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

About Our Program:

This program is designed to prepare students for training and employment in the heating, air‐conditioning, and refrigeration and ventilation industry. The content of this program includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Practical knowledge of basic electricity and electrical components of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment
  • Evaluate, troubleshoot, and wire electrical motors, and their components
  • Use and care of hand tools, power tools, specialized tools, and equipment
  • Use of current industry standards, practices, and techniques
  • Maintenance, testing, and adjustment of various commercial heating and air‐conditioning accessories

The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) 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.

Admission Requirements:

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

Program Structure:

This program consists of 750 hours and is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP AIntroduction to HVAC/R250 Hours
OCP BHVAC/R Fundamentals250 Hours
OCP CHVAC/R Service Practices250 Hours
Total Hours: 750

Full Program Completion:

  • Completion of all program competencies
  • Basic Skills Level TABE®: Math 10, Reading 9, Language 9; or
  • HVAC Excellence Certification

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


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

Employment Outlook:

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

Financial Aid:

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at Visit the financial aid office for more information.

Program Hours:

South Dade Technical College
28300 S.W. 152nd Avenue
Leisure City, FL 33033
(305) 247-7839
Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:

Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology I

This program is designed to be completed in:30 weeks
Program cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting but may have changed. In-state: $2,325.00
750 hours x $2.56= $1,920.00

Out-of-state: $8,092.50
750 hours x $10.25= $7,687.50
Fees $35.00 x 3 terms= $105.00
Books and supplies= $300.00
Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.
The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Florida
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