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Trades and Technology
Trades and Technology

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) - Certificate (4280)

Are you a problem-solver and able to manage challenging situations? Do you want to help to ensure that people live and work in comfortable temperatures?  
Our program introduces you to the theory and hands-on skill sets to identify, design and install heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems


You will be prepared for entry-level jobs related to installing or repairing HVAC systems in residential or commercial buildings. Such positions include:

  • Equipment installer
  • HVAC service technician
  • HVAC maintenance technician

Individuals with an interest in equipment maintenance, building and construction, troubleshooting and hands-on work enjoy the HVAC program.



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Our professors teach theoretical principles and hands-on skills for identifying, designing and installing HVAC systems.  

  • Develop and apply basic skills of electricity, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technology
  • Install, repair and maintain heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Cite federal laws relevant to refrigerant recovery and recycling
  • Read HVAC blueprints
  • Design HVAC systems to meet prescribed specifications
  • Address customer-service issues

You also will receive the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the R410A (type of equipment) certifications, which allow you to handle Freon.



  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.

Our certificate program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to explore our full list of programs, including the associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.

You can complete the HVAC certificate at the Harrisburg and York campuses You have the flexibility to complete your certificate full time during the day or part time at night. Full-time and part-time options depend on your chosen campus.  

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.



Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.



You can apply for the HVAC Program anytime on our website. We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. When you apply, please include program code 4280 to ensure you enroll in this program. 



Please contact an admissions counselor or the engineering, trades & computer technologies department chair, Dr. Kelley Engle, to ask any questions about enrolling into this program. You also can request more information online. Locally YOURS, we’ll help you learn your trade and prepare you for the Central Pennsylvania workforce.  

“Providing qualified technicians for companies permits them to improve the community. As technicians repair, install and maintain units, they assist the community and help all to be successful in turn creating a healthier community.” – Ed Burns, HVAC faculty member