Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Diploma Program

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma Program

100% of the program is on-campus

What is HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration)?

HVAC/R is an abbreviation of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. These areas are commonly grouped together as a skilled trade and work in HVAC/R may offer a great career. A qualified HVAC/R Technician is someone who installs, maintains and repairs HVAC/R systems such as heating and cooling systems in residential homes and commercial buildings. While HVAC/R Technicians are typically trained in all areas, they may choose to focus strictly one just one of heating, air conditioning, ventilation or refrigeration systems. Additionally, HVAC/R Technicians may specialize further in the installation, maintenance or repair of these systems depending on personal preferences. Further specialization may be found with water-based heating systems, solar technology or other sub-domains of the overall HVAC/R world.

What Career Options are Available in HVAC/R?

HVAC/R Technician, Mechanic or Installer primarily performs HVAC/R work. Careers as an HVAC/R Technician vary greatly depending on the nature of their assignment (repair, installation, maintenance) and whether they specialize in any area (heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration). HVAC/R Technicians are employed by both corporate entities as well as companies dedicated to specific types of HVAC/R maintenance and repair. Sometimes HVAC/R Technicians are self-employed and establish their own clients and careers. Some examples of the types of activities HVAC/R Technician will handle include:

  • Studying blueprints
  • Testing pipe and connections for leaks
  • Repairing or replacing defective equipment
  • Improving HVAC/R system performance through new technology
  • Assembling and installing HVAC/R equipment
  • Measuring and reporting on HVAC/R performance

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers in Illinois are expected to increase 13% between 2016 and 2026.1

How do I Start a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma Program?

To enter the HVAC/R field, it is important to have the proper training and understand safety protocols. One of the best ways to gain this knowledge is through HVAC/R dedicated diploma program. At Rockford Career College, our program covers the design and troubleshooting of HVAC/R systems. Plus, as soon as you complete the required safety courses, your hands-on learning begins.

Led by instructors who have worked or are still working in the industry, our program incorporates real-world problem-solving, so you could be job-ready upon graduation.

After meeting with area employers, we added the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program to our area of study to fulfill their job requests. We prepare you for the EPA certification exam so you can be ready to work.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.

We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have highly hands-on classes so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.

We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.

We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We are here to prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 10 months


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100% of the program is on campus.
After you complete the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma Program, you could continue with our online, 7-month Construction Management Associate Degree completion program.  That's only 17 months total to get an associate degree.

1onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.00, retrieved 5/5/2020

Program length – 10 months


The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program prepares students to seek entry-level employment in the industry. HVACR courses include installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC systems with a strong focus on industry safety practices. Upon completion, you could be prepared for the EPA certification exam and for entry-level work as an HVAC installer or mechanic.

For several reasons, the career outlook for the HVAC industry is very bright. New construction, new technology and a focus on environmental issues are contributing to demand for qualified technicians.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers in Illinois are expected to increase 13% between 2016 and 2026.1
1onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.00, retrieved 5/5/2020

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