Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Servicing

This program prepares graduates for employment as a service technician in air conditioning and refrigeration. Topics include basic electricity, circuits and controls (electric and electronic), combustion devices (oil burners and gas burners), refrigeration and air conditioning (residential and commercial).

Career Requirements: Upon completion, the graduate will need to work 4 years in the field and have the ability to take 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 has the ability to 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: 40 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.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 42

Length: 3 semesters

Career Opportunities:

  • Helper-Installation, Maintenance, Repair: $18,325-$25,650
    Job growth: 14% from 2014-2024
  • General Maintenance & Repair: $36,630
    Job growth: 6%
  • Parts Sales: $22,040
    Job growth: 7%
  • *Median salaries nationwide as of 2015. Source: BLS.gov

Division: Workforce Services

Contact: 434.797.8440

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester        
AIR134 AC& Refrigeration Controls 3 2 5 3
AIR121 Refrigeration I 2 2 4 3
AIR161 Heating, AC& Refrigeration Calculations I (or approved sub) 3 0 3 3
AIR154 Heating Systems I 2 2 4 3
SAF 130 Industrial Safety: OSHA 10 1 0 1 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
Total 12 6 18 14
Second semester        
AIR135 Circuits II 2 3 5 3
AIR122 Refrigeration II 2 2 4 3
AIR155 Heating Systems II 2 2 4 3
AIR276 EPA Certification 1 0 1 1
ENG 131 Teechnical Report (or approved substitute) 3 0 3 3
HUM 165 Controversial Issues 3 0 3 3
Total 12 10 22 16
Third Semester        
AIR273 Refrigeration III 2 3 5 3
AIR156 Heating Systems III 2 2 4 3
AIR136 Circuits III 2 3 5 3
MKT 170 Customer Relations 1 0 1 1
ITE116 Survey of Computer Software Applications 2 0 2 2
Total 9 7 16 12