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About Us

Centura College is committed to connecting communities and careers!

What do we do?

At Centura College, we are dedicated to helping students gain the skills and attitudes necessary to succeed. Drawing from over 30 years of career school experience, we are committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student. Whether you are a recent high school graduate just starting out, planning to return to the workplace in a new career field, or a member of our Armed Forces preparing to enter the civilian workforce, Centura College can get you the training you need quickly. At Centura College, it's all about the training!

Why choose us?

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) training will prepare you for entry level positions within the HVAC industry.

    If you're looking for a career with more hands-on time, this could be for you. Get practical hands-on instruction in installation, repair and maintenance of air conditioning and heating systems, residential and commercial refrigeration, heat pumps, hydronics and many other areas and prepare to take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification exam. As a graduate, career opportunities may exist with HVAC companies, builders and contractors, or other specialty companies.

  • Industry Focused Instruction

    We meet with employers to assess industry needs. Our small class sizes and simulated work environments are a chance for you to learn and practice your new skills. You will train closely with our dedicated and experienced instructors.

  • We give you the knowledge you need to succeed.

    Our dedication to your education goes past enrollment. We offer career placement assistance to help you with your resume, job search, and interview prep.


Discover more about us

Centura College first began offering career placement services in 1969, and in 1983 opened its first school, Electronic Institute of Technology in Norfolk, Virginia. Over the years, it continued to expand its training options and campus locations. In 1991, Tidewater Tech opened its fourth location in Hampton Roads just off Greenbrier Parkway in Chesapeake. In 2008, the school's name was changed to Centura College.

School Philosophy

Centura College is a distinguished co-educational institution committed to the education and personal enrichment of each student. Students can succeed in our collegiate environment when properly motivated, taught to set goals, and encouraged to take responsibility for their own success in furthering their education. All aspects of the school are enriched with creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, while instilling a high degree of business ethics and professionalism. This facilitates the easy transition from a student to a professional in a career. Each program offered is specifically designed to qualify graduates for a career position in government, business, or industry.

Our Mission Statement

  • ▷ We help adult students gain the skills and attitudes necessary for a meaningful entry level career position.

  • ▷ We strive to be responsive to the needs of our students, area businesses, industries, and government.

  • ▷ We are committed to high academic standards in all of our curricular offerings.

  • ▷ We are dedicated to providing the services that support our students’ efforts to succeed.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and
Mechanics and Installers

Average Annual Wages, May 2018

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

In May 2018, the average annual wages for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

All data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools


Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance


Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods


Direct Selling Establishments


Building Equipment Contractors


Heating, Air Conditioning, and
Mechanics and Installers

Percent Change in Employment,
Projected 2016-26

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth. The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is also expected to increase demand for qualified HVACR technicians.

Repair and replacement of HVACR systems is a large part of what technicians do. The growing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction is likely to increase the demand for HVACR technicians as climate-control systems are retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced entirely.

All data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Heating, Air conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers


Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations


Total, All Occupations


Support services for you.

Here at Centura College, we think about the student first. So whether you are changing careers, transitioning from the military, or a recent high school graduate, we offer a wide variety of tools and support to help you reach your goal.

  • Programs

    With a variety of programs in the medical, business, and trades fields, we help you find what is best suited for you to reach your goals.

  • Accreditation

    Centura College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). So you can be confident in your education.

  • Military Students

    We value those who serve and have served in the US military. We are honored to accept VA education benefits.

  • Student Services

    Our full-time advisors keep you connected and involved in your education, from the moment you enroll to even after you graduate.

  • Financial Aid - For Those Who

    Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Contact your local campus to speak to a designated Financial Aid Representative.
    * Combination Welding is not currently eligible for Title IV funding.

  • Flexible Schedule

    Centura College offers day, evening, and weekend classes. Schedules vary by location. Contact your campus to find out training schedules.

Companies that have hired our graduates.

Companies That Have Hired Our Graduates

At Centura College, it's all about the training!

Start your training to master a skilled trade today!

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