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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician Overview

Did you know that qualified and certified technicians in the environmental air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration industry are in high demand? Take advantage of this need by enrolling in CVTC’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician program. In one year you can earn a technical diploma and start your career.

The program will cover:

  • Gas, oil, electric, and hydronic heating systems
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • HVACR technical problem solving
  • Renewable and sustainable energy technology
  • Geothermal and solar systems applications
  • Equipment installation
  • Servicing and troubleshooting equipment
  • Renewable energies

This program will provide you with both hands-on technical and service situations under the close supervision of an experienced instructor.

This program will prepare you to take the Environmental Protection Agency Certification Exam for safe handling of refrigerants along with the Industry Competency Exam for HVACR technicians.

Part of a career pathway, the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician technical diploma credits apply toward the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology associate degree if you choose to continue your education. Call us at 715-833-6300 to learn more.

Career Opportunities

Facility Director of Maintenance

HVAC Mechanical Serviceman

HVAC Technician

Service/Install Technician

Maintenance Technician

Refrigeration Technician

Graduate Employers

Complete Heating & Cooling

DB Enterprises

Gene's Heating & Cooling

Kurth Sheet Metal

Northern Lakes Cooperative

Just the Facts

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Year

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
August and January

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Start Dates //
August and January


Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 Estimated Total: $7,629

  Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning. Explore your options today!

Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician program.

HVACR Service & Applications
Students learn the techniques to install, test, maintain, and troubleshoot residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems, in a well-equipped lab that provides the optimal training experience.

Schematic Wiring–HVAC
Students will learn to read and interpret electrical schematics found on a variety of HVACR equipment.

Technical Problems–HVAC
Students will be asked to diagnose and solve a variety of electrical and mechanical problems found on actual HVACR equipment.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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100% of our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $45,351.


Regional Jobs

There are 44 job openings in the CVTC district for the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.


Focus On Student Success

The instructors are people you can relate to 100 percent. They’ll work with you until you understand what you need to do, even in after-class hours.

Spencer, HVACR Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR), Associate Degree

Renewable Energy, Technical Diploma



Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

HVAC Excellence

The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician program is accredited by HVAC Excellence. HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation identifies educational programs that possess, the resources and administrative support, to prepare students for entry level positions in the HVACR industry. Visit accreditation website.