Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Technician

Algonquin College
42 weeks
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

About this program

Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Technician

Make yourself more employable - In addition to the diploma, this program prepares you to write TSSA exams.

The two-year Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in a compressed format over 42 weeks, is approved by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and is taught in Algonquin`s state-of-the-art Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) building. By studying in the ACCE building, you have the opportunity to work in a fully-outfitted facility where you learn both traditional and advanced technologies used in the industry.

Start the program by learning electrical and heating essentials – all courses have a strong hands-on component.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning industry.
  • Are team-oriented and enjoy working with others.
  • Are self-reliant and enjoy challenges.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 12 (MCT4C is recommended).
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Computer Applications
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Communications I
  • Achieving Success in the 21st Century
  • Heating System Fundamentals
  • Math and HRAC Science

Level: 02

  • Control Fundamentals
  • Climate Control and the Environment
  • Gas Heating Systems
  • Oil Heating Systems
  • Advanced HRAC Science

Level: 03

  • Advanced Controls
  • Communications II for Technicians
  • Refrigeration Concepts
  • Forced Air Systems
  • Hydronics and Space Heating

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Relate effectively to heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning supervisors, coworkers, and customers.
  • Work safely and in accordance with all applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  • Select and use a variety of heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning tools and equipment safely and properly.
  • Solve math and applied science problems required to effectively install and maintain heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems, and associated components.
  • Prepare and interpret electrical, mechanical, and piping drawings.
  • Install, service, and troubleshoot heating, refrigeration, air conditioning systems, and associated components.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities, and keep pace with industry changes.
  • Identify and apply discipline specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career paths

Graduates may find employment as service technicians, installers, or in parts or equipment sales with a variety of employers, such as residential and commercial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors, wholesalers, public utilities, oil distribution companies and different levels of government.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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