Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R-1)

Program Objective

This program is designed to prepare students for training and employment in the heating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and ventilation industry.

Program Content

The content of this program includes, but is not limited to the

  • Practical knowledge of basic electricity and electrical components of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment.
  • Evaluate, troubleshoot, and wire electrical motors, and their components.
  • Use and care of hand tools, power tools, specialized tools, and equipment
  • Use of current industry standards, practices, and techniques.
  • Maintenance, testing, and adjustments of various residential heating and air-conditioning accessories.

The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)1 program provides classroom and laboratory (hands-on) experiences which enable students to become proficient in the installation, repair and maintenance of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. The laboratory contains a variety of residential central air conditioning units and industry simulators.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest
  • No specific requirement for Information Technology 

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1350 hours, but students can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCPs:

OCP A – A/C, Introduction to HVAC/R:                                      250 hours

OCP B – A/C, HVAC/R Fundamentals:                                      250 hours

OCP C – A/C, HVAC/R Service Practice:                                   250 hours

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Reading, 10th grade in Math and 9th grade in Language on the Test of Adult Basic Education Test (TABE®) or passing the HVAC Excellence Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services.

Employment opportunities

  • Air-conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanics
  • Mechanic Helpers
  • Air-Conditioning and Heating Installer
  • Marine Air Conditioning Technician
  • Building Maintenance Engineers
  • Refrigeration Sales and Service
  • Warehouse & Parts Supplier


The average wage for this career in Florida is $21.85 hourly or $45,450 annually.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited High School, or its equivalent. To apply, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, at www.fafsa.gov. Questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.