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According to a 2009 study, earning a certificate, career diploma, or associate’s degree in the HVACR leads to median earnings 27 percent higher than what can be expected with only a high-school education. Obtaining an HVAC technology certification through the National Coalition of Certification Center (NC3) not only has practical advantages, but it may also provide a nice salary bump and improve long-term career progression. LEC's 11-month evening program is designed for the working professional and provides unparalleled training and preparation for the National Coalition of Certification Center (NC3) certification exam.

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Introducing LEC's HVACR Program

State-of-the-Art Lab

There is state-of-the-art and then there is awesome! When the LEC leadership team decided to pursue the installation of a modern teaching facility, Trane was a natural partner. Bringing their expertise in all things heating, ventilation,  air-conditioning, and refrigeration, the Trane team provided expert counsel and step-by-step training on how to set-up a world-class lab and program.

An added benefit, unique to the LEC program, is that students will deploy their newly learned lab lessons by working hands-on with the real-world tech across the Lake Erie College campus. The facilities include diverse HVAC from older heating systems to modern day digitally controlled units. The diversity allows students a tremendous opportunity.

Commercial & Residential

Unique to Lake Erie College's  HVACR program is the emphasis on commercial institutional products and installation. Students training in the field will find it tough to break into the workforce without training on the new digital controls and modern tech replicated in the HVAC training suite at LEC. 

Real World Experience

What makes the LEC HVACR experience different than other training programs? First and foremost, the brand new, modern Trane labs afford students the opportunity to train on the newest and most advanced systems and to apply both practical and classroom concepts on real world systems. Students take their newly honed skills and apply them in real time, working on the 160 year old systems across the LEC campus. The Trane labs also boast the latest in innoation with interactive classrooms and modern labs, tucked away on the beautiful LEC campus. 

Lake Shore Compact

LEC is proud of our partnership with area high schools, supporting work-force development and technical training. This initiative includes Mentor, Willoughby and Willowick. 

Harvey High School Partnership

Supporting Harvey High School skilled trade program, the LEC HVACR program and lab will be utilized during the school day to train Harvey High students on the basic HVAC curriculum. 


Convenient Classes

With convenient evening classes, the HVACR program can be completed in as little as one year with four unique course modules.

Coursework will cover everything from electrical processes to refrigeration, air distribution, ventilation and more, afording the student an innovative and sustainable perspective on installing, maintaining and repairing vital quality-of-life systems as an HVACR technician.

Advanced Controls

Today, there are dedicated, advanced gateways that connect HVAC Systems with Home Automation and BMS (Building Management Systems) controllers for centralized control and monitoring. Learning the skills, install and manage advanced controls and complex HVAC systems  is one of the most challenging elements of the LEC HVACR training program.

Practitioners that have advanced the way solutions are capable of providing remote control operation of all HVAC indoor units over the internet incorporating a simple and friendly user interface.

NC3 Difference

The National Coalition of Certification Centers is a value-driven organization and the future model for Career and Technical Education, creating highly-skilled, job-ready professionals through a growing network of educational partners and global industry leaders.

Program Details


The 576-hour program offers four modules with one course per semester. The modules prepare students for the following NC3 Certifications:

EPA License 608
EPA License 609
OSHA 30-Hour Safety Certificate

This certificate preparation program does not carry with it academic credit that applies to Lake Erie College degree programs. The program follows LEC's undergrad calendar regarding tuition refund schedule, etc.


Program Modules

Classes meet three times a week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

Topics covered in the courses will prepare students to take the following licensure exams (administered by Lake Erie College with certificates issued by the EPA)

There are four modules:

  • Electrical Theory & Safety
  • Theory of Heat
  • Low Pressure Boilers
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration



Fees & Scholarships

Each module is twelve weeks long. Applications are processed on a rolling basis. The price of the full program pricing is $14,700. (Tuition includes all tools and supplies; students will be billed each semester). 

Trane has provided scholarship funds for students who meet the program requirements. Inquire below for more information.


Meet Our Leadership Team

Herb Dill, Executive Director

Meet Herb, bringing over twenty-five years of experience in all things facilities management to the program. Herb was instrumental in the upstart of the HVACR program and looks forward to the day when the training program is at full capacity, training over one hundred students per year. 

Rob Goe, Program Director of HVACR 

As a maintenance professional at Lake Erie College, Rob excelled at facilities management and HVACR at LEC. His innovative spirit and dedication was the driving force behind the establishment of the HVACR program. 

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Interested in taking the next big step into your new career path? Register today to star the enrollment process.

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