About Our Program:

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

  • Recognize and identify basic construction drawing terms, components, and symbols
  • Design heating and cooling systems
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair commercial heating and cooling systems
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of electrical generation and distribution components for commercial heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Maintain, test and adjust various commercial heating and air‐conditioning accessories

The Air-Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology 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
  • Completion of Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Heating Technology 1
  • Occupational Interest

Program Structure:

This program consists of 600 hours and is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three Occupational Completion Points (OCPs):

OCP AAir Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 2250 Hours
OCP BAir Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technician
Refrigeration Mechanic
350 Hours
Total Hours: 600

Full Program Completion:

  • Completion of all program competencies
  • Basic Skills Level TABE®: Math 10, Reading 9, Language 9; or
  • Two (2) approved industry certifications

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


According to the 2020 Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $45,450 annually or $21.85 per hour.

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 www.fafsa.gov. 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 II

This program is designed to be completed in:24 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: $1,906.00
600 hours x $2.56= $1,536.00

Out-of-state: $6,520.00
600 hours x $10.25= $6,150.00
Fees $35.00 x 2 terms= $70.00
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
For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/