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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration I (HVAC/R1)

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration I (HVAC/R1) program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the air conditioning & heating industry.

Toward this end the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the air conditioning and heating field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; and provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Details

Curriculum Framework

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Program Outlook

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration I (HVAC/R1) program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills needed for employment in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experience. Students are encouraged to join SkillsUSA and eligible students may be nominated by their teachers to join the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

Program Content

  • Refrigeration Fundamentals
  • Tools and Components
  • Basic Electricity, Circuitry and Wiring
  • Electric Motors
  • Room and Central Air Conditioner
  • Heating Recovery Systems and Heat Pumps
  • Employability Skills and Safety

Length of Program

The average length of this program is 750 hours, approximately 7-8 months, for adults if attending full-time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status, whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and the length of time necessary for the student to achieve competencies. This program contains several occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various entry-level jobs within this occupational area.

Entrance Requirements

  • Application.
    • Interview by guidance counselor.
    • Assessment in reading, math, and language.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school.
  • Fees:
    • ID $10.00
    • Application fee $15.00
    • Materials fee $100.00
    • Tuition $1920.00
    • Books $170.00
    • Miscellaneous fees
      1. Coveralls $50.00
      2. Eyeshield $3
      3. Goggles $4
      4. Work boots $75.00
  • Approximate total $2347.00

Entrance Dates

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis. Students may enter the program anytime during the school year. Entrance is dependent upon space availability.

Career Opportunities

Commercial Service Technician, Domestic Service Technician, Marine Air Conditioning Service Technician, Sales-Air Conditioning, Heating, or Refrigeration Equipment.

O*NET lists the following occupations that the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology I program prepare students to enter:

49-2092.00 Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

49-3051.00 Motorboat Mechanics

49-3052.00 Motorcycle Mechanics

49-3053.00 Outdoor Power Equipment and Other Small Engine Mechanics

49-9012.00 Control and Valve Installers and Repairers, Except Mechanical Door

49-9021.02 Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

49-9031.00 Home Appliance Repairers

49-9094.00 Locksmiths and Safe Repairers


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The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs:

Tuition & Fees: $ 1612.50/program
Room and Board:
No on-campus room or board provided
Off campus, not with family: Est. $ 10720/8 month program
Off campus, with family: Est. $6040/8 month program
Books and Supplies: $200/year
Other Cost:   N/A

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