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Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-601-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Estimator
    Field Service and Installation Technician
  • HVAC Designer
  • Research and Development Technician 

This is a program and career area that draws on your mechanical ability and analytical skills and offers excellent employment opportunities - including career advancements in many HVAC/R- and energy-related occupations. The Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology (ACHR) Program prepares you for careers designing, installing, and maintaining air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment. You'll also learn how to work with geothermal, solar, and other renewable energy equipment.

The first semester of instruction serves as an introduction to the industry:

  • Gas, oil, and electric furnaces
  • Basic refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Principles of ACHR electricity

The rest of your program will focus on specific applications:

  • Geothermal systems
  • Solar heating
  • Print reading
  • Load calculations
  • Solving technical problems
  • CAD
  • Air handling system design and installation
  • Advanced temperature controls
  • Hydronics
  • HVAC systems design and drafting

After you graduate, you will be prepared to take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification Exam for safe handling of refrigerants. The Industry Competency Exam (ICE) sponsored by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute for HVAC/R technicians is a requirement for all students.

Nationally there is a shortage of design, installation, and maintenance technicians, and an increasing need for technicians trained to work with alternative energy systems. This could be the program you need to launch your career!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 69
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 80 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Algebra: 30 (only used for course placement)
ACT Composite Score: 18 or higher

Admission Process Complete

Once the above items have been completed, you will be considered for enrollment based on current openings in the program.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.


Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.