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Programs - Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology - 1050 Hours - 7 Credits
HVAC - I (750 Hours) HVAC- II (600 Hours)- 4 Credits

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Technology Program prepares you for employment as “Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technicians” or “Commercial Refrigeration Technicians.” Classroom, shop and laboratory activities are an integral part of the program. These activities include instruction in safety procedures and the care of tools, equipment, materials and processes found in the industry. Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology have 1000 common hours with the last 350 hours of the program specialized. Supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the industry is also available. The various exiting points of the program help you to get the training you need in a timely manner.

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Identify, use, and maintain the hand tools and tool accessories used in the heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration industry.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of fluids, pressures, refrigerants, and related codes.
  • Fabricate and service the piping, tubing, and fittings used in the heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration industry.
  • Troubleshoot and wire electrical motors and their components.
  • Assist in the installation of a residential heating and air-conditioning system and determine start-up procedures.
  • Utilize and operate mechanical refrigeration servicing and testing equipment.
  • Determine the properties of air.
  • Explain the standards for and ways to measure indoor-air quality.
  • Select appropriate commercial compressors.
  • Calculate commercial heating and air-conditioning loads.


  • The Contren Learning Series curriculum used in this program prepares students for valuable industry certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Training accomplishments are documented through NCCER’s national registry. In addition to NCCER certification, the student should obtain Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification prior to leaving school in order to be employed in any job that requires work with refrigerants.

Employment Opportunities
Air Conditioning Contractors employ most of the H.V.A.C. Technicians. Food store chains, school systems, hospitals and many industrial plants also have positions that are filled with H.V.A.C. Technicians and Commercial Refrigeration Technicians. Career growth is unlimited, many Building Automation Control Technicians and Installers come from H.V.A.C. backgrounds. Approximately one of every five technicians in the field are self-employed.

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of four occupational completion points. The recommended sequence allows students to complete specified portions of the program for employment or to remain for advanced training.  A student who completes the applicable competencies at any occupational completion point may either continue with the training program or terminate as an occupational completer.

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