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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration Technician

Sep 08, 2020
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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"
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  • 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.

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NAIT's Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician certificate offers training for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Students will learn how to commission, design, install, maintain, service and trouble shoot HVACR systems.

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. Students will work with hand tools and power tools, as well as computer programs and computer simulators. Instructional class time consists of 50% theory classes and 50% practical classes (computer lab/shop).

Graduates with this certificate will receive recognition for periods 1 and 2 of technical training towards the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) apprenticeship program. Graduates will receive full credit towards the 1st and 2nd periods of RACM once they successfully challenge 1st and 2nd period technical exams and obtain their on the job training hours.

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 recognition towards 1st and 2nd periods of technical training 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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Program Chair: Mark Nahnybida
Phone: 780.378.1226
Email: mnahnybida@nait.ca



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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 availability is subject to change without notice.