HVAC/R Fundamentals

  • New Program badge
HVAC/R student works on heating and cooling unit

New, part-time evening program designed for working adults!

Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Fundamentals Pathway Certificate Program

  • Class held two nights each week; complete the certificate in just one year. Prepare to become an HVAC technician and installer.
  • No previous HVAC skills needed to enter program.
  • 15 credit program. All credits transfer into our HVAC/R diploma and degree programs. That means, when the time is right for you, you can continue your education and potentially increase your career opportunities and salary.
Apply now. Start in August 2020!

Program Code: 616015

The HVAC/R Fundamentals certificate will enhance basic understanding and skills of incumbent workers employed in the HVAC/R industry who were hired with little background education or knowledge of the field. The certificate will provide foundation knowledge and training in the basics of electricity, control circuits, and heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. With additional coursework graduates of this certificate can ladder into the two-year HVAC/R technical diploma or AAS degree programs.

Follow Your Path

The HVAC/R Fundamentals Pathway Certificate will ladder 100% into 31-401-1, Refrigeration, Air Cond & Heating Service and 10-601-1, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology.


Employment Potential

A completer of this certificate will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

HVAC/R Installers

HVAC/R Technicians


Requirements for Program Entry

• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more.

Students following the study plan below will complete the HVAC/R Fundamentals certificate in the number of semesters shown.
10-601-111 HVAC/R ELECTRICAL FUNDAMENTALS ...AC and DC electricity, application of Ohm's Law principles to circuits, electrical power supplies, wiring materials, meter operation, test and troubleshoot switching circuits using industry standard meters and techniques. (Prerequisite: Accepted into HVAC Tech Program)
10-601-127 HVAC/R CONTROL CIRCUITS ...relay and HVAC/R electrical control circuit schematic development and analysis; wiring, testing and troubleshooting relay and HVAC/R control circuits; diagnose common HVAC/R system problems by analyzing the control circuit. (Prerequisites: 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fund; 10-601-133, HVAC/R Refrig Fund; 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; Corequisites: 10-601-121, HVAC/R Heating Fund; 10-601-159, Mech Serv Apps & Sheet Metal)
10-601-121 HVAC/R HEATING FUNDAMENTALS ...principles of combustion for fossil fuels, burner set-up, heating system basics, combustion testing for residential systems, and basic mechanical heating service. (Prerequisites: 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fund; 10-601-133, HVAC/R Refrig Fund; 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; Corequisites: 10-601-127, HVAC/R Control Circuits; 10-601-159, Mech Serv Apps & Sheet Metal)
10-601-133 HVAC/R REFRIGERATION FUNDAMENTALS ...principles of refrigeration and air conditioning, temperature, heat and pressure measurement, system component operation, testing for proper system operation using industry standard tools and practices. (Prerequisites: Accepted into HVAC/R program; Corequisites: 10-601-116, HVAC/R Mech Svc Fund & Safety; 10-601-111, HVAC/R Electrical Fundamentals)
10-601-113 HVAC/R REFRIGERATION/AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS ...residential/light commercial refrigeration and air conditioning system analysis, start-up, service, repair and troubleshooting using industry standard tools and techniques, evacuation, recovery, charging techniques, Federal certification preparation. (Prerequisites: 10-601-121, HVAC/R Heating Fundamentals and 10-601-127, HVAC/R Control Circuits; Co-requisite 10-601-128, HVAC/R Heating Systems )