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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Certificate of Competency (HVA)

Effective: Fall 2023

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) occupations program prepares graduates for employment with HVAC&R installation and service contractors and/or facilities maintenance positions. Students completing the program also receive EPA Refrigerant Certification. Having achieved the competencies of this program, students are prepared for full-time employment at an entry-level position or, if already in the fields, to advance in their organization.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles, properties and functions of residential and light commercial HVAC&R components and systems.
  • Use appropriate tools and materials to size, install, service and/or repair HVAC&R equipment and systems.
  • Interpret and use pressure and vacuum charts, blueprints and wiring diagrams for HVAC&R systems.
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose malfunctions in HVAC&R systems.
  • Use computational skills to solve problems in electrical, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
  • Employ occupational health and safety principles and practices.

The College will award a certificate of competency to students who complete an approved credit-bearing career program that requires less than 30 credits. General education courses may not be required for programs that have less than 30 credits. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least six credit hours must be in courses that are awarded grade points.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
HVA 100 Introduction to Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electrical Fabrication 2
HVA 101 Introduction to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2
HVA 103 Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 2
HVA 104 Practical Problems in Mathematics for HVAC&R Technicians 3
HVA 200 Advanced HVAC&R Electrical Fabrication 2
HVA 201 Refrigerant Certification 3
Second Semester
HVA 106 Basic Piping for Contractors 2
HVA 202 Oil and Gas Burner Service 2
HVA 203 Heat Pumps 3
TCS 100 Construction Blueprint Reading 3
 Total Hours24

Part-Time Evening Schedule

Certain HVA specific courses in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, Certificate program rotate depending on the semester a student begins. Students who do not begin in a Fall semester when HVA 100 and HVA 200 are being offered should start with one or two classes from the list of “any semester” courses. Students with some HVA experience may also seek approval to begin with HVA 101 and HVA 103 by permission of the program director.

Students with advising questions should speak to the Director of Technical Education @ 610-325-2819.

First Semester
Offered Fall Only
HVA 100Introduction to Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electrical Fabrication2
HVA 200Advanced HVAC&R Electrical Fabrication2
Second Semester
Offered Spring Only
HVA 101Introduction to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning2
HVA 103Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning2
Third Semester
HVA 201Refrigerant Certification3
Any Semester Course *
Fourth Semester
HVA 202Oil and Gas Burner Service2
Any Semester Course *
Fifth Semester
HVA 203Heat Pumps3
Any Semester Course *
Any Semester *
HVA 104Practical Problems in Mathematics for HVAC&R Technicians3
HVA 106Basic Piping for Contractors2
TCS 100Construction Blueprint Reading3
Total Hours24

Any Semester Course may be taken in any order. 

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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (Certificate)

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