Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Installation is a condensed 14-credit program that prepares you for an entry level position in the HVAC/R Industry. A PCC Certificate will be granted upon completion.

See Tuition and Fees for the cost per credit and use the college cost calculator to approximate the cost of your tuition and fees for the term. Estimated cost of books and tools are $675.


All classes are at Swan Island Trades Center. Classes are presented Monday through Thursday for nine weeks, followed by an intensive two week ‘hands on’ practicum covering installation practices. Prepare yourself for employment with this short term training program that is taught by skilled industry professionals.


In this program you will learn:

HVAC/R Apprentice.
  • ACR Tubing
  • Basic Natural Gas Piping
  • Basic Sheet Metal Operation
  • Best Work Practices
  • Clean Up
  • Combustion Air
  • Controls Installation
  • Customer Relations
  • Duct Sizing
  • Equipment Set-up
  • Ergonomics
  • HVAC/R Accessories
  • Introduction to Mechanical Code
  • Proper Refrigerant Handling
  • Systems Start Up
  • Venting

You will learn mechanical refrigeration basics and progress through troubleshooting and print reading. These skills will open the doors to many different jobs in the HVAC/R service industry, as well as have the potential for promising careers in the HVAC/R service and maintenance fields.


Students will be required to have a toolbox (see toolbox list.)

Industry Certifications

Both CFC and Brazing Certifications are needed to work in the field. The program classes will prepare you to obtain these certifications. See Industry Certifications for locations where you can take the exams and obtain certification after you have completed the program.

What's Next?

  1. Apply for admission to PCC. Follow the helpful new student checklist.
  2. Take the Compass placement test. (See placement requirements in the catalog.)
  3. Attend a short orientation & registration with the department.

To schedule a meeting please contact Rick Willebrand.