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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

  • Associate degree in as few as 15 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

According to the BLS1, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 13% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,610 in May 2018.  For detailed regional information please visit

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. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

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), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 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

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  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at (visited February 7, 2020). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.