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HVAC/Refrigeration Technician

Program Description

HVAC/Refrigeration Technicians install and/or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil and gas furnaces and boilers. Only certified technicians are permitted to perform refrigerant recovery in order to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and requirements.​

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1.  prepare to pass the EPA 608 (refrigerant) Universal Certification exam;

2.  perform basic installation and repair tasks associated with heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems; and

3.  demonstrate effective skills to work as an entry level HVACR technician. 

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). 

External Credential:

Students who pass the EPA test will receive EPA 608 Universal certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Certifying Organization:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA class only).



Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

Approximately 9 months

Courses are offered at CCBC Catonsville and Dundalk.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Minimum age of 18.

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum or demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. A maximum of 175.5 program hours may be earned from prior learning. 

Program Course Sequence




Course Title



Textbook Information

(approximate cost, subject to change)




Shared with

credit class

AIRC 110

HVAC Safety, Tools & Methods


Modern Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 21st Ed. ISBN: 9781635638776 $84-$170 at CCBC bookstores



VOA 975

Shared with

credit class

AIRC 115

Fundamentals of Refrigeration


Same as VOA 969



VOA 985

Shared with

credit class

AIRC 205

Heating Systems


Same as VOA 969



VOA 970

Shared with

credit class

ELEI 101

Basic HVAC Electricity





VOC 953

Shared with

credit class

AIRC 210

Comfort Cooling Systems


Same as VOA 969



VOC 044


VOC 991 (Test)

Refrigerant Recovery Certification & Test







Course Series Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
In addition to the Basic HVAC Certificate, students can pursue an Advanced Certificate and/or Alternative Energy Certificate. These certificates are offered as non-credit or credit courses.

Career Opportunities:​
Entry Level HVAC Helper/Apprentice. Students can continue their education and obtain additional certificates and/or pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Energy Technology.  Some companies prefer or require a degree for more senior positions.  Criminal background checks and random drug testing are required for employment.

Skills for Success:​
Detail-oriented, dependability, self-control, ability to follow safety rules, ability to follow directions, cooperation, integrity, persistence, manual dexterity, mechanical aptitude, mathematical aptitude, ability to stand or crouch for long periods of time, and ability to lift 35 pounds.​

Career Coach

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Dave Frey | dfrey@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-2793 | Dundalk| STAT 110

Administrative Assistant: Ollie Wright | owright@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4476 | Catonsville | BESS 100