Construction Technologies, Skills Certificate

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

The Skill Certificate, Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) will help prepare students for entry-level positions to install, service, or repair air conditioning/heating systems. Students will gain a basic knowledge of electrical systems and components, schematic reading, and troubleshooting techniques in air conditioning/heating.

The skills certificate will prepare students to take the certification exams for: ©HVAC/R Excellence-Electrical and ©HVAC/R Excellence-Heating, Electrical, Air, Technology (H.E.A.T.). Students must pass all courses with a score of 70% or higher.

These courses may not transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).


Students completing the certificate will:

  • Identify, explain, troubleshoot, repair electrical systems and controls in HVAC/R systems and controls.
  • Identify and apply the elements of design techniques in HVAC/R.
  • Identify, troubleshoot and repair HVAC/R.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirement
AC 102Refrigeration Theory3
AC 106Residential Gas Heating6
AC 107Electrical and Controls for HVAC6
AC 113Schematic Reading for HVAC/R3
AC 150Basic Refrigeration Servicing6
Total Units24
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
AC 102 Refrigeration Theory (Certificate) 3
AC 107 Electrical and Controls for HVAC (Certificate) 6
AC 113 Schematic Reading for HVAC/R 3
 Semester Total12
2nd semester
AC 106 Residential Gas Heating (Certificate) 6
AC 150 Basic Refrigeration Servicing (Certificate) 6
 Semester Total12
 Total Units24