Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

CampusStart Date
St. AndrewsSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians are experts in creating a comfortable atmosphere. They install and repair residential, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Through classroom lectures, labs, and Computer-Based Training (CBT), you’ll learn about refrigeration system operations and safety practices related to the trade. As residential and business developments continue nationwide, trained Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians are wanted by construction and manufacturing teams.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates of this program may work for a variety of employers involved in the manufacturing, installation, service, repair and maintenance or sale of refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation equipment. You may also find employment in industries, which require temperature controlled environments, such as dairies, meat packing plants, food processing plants, breweries, canneries and cold storage companies. The nature of this occupation often results in irregular working hours and on-the-job travel.

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    NOC Codes

    7253 - Gas fitters
    7313 - Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
    7331 - Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics

    What you will learn

    • refrigeration, air conditioning and heating mechanics
    • workplace safety
    • soldering, tubing and pipework
    • refrigerants and oils
    • RAC tools and equipment
    • electrical and motor fundamentals
    • heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) controls
    • CFC/HCFC/HFC controls in RAC
    • workplace experience (practicum)

    Specific Considerations

    Applicants should have a good command of oral and written English, and theoretical and practical mathematical skills. They should be self motivated and have sufficient physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of the industry. Mechanical/electrical aptitude, good hearing, good eyesight, manual dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and the ability to work with minimum supervision are all qualities appropriate to the trade. Students are exposed to certain hazards that require the use of safety equipment and learn to comply with New Brunswick Department of Environment Regulations. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to challenge the Refrigeration Air Conditioning Mechanic Block 1 exam.

    This program is a "Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere" (L.I.V.E) program that requires the use of a notebook computer as part of the learning experience. Your notebook computer should meet minimum technical specifications to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. See here for more information: L.I.V.E. (Learning Integrated Virtually Everywhere).

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