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    Dec 02, 2021  
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Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Servicing, (CERT)

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Program Info

Minimum credits: 42
Length: 3 semesters

Career opportunities:

Helper-Installation, Maintenance, Repair: $34,810 (median) Job growth: 11% from 2018-2028
General Maintenance & Repair: $38,300 (median) Job growth: 6% from 2018-2028
Parts Sales: $27,290 (median) Job growth: 7% from 2018-2028

*Median salaries & job growth nationwide as of 2018. BLS.gov

Division: Workforce Services
Contact: 434.797.6437
Award: Certificate
Plan Code: 903 CIP Code: 47.0201


Program Description:

The Certificate in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Servicing provides the practical experience and technical knowledge required as a service technician in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Topics include basic electricity, circuits, and controls (electric and electronic), combustion devices (oil burners and gas burners), and refrigeration and air conditioning (residential and commercial).

Career Requirements: Upon completion, the graduate will need to work 4 years in the field before they can get their HVAC Journeyman licensure through the state of Virginia. Once the journeyman license is obtained, the individual must hold this license for one year and then take the Master licensure through the state of Virginia. To own your own business, a Master license must be obtained or held by someone within the company.

Program Coordination: 41 of the 42 credits in the certificate (except for MKT 170) count towards the AC& Refrigeration Diploma.

Industry Certifications: Students will have the opportunity to sit for the OSHA 10 and EPA certifications.

Program Outcomes: Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mathematical skills to solve problems in electrical, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, gas heating systems, and oil heating systems.
  • Apply troubleshooting skills to diagnose and repair refrigeration, heating, & electrical systems.
  • Apply knowledge to install heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.
  • Sit for the EPA Certification.

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