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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CT_HVAC
Control Number: 19545

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVACR) option prepares students for employment as heating, ventilating and air conditioning technicians. Students will be trained to install, service and maintain air conditioning/refrigeration equipment in buildings. The program provides a background for more advanced studies in the design and installation of computerized building automation systems.

Refrigeration relates to the cooling of air or liquids, thus providing lower temperatures to preserve food, cool beverages, make ice, and for many other applications. Air conditioning includes space cooling, heating, humidification, dehumidification, air filtration, and ventilation to condition the air and improve air quality. The field of HVACR Technology is vital to our health and security, from the cryogenic (ultra-low temperatures) scientific field to the preservation of our food products to the air conditioning of hospitals and institutions.

A math competency level equivalent to Tech A040 is strongly recommended or satisfactory score on math competency examination.

Program Outcome

  1. Prepare students for entry-level employment as an HVACR Technician and for industry certifications.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
Select one of the following:3
Computer Use in Technology
Introduction to Computer Applications
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
HVAC A100Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Principles3
HVAC A101Basic Electrical for HVAC-R3
HVAC A102Refrigeration Service3
HVAC A103Air Conditioning Service3
HVAC A105Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Controls3
HVAC A110Pneumatic Controls3
HVAC A140Building Automation3
Select six units of the following:6
Air Balance
Non-Residential Applications for HVAC
Ice Machine Service & Repair
Total Units30