Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Diploma Program

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma Program

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100% of the program is on-campus

What Is Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration?

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, often abbreviated as HVAC/R, is a skilled trade, in high demand and a wonderful career choice for those who enjoy working with their hands. A qualified HVAC/R technician or HVAC/R mechanic has duties which include:
  • Installing heating and cooling systems.
  • Maintaining and repairing heating and cooling systems.
  • Providing excellent customer service for commercial and residential clientele.
  • Studying blueprints and assembling HVAC/R equipment.
  • Measuring and reporting on HVAC/R performance.
  • Evolving skill sets to the latest technology and understanding water-based heating systems, solar technology or other sub-domains of HVAC/R systems.

Some HVAC/R technicians go on to start their own businesses!

What Career Options Are Available in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration?

Almost every building you see has a heating or cooling system and from time to time will need servicing from an HVAC/R technician. Careers as an HVAC/R technician may 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). With this broad scope of need, HVAC/R technicians can be found servicing places such as:
  • Corporate Buildings
  • Residential Apartments and Single-Family Homes
  • Government and Utility Properties
  • Hospitals
  • Retail and Commercial Sites
  • And many more!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in the US for HVAC Mechanics and Installers is expected to increase by 5% between 2020 and 2030.1

What You Will Learn in a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 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 an HVAC/R dedicated diploma program. Our program can be completed in just 10 months and will prepare you to:
  • Problem-solve and troubleshoot HVAC/R equipment and systems.
  • Complete required safety courses, necessary within the skilled trade for employment.
  • Be introduced to various systems and brands common to the industry.
  • Learn common terminology and procedures related to the HVAC/R field.

We prepare you for the EPA certification exam so you can be ready to work immediately.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

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 may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 10 months

100% of the program is on campus.


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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.

1 https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/49-9021.00?st=IL&g=Go, retrieved 1/11/2022.