HVAC Technical Arts Center Programs

About Technical Arts Center

Our Learning Module, subject-based training program is designed to take almost any inexperienced person with a little mechanical aptitude and instill in him, or her, the skills needed to begin a career in the exciting, high paying HVAC field in a shorter amount of time than other learning institutions. Our accelerated step-by-step technical excellence program is based on proven techniques, processes and procedures developed after years of hands-on experience by award winning founder, Joe Cunningham. Beneficial for both students and the companies they work for, our courses are delivered by the finest technical instructors in the country in an easy to learn and understand format, consisting of both classroom and laboratory experience. The Technical Arts Center program is designed to cover virtually every aspect of a technician's career and is formatted into courses called Learning Modules. Following our course structure in sequence, gives students the ability to prepare for each season and apply their knowledge in the field while it's fresh in their minds. 


The Technical Arts Center Learning Modules:

  • Fast Start Maintenance Technician
  • Air Conditioning Specialist
  • Heating Specialist
  • Troubleshooting Technology

Coming Soon: 

  • Installation Specialist
  • Fast Start Plumbing 

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Fast Start Maintenance Technician

This 9-day HVAC class serves as the preliminary course designed to take a student, without any previous mechanical knowledge, and teach them the basics required to succeed as a maintenance technician. It covers general information that students can build upon to reach their career goal in the heating and cooling industries. This is the first step in obtaining an EPA certification that is necessary to work in the HVAC Industry. In both classroom and hands-on settings, the topics covered include: 

  • Refrigeration Cycle 
  • Heating Cycle in furnaces and electric air handlers 
  • Electric Basics 
  • Airflow 
  • AC 
  • Gas Heating 
  • Heat Pump 
  • Airflow

There is also one day of sales training to get your technician ready to interact with customers. Once they return to your shop, graduates of the the Fast Start Maintenance Technician program will be ready to perform maintenance duties.


Air Conditioning Specialist

This 3-day Learning Module provides students with a complete understanding of the air conditioning and refrigeration cycle. These basics are an absolute necessity for any technician intending to diagnose and repair cooling problems in an HVAC system.

Any modern HVAC specialist needs a complete and thorough understanding of how to handle all refrigerants that are delivered in this program so any situation that should arise in the field can be handled. Due to the increasing number of refrigerant types and new equipment styles being developed today, this class is a imperative for any technician looking to work with both high and low pressure systems. During this course, students will learn safety, troubleshooting, refrigerant reclamation procedures, and other skills necessary to successfully perform service work on virtually any residential or light commercial air conditioning system.

Heating Specialist

This course focuses on how to properly diagnose and repair problems in existing heating systems. It includes learning the skills needed to understand the efficiences and complexities of new furnaces and heat pumps as they continually evolve due to regulatory and design changes. This 3-day Learning Module will enable the student to learn the inherent dangers associated with fossil fuel burning furnaces, the correct safety and maintenance procedures, trouble shooting techniques, and repair processes on natural gas, LP and oil fired heating systems.

Troubleshooting Technology

This 3-day electrical course is critical in today's ever changing and advancing technical world. Troubleshooting Technology provides students the ability to read and comprehend both the basic concepts and diagrams utilized in older systems, and the advanced wiring and communicating controls contained in the most advanced systems currently being installed. They will also discover how to trace down most electrical problems in the vast array of systems in the field today and successfully troubleshoot most basic and advanced electrical systems.

The knowledge of and skills learned in this unique electrical technology program will help any technician achieve greater success and become even more valuable as a system specialist in the highly competitive heating and cooling business.

Coming Soon! 

Installation Specialist

The Installation Specialist Program is critical to our student’s ability to have a successful career in the heating and cooling industries. According to most major manufacturers and consumer publications, installation techniques and skills determine up to 80% of an HVAC system’s performance. The knowledge gained in this hands on, enhanced energy related skills rich program is sure to make the graduating attendee one of the most valuable installation experts in the field today and is something that the attendees will be able to quickly put into practice as soon as they successfully graduate from this program.

This unique, heavily hands on balanced program will cover the most common installation techniques in both new construction and replacement, how to overcome many existing design flaws to improve system performance in a replacement job, the importance of achieving proper air balance for improved comfort and efficiency and the understanding of duct and equipment layout, design, and high performance installation.

Travel and Accommodations

Air Travel

There are two airports in Houston. However, we recommend flights be arranged into Houston Intercontinental Airport - IAH. From there, students should take an uber to the school, or to their hotel depending on their time of arrival. 

Ground Transportation

Students will receive a free shuttle ride from the hotel to the school and back. To keep students focused on the task at hand, we recommend not renting a car while attending the class. 

Technical Arts Center Hotel Information

Please call the hotel directly to book for the special rates listed below:

Residence Inn Marriott - Willowbrook

7311 West Greens Road

Houston, TX 77068


Room block is under Technical Arts Center

Single one bedroom suite is $89.00 + tax per night all-inclusive rate

Double bedroom suite is $110.00 + tax per night all-inclusive rate  

Hotel Information:

  • Includes Free shuttle to and from class each day. Airport transportation IS NOT PROVIDED by the hotel.
  • The hotel does provide a free continental breakfast each morning served in the lobby from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. Monday – Friday and from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Saturday – Sunday.
  • The hotel provides a “Social Mixer” Monday – Wednesday in the evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. where they serve a light meal free of charge.
  • Each suite has a full kitchen and separate living area and WiFi is provided complimentary.
  • Amenities include an indoor pool and whirl pool, outdoor tennis and basketball court.
  • The hotel is within walking distance to restaurants and The Willowbrook Mall.

Class Information

  • Class is held 9-days straight from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day and students should be prepared to be present all 9 days.
  • Students should wear jeans and close toed shoes, preferably work boots, and should come to class dressed each day as they would when going to a customers’ home representing your company.
  • Lunch is provided to the students each day free of charge by Technical Arts Center. We do not cater to special meals needs so if you require this you will need to make other meal arrangements for yourself.

Additional Information:

  • Preferred airport is IAH due to proximity to the hotel (20-30 min.). Hobby is on the southside of Houston and is an hour away. Please prepare flight and Uber/Lyft/Taxi transportation to the hotel accordingly. Airport transportation IS NOT PROVIDED by the hotel.

Each morning, attendees please meet in the lobby by 7:30 a.m. for the free shuttle to and from class.