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Prepare for a job in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R). Carrington College’s HVAC-R program is designed to provide fundamental, hands-on training for a career in the heating and cooling industry.

At a Glance

  • Certificate of achievement in as few as 10 months

  • Certificate graduates can earn an Associate in Trade Studies in as few as 7 additional months

  • Conveniently available at the Trades Education Center in Phoenix

  • Affordable tuition varies, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Students study the operation, maintenance, and repair of residential and commercial equipment.

Upon completion of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration program, graduates will be able to:

  • Discuss theories of heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning and relate these concepts to practical applications.
  • Apply proper procedures for the installation, operation, maintenance and repair of both residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment and systems.
  • Demonstrate proper usage of the basic tools of the trade.
  • Demonstrate requisite mastery to apply for and obtain the EPA 608 certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Create effective reports and documents, electronically and in writing.
  • Apply advanced electrical concepts and critical thinking skills to interpret and draft schematic wiring diagrams, and perform system diagnostics and interpret results.
  • Relate and apply concepts of communication, reasoning, critical analysis, ethical behavior and appropriate interpersonal interaction to situations in his or her career and personal life.
  • Demonstrate the social skills, professional appearance, attitudes, and behavior that employers expect of all Carrington College graduates.
  • Adhere to national, state, and local safety practices used by service technicians working on HVAC-R systems.

Career Opportunities

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often called HVACR technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

The following are examples of what HVACR technicians do, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Install, clean, and maintain HVACR systems
  • Install electrical components and wiring
  • Inspect and test HVACR systems and components
  • Discuss system malfunctions with customers
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Recommend maintenance to improve system performance
  • Keep records of work performed

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation & Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 331 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95814; 415- 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit

Read Our Career Guide On HVAC-R

An HVAC-R technician ensures heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems function properly. They work in homes, schools, offices, factories, hospitals, and other buildings.


What does an HVAC technician do?

HVAC-R technicians work on each part of the acronym: heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. This can include installing and maintaining these systems, as well as dealing with electrical components and wiring.1

How long does it take to become an HVAC technician?

While how long it takes to complete training is often dependent on the student, Carrington College’s HVAC-R program can be completed with a certificate of achievement in as few as 10 months. Certificate graduates can earn an Associate in Trade Studies in as few as 7 additional months. 

How do I become a HVAC-R technician?

The first step to becoming an HVAC technician is education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many HVAC-R technicians receive postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Some states require HVAC-R technicians to be licensed. Check your state and local area’s requirements to see if you need to become licensed. According to the BLS, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires technicians who work with refrigerant-cooling systems to be certified in appropriate refrigerant handling.2

What type of degree does an HVAC tech need?

While not all states require HVAC technicians to have degrees, according to the BLS, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship.3

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