Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology I Career Certificate

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We all know who the real heroes in Florida are … the heating and air companies. Get hands-on learning for installing and servicing equipment as well as troubleshooting electrical and mechanical components. This certificate prepares students for a career as HVACR technicians and installers.

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Getting Started: Fall 2020 12W Session

Aug. 17:   Financial Aid

Sept. 9:   Application

Sept. 14:   Classes Begin

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) I Career Certificate
Type: CareerCert
Major Code : ACRFHT-VC
CIP: 0615050111
Educational Pathway: ACRFHT-VC

Program Description

This career certificate program prepares students for employment or advanced training in the heating, air conditioning, ventilation and refrigeration industry. The program consists of classroom as well as hands-on lab study. Areas of study include planning, installing, testing and servicing of HVACR systems, servicing, installing and troubleshooting electrical and mechanical components and basic supervisory skills. Students will gain knowledge in the use and care of hand, power and specialized tools and equipment used within the industry and current industry standards, practices and techniques.

Candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Apply and be accepted at Seminole State
  • If non-exempt, complete the Form 11, Level D Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and successfully meet the following minimum scores to complete the program:
    • Language: 584
    • Math: 627
    • Reading: 576

Note: Departmental consent is required. This is a full-time day track program and is financial aid eligible. Please speak with your program advisor before declaring your program major on your application to ensure the proper selection.

Total program hours: 750

Available Courses
Required Courses
The following courses are designed to be taken in consecutive order, one class at a time.
This is a theoretical and practical course outlining the introduction to the HVAC/R industry and how environmental conditions are related to heating and air-conditioning technology. It introduces the student to the proper use and care of hand and power tools, and OSHA compliant shop and jobsite safety practices by obtaining their OSHA 10-hour certification. Students will also gain knowledge in useful construction math skills to accurately analyze and apply data and measurements to solve problems and in reading and interpreting various types of construction drawings and written specifications. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course covering electrical concepts within the HVACR industry. Electrical safety, alternating and direct current, parallel circuits, series circuits and Ohm's Law will be introduced. Students will participate in hands-on instruction in the use of an electrical meter and the practical uses of Ohm's Law. Students will gain knowledge in electrical theory, design, flow, wiring and sequence of operation. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course that includes the study of refrigeration concepts within the HVACR industry. Areas of study include refrigeration theory and applications, refrigerant identification, its application and the handling and storage procedures. Students will also gain knowledge in refrigeration components and troubleshooting methods as well as characteristics of heat types and the application of heat. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course that includes the study of service applications within the HVAC/R industry. Areas of study include troubleshooting heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration components and accessories, and various types of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration ventilation piping. Students will also receive instruction on soldering, brazing and welding techniques and mechanical joining methods. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course of maintaining, testing and troubleshooting electrical motors and mechanical components of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Students will also gain knowledge in solid-state electronics as used in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems to include the troubleshooting and repairing of circuits and boards. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course on the functions of servicing and testing mechanical refrigeration equipment. Students will also gain knowledge in the installation of residential heating and air conditioning systems to include the electrical and mechanical operations of the basic heat pump. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in conducting start-up and check-out procedures for mechanical heating and air conditioning systems. Students will also gain knowledge in combustion-type heating servicing and testing equipment as well as troubleshooting combustion gas valves and regulators. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in understanding the design of heating and cooling systems. Areas of study will include load calculations, selection of heating and/or cooling equipment, air-flow distribution, basic duct construction and zone damper motors. Lab fee required.
This course provides the opportunity for students to develop the necessary skills in all areas of career development in the HVAC/R Industry. Students will gain knowledge in interviewing skills as well as writing an effective and professional resume'.
This program has been identified as a U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program. For more information, visit

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Tuition and Fees*

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Total per Credit Hour$84
Total per Contact Hour Rate$3

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