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Technical Diploma

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician

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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.

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.

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Just the Facts

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

Program Length
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $8,208

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Career Opportunities

HVAC Installer

HVAC Technician

Maintenance Technician

Refrigeration Technician

Service Technician

Sheet Metal/Installer HVAC

Graduate Employers

Benedict Sales & Service

Erv Smith Services

Gene's Heating & Cooling

Hurlburt Heating & Plumbing

Hutchinson Technology, Inc.

Kurth Heating and Cooling

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $43,181.



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


Regional Jobs

There are 54 job openings in the CVTC district for the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

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

Sample Courses

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.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a career pathway?

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.

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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.


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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  Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.

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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.

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Admission Requirements

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