HVAC/Refrigeration Technician, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
HVAC/Refrigeration Technicians install and/or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil and gas furnaces and boilers. Only certified technicians are permitted to perform refrigerant recovery in order to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and requirements.
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:
1. prepare to pass the EPA 608 (refrigerant) Universal Certification exam;
2. perform basic installation and repair tasks associated with heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems; and
3. demonstrate effective skills to work as an entry level HVACR technician.
Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs. Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study. You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.
Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).
Students who pass the EPA test will receive EPA 608 Universal certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA class only).
Financial Aid and Payment Options
We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition, the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.
Approximately 9 months
Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville and Dundalk.
High School Diploma or GED. Minimum age of 18.
To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.
Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has potential options for waving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum or demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. A maximum of 175.5 program hours may be earned from prior learning.
Program Course Sequence
In addition to the Basic HVAC Certificate, students can pursue an Advanced Certificate and/or Alternative Energy Certificate. These certificates are offered as non-credit or credit courses.
Entry Level HVAC Helper/Apprentice. Students can continue their education and obtain additional certificates and/or pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Energy Technology. Some companies prefer or require a degree for more senior positions. Criminal background checks and random drug testing are required for employment.
Skills for Success:
Detail-oriented, dependability, self-control, ability to follow safety rules, ability to follow directions, cooperation, integrity, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude, ability to stand or crouch for long periods of time, and ability to lift 35 pounds.
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