Certificate of Achievement - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)

The HVAC/R certificate of achievement prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. The training focuses on maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of modern equipment used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout Northern Nevada. Emphasizing hands-on training, the program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for industry-standard certifications and sought by employers.

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of HVAC/R principles and applications and the skills to work safely and efficiently in the HVAC industry.
  • Design residential and commercial HVAC/R systems.
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to troubleshoot and repair residential and commercial HVAC/R systems.

Gainful Employment

While all of the educational programs at Truckee Meadows Community College are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires that we provide information on specific certificate programs. More information on Gainful Employment is available on the the TMCC website. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make your career and educational choices.


Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses within an AAS degree that can serve as a stepping stone to an AAS degree or allow students to enter the workforce.  Certificates of Achievement have a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the AAS.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Human Relations 3
Workplace Readiness
Mathematics 3
Certificate Requirements
AC 102Refrigeration Theory3
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 150Basic Refrigeration Servicing6
OSH 222General Industry Safety1
Elective Requirements
Select 6 units from the following:6
Residential Gas Heating
Heat Pumps
AC 121
Commercial Refrigeration I
Boiler Operation and Maintenance
Total Units31
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 102 Refrigeration Theory 3
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC 6
Communications 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
OSH 222 General Industry Safety 1
 Semester Total16
2nd semester
AC 150 Basic Refrigeration Servicing 6
Electives 2 6
Human Relations 2 3
 Semester Total15
 Total Units31

See approved General Education list for the AAS Degree.


 See program recommendations or requirements.