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

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Modern conveniences like indoor heating and air are easily taken for granted…until something goes wrong. That’s when you need a professional to troubleshoot and repair the system. By earning the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration certificate from Seminole State, you’ll be prepared to do that and more. With hands-on learning geared toward the principles of technology, labor issues, safety and environment, you can advance your skill set and build the foundation you need to enter the workforce as an integral part of keeping climate-control and refrigeration systems in optimal condition year round.

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Getting Started: Summer Term 2021

March 15:  Financial Aid


May 3:  Application


May 10:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than trade schools.
  • High-tech facilities: Labs are equipped with the latest technologies that simulate real-world job conditions.  
  • Industry involvement: Our industry-focused certificate programs offer excellent connections to Central Florida employers.
  • Hands-on experience: Practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Career advancement: Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce upon certificate completion.

Additional Information

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
Type: Career Certificate
Major Code: HVACREF-VC
CIP: 0615050110
Educational Pathway: HVACREF-VC

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Spring 2021
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 is a theoretical and practical course in the selection, testing, adjustment and troubleshooting of commercial system compressors and evaporator condensers. Students will also gain knowledge in the basic principles of sizing various heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation for various tasks and the understanding of pressure and temperature drops. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in maintaining, trouble shooting and repairing both commercial heating and air conditioning systems. Students will receive training in variable refrigerant volume systems (VRV) and variable refrigerant flow systems (VRF). Students will also gain advanced knowledge in interpreting, using and modifying construction drawing and specifications. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in hydronic systems and understanding the principles of psychometrics. Students will receive training in the use of a pressure enthalpy chart to diagram refrigerant cycles. Students will also gain knowledge in the standards for ways to measure indoor air quality methods. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in chilled water systems and a more advanced knowledge of commercial heating and air-conditioning loads. Students will receive training in the balancing of air and water distribution systems using a psychrometric chart to evaluate air properties and changes in air properties. Students will also gain knowledge in identifying and explaining the operation of energy conservation equipment. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in building management systems and retail, commercial and industrial refrigeration systems. Students will also gain a working knowledge of electrical generation and distribution components for commercial heating and air conditioning systems. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in refrigeration-system vibration and insulation and commercial refrigeration pipe sizing and troubleshooting. Students will also gain a working knowledge of refrigerated storage systems with advanced refrigeration systems skills training. Lab fee required.
This is a theoretical and practical course in maintaining, testing, troubleshooting and repairing ice-machine systems following manufacturers recommendations. Students will gain a working knowledge in specialty refrigeration systems, testing the solid-state components used in commercial refrigeration systems and explaining the operations of various types of commercial refrigeration systems and applications such as single, multiplex and cascade systems. 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'.
Total Hours: 1350

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Tuition and Fees*

 Seminole State
Tuition$70
Fees$14
Total per Credit Hour$84
Total per Contact Hour Rate$3

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2019-20 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on program costs for in-state students according to the 2019-20 fee schedule. The cost for books, supplies and any other program-related expenses will vary by program. Financial aid may be available for qualified students. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

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