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

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration prepares students to install, maintain, service, troubleshoot, and repair critical systems such as in data process centers and hospitals. The program enables students to learn how to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC equipment for equipment cooling and other related machinery. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory, and hands-on work in the laboratory or in the field. Along with core classes, academic skills emphasizing related math, science, and human relations components are stressed to help students prepare to meet challenges commonly found in the workplace.

Recommended Course Schedule

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.

Certificates of Achievement are a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to an associate 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 Certificate of Achievement.
  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
Commercial Refrigeration I
Motors for HVACR
Schematic Reading for HVAC/R
Boiler Operation and Maintenance
Total Units31

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Incorporate workforce safety principals while performing basic tasks of a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technician.
  • Interpret electrical/mechanical schematics on HVAC/R equipment to diagnose mechanical or electrical problems in a residential or light commercial environment.
  • Diagnose and repair electrical or mechanical problems on commercial air conditioning equipment; critical systems; chillers.