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HVAC/R Technician (Voucher Included)
Available Classes
Not currently offered.
Description Course Outline Requirements Intended Audience More Details
Intended Audience
Potential Students interested in an entry-level career in the HVAC/R Industry.
If you are interested in preparing for an entry-level career in the HVAC/R industry, this course is for you. This course provides hands-on guidance for service, repair, and solutions. You will learn from in-depth materials, including service call simulations that bring concepts to life. By course completion, you will be ready to pass all 17 HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certificates, the EPA 608, and the NATE Ready to Work Certificate. Students will also receive a voucher package for the HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Certificate exam and EPA 608 Certification exam. However, please research your state's requirements prior to enrollment to ensure this course is a right fit for you.
Course Objectives
  1. gain the knowledge to explain the concepts of heat transfer, BTU, temperature, heat content, sensible heat, latent heat, pressure, gas laws, and work, and describe how they apply to air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
  2. learn to describe the four basic components that make up the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle.
  3. identify the four major system components and explain their functions in the refrigeration system.
  4. learn how to properly install an air-conditioning system and put it into operation.
  5. learn to troubleshoot mechanical and electrical problems in an air-conditioning and heat pump systems.
Outline of Instruction
  1. Introduction
  2. Safety, Tools and Equipment, and Shop Practices
  3. Automatic Controls
  4. Electric Motors
  5. Commercial Refrigeration
  6. Air-Conditioning (Heating and Humidification)
  7. Air-Conditioning (Cooling)
  8. All-Weather Systems
  9. Domestic Appliances
  10. Commercial Air-Conditioning and Chilled-Water Systems
  11. Simulation Challenge Mode: HVAC
  12. Simulation Challenge Mode: Electricity for HVAC
Contact Hours
Industry Standard, State, or National Certification
HVAC Excellence or NATE Certification
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Certification Learning Outcomes/Requirements
CE to CU Articulation
There are no prerequisites to take this course. However, we recommend having a high school diploma or GED. If you have the required work experience to take the NATE or HVAC Excellence certification exams, or currently hold Ready to Work certificates and have 2 years of work experience, it is recommended that you take the HVAC/R Certified Technician course. Please research your state's requirements prior to enrollment to ensure this course is a right fit for you.
Text and Supplies Needed
Hardware Requirements:
This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
Webcam and microphone for testing.

Software Requirements:
PC: Windows 8 or newer
Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible. A 64-bit browser is required for the simulations.
Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following optional material will be available online:
EPA Section 608 Preparatory Manual
Clinical Site/Special Facilities
Requirements for Successful Completion of this Course
  1. Attendance 80% or above
  2. Participation
Accreditation/Special Approval Requirements
Intended Audience
Potential Students interested in an entry-level career in the HVAC/R Industry.
Specific Industry or Business Support Needs
Industry or Job Titles Related to training Outcomes for Employment
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Course Contact Information
Non-Credit Online Learning