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Environmental Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician

  • Technical Diploma - One Year
  • Program Code: 31-401-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Solar Energy Installation Managers
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers
  • Solar Thermal Installers and Technicians
  • Weatherization Installers and Technicians
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
  • Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

If this is how you would describe yourself, you could be a good candidate for the Environmental Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heating Service Technician Program:

  • Enjoy solving problems
  • Good mechanical aptitude
  • Can work independently and as a member of a team
  • Like working with tools
  • Interested in latest energy-saving technologies
  • Detail-oriented
  • Physically fit

As a graduate of this program, you will be responsible for installation, service and maintenance of refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating equipment as well as geothermal, solar, and other renewable energy equipment.

The program prepares you 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.

Your coursework the first semester covers the fundamentals:

  • Gas, oil, and electric furnaces
  • Basic refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • HVACR technical problem solving
  • Related electricity

Your second semester coursework will build on what you've learned, with emphasis on geothermal and solar systems, and HVAC/R maintenance, service, and installation. As part of your program, you'll be provided with hands-on technical installation and service situations to complete.

Nationally there is a shortage of HVAC/R installation, service, and maintenance technicians. This is a career area full of opportunity!

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 33
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: 62 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (only used for course placement)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 25 (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.