Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

Loyalist College
Program overview
4 semesters
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

January 2024

September 2024

January 2025

About this program

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Techniques and Technician programs provide students with a balanced blend of theoretical knowledge and experiential learning to enable its graduates to install, service, maintain and update heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning systems. With multiple pathways to follow and a variety of career options to choose from, Loyalist's HRAC programs are designed to prepare its graduates to operate in an environment dominated by climate change, rising fuel costs, and sustainable choices.

Admission requirements

Required academic preparation

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) OR
  • Mature applicant

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

Is it for you?

Successful students in this program are people who:

  • Enjoys engaging with and servicing the public
  • Comfortable working with hand tools and power equipment
  • Enjoys routine problem solving
  • Familiar with and comfortable applying basic fundamentals of mathematics and physics
  • Enjoys completing hands-on tasks, assembly and performing installations
  • Adheres to workplace and public safety protocols
  • Interested in ongoing personal and professional development, that will lead to enhanced
  • work performance and career opportunities, and keep pace with industry changes.

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Program content

First Year - Semester One

  • Communications
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Gas Technician 3
  • Refrigeration 1
  • Technical Math 1-HRAC

First Year - Semester Two

  • Electrical Controls for HRAC
  • Gas Technician 2a
  • Refrigeration 2

Second Year - Semester Three

  • Air Conditioning 1
  • Building Code and Engineering Practices
  • Gas Technician 2b
  • Residential HVAC System Design

Second Year - Semester Four

  • Air Conditioning 2
  • Bldg Systems& the Environment
  • Communications for HRAC Techs
  • Gas Technician 2c
  • Hydronic Systems

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Experiential learning

In the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRAC) Techniques program students will:

  • Gain solid skills and knowledge in the design, operation and maintenance of energy-efficient, building environmental systems, in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R).
  • Learn to size, install, repair and maintain building environmental systems for the residential and light commercial sector.
  • Develop practical skills through hands-on experience in Loyalist's labs, working on a wide range of furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration equipment and other appliances, including the latest sustainable heating and cooling technology.
  • Develop cross-disciplinary, industry-ready skills in soldering, wiring and electrical control circuitry and troubleshooting for HVAC and gas installations.
  • Use computer-aided design software to assess building heating and cooling requirements, select appropriate equipment, review HVAC system drawings and specifications for the residential market and light commercial market and confirm building code requirements.


  • Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
  • Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
  • Total: $4,184.08


Credential:Two-year Ontario College Diploma (Technician)

Continuing studies

Graduates of the HRAC Techniques program may continue into the second year of the HRAC Technician Diploma program or seek employment in the heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning field by writing the Gas Technician 3 certification exam, or pursuing registration as an apprentice Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Systems Mechanic.

Career paths

Find Your Career:

Prepare for an in-demand labour market as a:

  • Gas technician
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration systems mechanic
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) mechanic
  • Hydronics technician
  • Central air conditioning installer
  • Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning systems installation, maintenance, and repair in residential and light commercial settings

Graduates may also pursue a career in parts or equipment sales with a variety of employers such as:

  • Residential and commercial heating companies
  • Air conditioning or refrigeration contractors
  • Wholesalers
  • Public utilities
  • Oil distribution companies
  • Different levels of government

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Loyalist College 

Loyalist College empowers students, faculty, staff, and partners through experiential, economic, cluster-based applied programs and research that provide career-ready graduates for, and knowledge transfer to, industry and the community....

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Why study at Loyalist College

In a world obsessed with big, we are small.

Small gives us the power to do big things. And things that make a big difference to our students, community, and partners. In an impersonal world of big lecture halls and stadium seating, we know our students by name and circumstance.

Small frees us to provide personal one-on-one attention, in small classes and learning environments. Small means our students feel like they matter. That they belong. That they are no longer invisible in a world which had passed them by. Small means that we can move mountains to help every student succeed, confident in who they are and what they are capable of becoming.

We are Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology.

We are small.

Contact info

Loyalist College

376 Wallbridge Loyalist Road, Box 4200
K8N 5B9 Belleville Ontario

Phone no: +16139691913

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