Technical Standards for the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Program

A student wishing to enroll in the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology curriculum must meet the following standards:

  • Have sufficient visual capacity to read prints, schematics and other documents, as well as meters and testers
  • Be able to clearly distinguish primary colors
  • Have good peripheral vision and depth perception
  • Be capable of hearing tones of various pitches emitted by testers and meters
  • Be capable of hearing equipment running/operating to determine if working correctly
  • Be able to communicate with co-workers at a moderate distance without line of sight
  • Be able to climb ladders up to 35 feet in length while carrying tools and equipment
  • Be able to lift objects weighing up to 60 pounds and install equipment overhead
  • Not have a debilitating fear of heights, crawl spaces or confined spaces
  • Be capable of working with many types of tools and be able to wear a tool pouch for up to 10 hours per day
  • Be able to wear hard hats, safety glasses, steel-toe shoes and other safety related equipment as required by the industry
  • Be able to tolerate exposure to noxious chemical compounds, including but not limited to acids, acid-like chemicals, solvents, glues, cleaners, oils and refrigerants.
  • Be able to work with hands (mechanical coordination skills)
  • Must not have a debilitating fear of insects, spiders, snakes or lizards
  • Sufficient physical endurance to work in extreme thermal environments
  • Sufficient motor function to execute movements required to install and service HVACR systems


The AHR trade is one with many inherent risks, and safety of the employee (student) is of the utmost concern and cannot and should not be compromised just because an individual wants to go into the trade.