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HVAC/R Installation, Career Pathway certificate

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) 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. The estimated cost of books and tools is $675. Learn more on the program overview page.

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Career Pathway Certificate: HVAC/R InstallationLess than 1 year

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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:

  • 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 startup
  • 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.


Course listing for the 2022-2023 catalog year.

FMT 101Refrigeration I2
FMT 102Refrigeration II2
FMT 103Refrigeration III2
FMT 111Refrigeration Electrical I2
FMT 112Refrigeration Electrical II2
FMT 113Refrigeration Electrical III2
FMT 210Basic HVAC/R Installation & Techniques2
Total Credits14

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