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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C+ in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

NAIT's Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate offers training for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Graduates with this certificate receive full credit for periods 1 and 2 of technical training required for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship program and exemption from the period one exam (period two exam can be challenged).

The goals of the certificate are to provide familiarity with the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry and understanding of the operating principles of industry-specific equipment, systems and procedures. You'll be introduced to the theory and equipment in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries by studying air flow, controls, blueprint reading and computer software applications.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

The Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate provides an intensive technical introduction to the applied sector of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. The concentrated one-year training package prepares students for entry-level employment in this very diverse job market.

Classroom & Study Hours

Students can expect to spend, on average

  • 33 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 15 to 30 hours per week studying and completing class assignments

Is This Program For You?

This program will appeal to those with a general mechanical background looking for focused, job-ready training, or to individuals with a related trades certification, such as sheet metal, electrical, plumbing or instrumentation, who desire fast re-training.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Successful completion of the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate provides entry into NAIT's Building Environmental Systems Technology program, or advanced credit in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship program.

Graduates of the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician certificate find rewarding entry-level positions in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. After successful completion of year 1, students are awarded a certificate as a Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician. Graduates generally find positions in

  • contracting
  • industry-specific wholesale businesses
  • heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment manufacturing industry
  • technical sales

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Term 1

ELEC1135Electricity Fundamentals
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces electricity as it applies to the HVAC&R industry. Emphasis will be placed on the connection and analysis of basic electrical circuits and equipment used in the industry. The course will also cover the application of the relevant sections of the Canadian Electrical Code and standards.

HVAC1110Principles of Refrigeration
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and applications of refrigeration systems. Emphasis will be on the use of industry specific tools and analytical processes on working systems.

HVAC1120Piping Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces piping material, connection methods and fundamental pipework skills. Emphasis will be on typical piping material and techniques used in the HVAC&R field. The course will include soldered, brazed and threaded connection methods.

HVAC1140Fundamentals of HVAC
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces basic concepts of airconditioning. Emphasis will be on the properties of air as they relate to typical commercial, residential and industrial systems. This course includes system components, analysis of systems and maintenance procedures.

HVAC1150Fundamental Technologist Skills
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces drafting methods, data processing methods, blueprints, specifications and technical report writing as they relate to the HVAC&R industry.

HVAC1160Heating Systems and Applications
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces heating systems as they apply to the HVAC&R industry. Emphasis will be placed on gas fired equipment as well as the relevant codes, regulations and standards that apply to them. Alternative heating applications and troubleshooting will also be covered in this course.

Term 2

ELEC1235Advanced Electricity and Controls
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program. Prerequisite: ELEC1135
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course will introduce advanced electrical concepts as they apply to the HVAC&R industry. Three phase systems and motors will be the emphasis along with control theory and components.

ELEC1240Electrical Troubleshooting
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program. Prerequisite: ELEC1135.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces concepts of electrical troubleshooting through the use of advanced diagrams and complex HVAC&R systems.

HVAC1210Refrigeration Components
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program. Prerequisite: HVAC1110
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the components that are used in refrigeration systems. Industry specific values, compressors and heat transfer equipment will be evaluated through system analysis and comparison.

HVAC1220Refrigeration Project
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program. Prerequisites: HVAC1110, HVAC1120.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course, a working refrigeration system will be constructed, commissioned, analyzed and presented. Decommissioning, retrofit and refrigerant conversion techniques will also be covered.

HVAC1250Ventilation Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program. Prerequisite: HVAC1140, HVAC1160.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces ventilation systems, make up air systems and industry specific components used in the HVAC&R industry. Entry level troubleshooting, testing and balancing are also demonstrated in this course.

HVAC1260Air Conditioning Systems
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program. Prerequisites: HVAC1140, HVAC1160.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the installation, operation and troubleshooting techniques of basic, commercial, industrial and institutional air conditioning systems.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $925
Tuition Cap: $8,653

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,000
Level 1 Term 2: $300


Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 11 English,
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
  • One of: Physics 20 or Science 20 or Chemistry 20.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

OR

  • Successful completion of the entrance exam through Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) can be used in lieu of the English, Math, and Science requirements.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Please note: Apprenticeship and Industry Training screens Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics for English 30-2, Math 30-3, and one of Physics 20 or Chemistry 20. Graduates of the NAIT HVAC program who want to continue with the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship program may be required to successfully complete the AIT entrance exam to be eligible.

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

TransCanada - Aboriginal Entrance Awards Program $2,200.00
  • Award Amount: $2,200.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a student of Aboriginal ancestry who is entering into any full-time program at NAIT related to the oil & gas/power industry. Awarded on the basis of community of origin, community involvement, academic achievement in high school, evidence of planning a career path, as well as financial need.

The Princess Auto Foundation Bursaries - HVAC $2,500.00
  • Award Amount: $2,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and a minimum academic achievement of 70% in the first semester of the program.

Johnson Controls HVAC Specialist Scholarship - Winter $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to first year students enrolled in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician (HVAC) program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the first semester of the program.

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