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

The climate is right for success

Program Objective:

This program is designed to develop competencies in heating and air-conditioning system operations, start-up and troubleshooting procedures as well as electrical diagnostics, heat loads and airflow calculations.

Program Content:

The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration program provides classroom and laboratory (hands-on experiences which enable students to become proficient in the installation, repair and maintenance of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. The laboratory contains a variety of residential central air conditioning units and industry simulators.

Content also includes basic supervisory skills, use and care of hand tools, power tools, specialized tools and equipment, and use of current industry standards, practices and techniques. The course/program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

Admission Requirements:

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program

  • Occupational Interest

Completion Requirements:

The entire program is 1350 hours but students can earn a certificate upon completion of the following OCPs:

OCP AIntroduction to HVAC/R250 Hours
OCP BHVAC/R Fundamentals250 Hours
OCP CHVAC/R Service Practices250 Hours
OCP DHVAC/R Intermediate Service Practices250 Hours
OCP EHVAC/R Advanced Service Practices350 Hours
Total Hours: 1350

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Reading, 10th grade in Math and 9th grade in Language on the Test of Adult Basic Education Test (TABE®) or passing the HVAC Excellence Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services. Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanics
  • Mechanic Helpers
  • Air-Conditioning and Heating Installer
  • Warehouse & Parts Supplier
  • Marine Air Conditioning Technician
  • Building Maintenance Engineers
  • Refrigeration Sales and Services

Employment Requirements:

  • Certification Sec. 6081

  • Environmental Protection Agency EPA


The average wage for this career in Florida is $21.85 hourly or $45,450 annually.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Program Cost:

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)

  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (Subject to change)

  • $15.00 application fee per trimester

  • Material fee – $25.00

  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester

  • Liability insurance fee – $10.50

  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if applicable

Program Hours:

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

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