HVAC / Refrigeration

15 months, 1590 hours

This program is accredited by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) through the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and provides participants with defined career paths in the industry. The program uses project-based methods and national performance standards to teach students the knowledge and skills needed for a successful future in this field.

Instruction in this course includes the theory and application of the basic principles involved in the conditioning of air, cooling, heating, filtering and controlling of humidity. Students develop skills in assembling and installing tubes and pipes, motors, compressors, control devices, valves and thermostats, and gain an understanding of blueprints and schematics related to equipment and systems.

Students must be able to diagnose equipment malfunctions and be able to read and understand technical reference manuals. Energy management control technology is taught as it relates to domestic, commercial and industrial air systems, heat pumps, forced air conditioning systems and microcomputer systems control.

Graduates of this program have excellent opportunities for entry level employment or pursing an apprenticeship.

Industry Certifications:

  • Student Outcome Assessment (HVAC Excellence)
  • EPA 608 Certification
  • NCCER Core
  • Section 609 Certification for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
  • OSHA 30-hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· Two Navy HVAC Short Sleeve Tee Shirts with BCTC Logo· Two Pairs Navy Work Pants

· Navy Short Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo· Charcoal HVAC Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo

N/A Hard-soled shoes with leather tops Safety glasses provided by BCTC



The link provided for each book title will take you to Amazon.com. Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon. You may purchase the books from any vendor.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (MindTap Course List) (9th Edition) – by Bill Whitman, Bill Johnson, John Tomczyk, Eugene Silberstein

ISBN #:  978-0-35712-227-3


The Complete HVAC Lab Manual for Silberstein/Obrzut’s Electricity for Refrigeration, Heating, and Air Conditioning (10th Edition) – by Eugene Silberstein and Jason Obrzut

ISBN #:  978-1-33739-938-8


PPM for Heating and Cooling Technicians (Delmar’s Practical Problems in Mathematics) (6th Edition) (Paperback) – by Russell DeVore

ISBN #:  978-1-11154-135-4


Sheet Metal (Paperback) by Leo A Meyer

ASIN #:  B019NDR8X6

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Hard-soled shoes with leather tops 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
7 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 50 Pc 1 box Levels 1, 2, & 3 $9.00 Harbor Freight
Latex Coated Work Gloves 2 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 $1.99 / pair Harbor Freight, Walmart
25′ Tape Measure 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 FREE Harbor Freight

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.


Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Mathematics: see note above
  • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Sheet Metal Worker
  • Energy Auditor