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HVAC/Refrigeration Technician (Advanced Certificate)

Location(s): Catonsville


Program Description


HVAC/Refrigeration Technicians install and/or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil and gas furnaces and boilers.  Students typically begin a career as an entry-level HVAC Helper/Apprentice.   Only certified technicians are permitted to perform refrigerant recovery in order to comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and requirements. 

Like the basic program, this advanced program features both HVAC theory and practice. Students will perform hands-on training throughout the program and work with various types of HVAC equipment in a laboratory setting.  Criminal background checks and random drug testing are required for employment.

Students in this program should be detail-oriented and have the ability to follow safe work practices. In addition to dependability and integrity, mathematical and mechanical aptitudes are desirable for this field. HVAC technicians should have the ability to stand or crouch for long periods of time and have the capacity to lift 35 pounds regularly.

HVAC/Refrigeration Technicians can find employment opportunities in both commercial and residential settings. Property maintenance companies, HVAC repair contractors, utility providers, and industries that use refrigeration or climate control are all potential employers. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, overall employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030 in Maryland. Projected annual job openings in Maryland are 970.  Additional career information may be found in Career Coach:   https://ccbcmd.lightcastcc.com/.

Program Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  1. Prepare to pass the EPA 608 (refrigerant) Universal Certification exam;
  2. Perform installation and repair tasks associated with more advanced HVAC systems;
  3. Calculate and design heating and cooling internal loads for commercial and residential installations; and
  4. Demonstrate more advanced skills for work as a beginning 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 earn a CCBC 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)​

www.epa.gov

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

Program Requirements


Students must have completed the HVAC/Refrigeration Technician (Basic Certificate) prior to starting this program.

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public School Blueprint funding.

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 waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum, and/or demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning.  A maximum of 110.5 hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence


Course

Number

Course Title

Course

Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost, subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOC044

Shared with

credit class

AIRC121

EPA Refrigeration Certification

10

 

$185

T-$56/F-$129

VOA991

EPA Refrigerant Recovery Exam

2.5

 

$50

T-$0/F-$50

VOA656

Shared with

credit class

AIRC204

Advanced HVAC Electricity 58  

$569

T-$171/F-$398

VOA653

Shared with

credit class

AIRC215

Residential Load Calculations & Air Distribution 40  

$569

T-$171/F-$398

Program Sequence Electives (Student chooses any two courses from list below):

 

Course

Number

Course Title

Course

Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost, subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

VOA692

Shared with

credit class

AIRC121

Residential Estimates & Sales

39

 

$569

T-$171/F-$398

VOA859

Shared with

credit class

AIRC222

Commercial Refrigeration Systems

50

 

$569

T-$171/F-$398

VOA801

Shared with

credit class

AIRC223

Commercial HVAC Systems 47  

$569

T-$171/F-$398

VOA802

Shared with

credit class

AIRC224

Commercial Control Systems 45  

$569

T-$171/F-$398

VOA631

Shared with

credit class

AIRC230

Alternative & Renewable Energy Resources 50  

$569

T-$171/F-$398

VOA953

Shared with

credit class

AIRC232

Advanced Residential Systems 50  

$569

T-$171/F-$398

Course Series Totals:

(Core Program Sequence with two electives)

  varies  

$2,511

T-$740/F-$1,771

Career Coach


Research your career interests, explore live job postings, take a career assessment, discover which companies in the Baltimore region are hiring, and more.  View a brief tutorial video on how to use Career Coach at https://youtu.be/C7KpznbPYfA.  Explore career and training opportunities at https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

Program Contract Information


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

Administrative Assistant: TBA​