Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Program


HVAC Program Partners with Lennox

HVAC certificate
Well-Equipped Labs
Transition to Employment
Aid Opportunities

North's HVAC program has been recently re-designed to enable students to move through the curriculum as far and fast as they are able, making it possible for some students to complete the program in less than four quarters.

The program emphasizes online instruction and proficiency-based assessments rather than classroom lectures and demonstrations, with each student receiving the individualized instructional support needed to master the content. Students must demonstrate 80 percent proficiency or higher on all knowledge and skill assessments.

This new format allows students to receive credit for what they already know and can do, making the learning process more efficient and less costly.  Students with prior experience or learning can test through those areas.

The HVAC program provides system training in residential heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. The program is one of the only ones like it in the Seattle area and has a solid reputation.

Technician Certificate

The 4-quarter, 53-credit-hour HVAC Technician certificate program provides flexibility so you can take necessary time to complete coursework. Hybrid classes are designed  for those without a background in HVAC or electricity. Basic classes give a broad overview of the field. 

The advanced classes teach specific required skills in residential heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. HVC 210 is cooling system equipment installation and HVC 211 is heating equipment installation.  Other classes teach servicing of equipment, control systems, and energy efficiency. 

The EPA requires certification to handle refrigerants, and certification the various areas are available from HVAC Excellence, a member of the ESCO Group the nation's leading HVAC school accrediting body.  North's certificate program provides testing for the EPA 608 exam and the other certifications on a set schedule throughout  the program.  The student pays for the exams. 

Well-Equipped Labs

The HVAC program has a new lab equipped with state-of-the-art equipment donated by theLennox and Carrier Corporations. The Fluke Corporation donated electrical testing equipment, and Granger, Inc., donated tools.

Transition to Employment

Besides specially designed student training and well-equipped labs, North's ties to the HVAC community help you in getting your first internships and entry -level jobs. Dealers selling Lennox, Trane, Carrier, American Standard and other HVAC equipment appreciate the quality of the training at North. Interviews with program students may be arranged.

Aid Opportunities

Financial aid opportunities and support services are available through several agencies such as Workforce Education.



I chose to go to a community college because of its accessibility and variety of programs…I see a lot of people like me here, who are immigrants, who have families, who work and study at the same time. In the community college I was able to advance step-by-step and get necessary skills in English first. I’m planning to continue working for North Seattle College after graduating. [A full-time employee in the Maintenance Department at North, he takes classes part-time.] I like its atmosphere, and I can see that my job, my knowledge and my skills are useful and needed.

—Elshan Aliyev
HVAC AAS program


Under instructor Mark Weber, North’s HVAC program has focused on the needs of the market, which means customer service as well as repair and servicing. Each week Mark would pose a particular situation online and have us discuss how to best handle customer needs. That focus, with Mark’s strong reference letter, helped me get my current job. My employers expected that a new grad would know technical aspects of the job. What they were looking for was someone who knew how to engage with the customer and sell while doing service. In my first four months I beat their all-time record on accessory sales!

The North program concentrates on heat pumps, AC and gas furnaces – the three most common appliances on the market. I recommend HVAC. It’s one of the most interesting construction-related fields, touching on electrical, plumbing, ventilation, and physics -- in a career where you can grow and earn a good income.

—Paul Vanier
HVAC and Architectural Engineering Drafting graduate

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Program

Mark Weber
(206) 934-3730

Workforce Instruction Division

Division Contacts
(206) 934-3730
Mailing Address
NSC Workforce Instruction Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
Laura Hopkins

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