • Certificate offerings can be customized to match company’s specific needs

Upon completion, candidates are issued certificate of achievement.

Employment-Ready Certification Courses

The EPA 608 class will run May 23 and 24, 2024 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The class is to help prepare students for the EPA Refrigerant Handling License. The class will be offered at Belmont’s Main Campus. The cost of the course is $160 and includes the class, study guide, lunches, and the certification exam. The exam will be administered on campus at the Student Success Center. Results are immediate. This class and exam are approved and sanctioned by HVAC Excellence and the ESCO Group.

This class will give the individual an opportunity to learn all about the brazing and soldering processes. There is a relatively short training manual to accompany the learning in the classroom. The students will learn about the types of copper, the processes, brazing, soldering, and leak testing. This will be one test of 50 questions requiring a minimum 70% correct to PASS the test and gain the certification.

The System Recovery and Evacuation class will run May 21, 2024, from 8:00am to 4:00pm. This class will be held at Belmont’s Mechanical Technical Center (MTC) located at 68633 Bannock Rd., St. Clairsville. This class will cover an instructional and hands-on approach for legally and successfully recovering refrigerant, the evacuation process, proper tool use, safety and finally certification. The cost of the class is $99 and includes the class, a study guide, lab demonstrations and hands on lab, lunch, and the exam. The exam will be administered on campus in the Student Success Center. Passing the exam provides an Employment Ready Credential from HVAC Excellence and the Esco Group.

Certificates Offered (non-credit)

Spring Semester

  • EPA 608 Certification
  • Brazing & Soldering
  • System Recovery & Evacuation
  • A2L’s

Summer Semester

  • Residential A/C
  • Heat Pumps
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps

Fall Semester

  • Electric Heat
  • Gas Heat
  • Basic Refrigeration & Charging Procedures
  • Water Heaters
  • Mini-Split Core Essentials


Shan Kelley, HVAC/R Workforce Development Instructor is an alumni of Belmont College and has worked in the commercial field of HVAC as a journeyman. He provides instruction training and credentialing in many areas of the HVAC/R industry. This also includes plumbing and electrical, in the forms of certification and credentialing as provided from HVAC Excellence and the Esco group.

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Shan Kelley
HVAC/R Workforce Development Instructor
740.699.3869 tel