Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
St. AndrewsSeptember 2022 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

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 or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission 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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    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.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course is designed to introduce students in the construction trades to a variety of generic hand and power tools and equipment and their uses within the context of safe work practices. Students become familiar with, and safely handle construction trade tools and equipment, and become more skilled with the tools and equipment specific to their trade as they use them in an applied fashion in their trade specific courses. They are required to demonstrate the selection and safe use of common hand and power tools and receive instruction on several types of fastening systems.


    • SECU1221G

    This course introduces the trainee to the fundamental concepts of electricity including basic wire diagrams for simple electrical circuits.


    • SECU1221G

    Students will learn the elements and characteristics of electric circuits as well as the calculations of voltage, current, resistance and power as it relates to series, parallel and combination circuits as well as the concepts of magnetism and electromagnetism. They will learn how DC and AC voltage is produced, create and interpret electrical wiring diagrams and the operating principles of motors, relays, switches, solenoids, capacitors, heater elements, circuit protection, transformers and solid state devices..


    • EFAE1036E

    This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of theoretical and applied mathematics. The intent is to provide students with an understanding of mathematics principles and to permit students to perform trade related mathematical calculations. Emphasis is placed on problem solving using a number of examples related to the program’s technical courses.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course is designed to provide students with the skills to sketch and read blueprints to extract information. Students learn to interpret information from blueprints and use proper instruments and techniques to produce drawings.

    This course enables the students to recognize, understand and apply refrigeration and air conditioning theory concepts as they relate to installing, servicing and repairing refrigeration and air conditioning systems. These concepts extend to the operation of various other units found in small to large systems.


    • RMMR1013E
    • RMMR1016E

    This course focuses on the application of control systems to refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Students apply knowledge in the manipulation of control systems and take a hands-on approach to applying advanced refrigeration theory concepts in a structured learning environment. They focus on displaying quality workmanship in tasks that are typical to the industrial environment.


    • EFAE1037D
    • RMMR1015

    Students are instructed in CFC/HCFC/HFC Control in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) Industry, with the intent of recognizing, understanding, applying and handling refrigerants and oils as they apply to RAC systems.


    • RMMR1017

    This course covers theoretical and practical knowledge related to system leak testing and evacuation, refrigerant management, recovery, recycling and reclaiming, and system charging. Participants are challenged to demonstrate quality workmanship to industry standards which includes the proper management of refrigerants and due process as regards environmental protection.


    • RMMR1015
    • SECU1221G

    Students are able to recognize, understand and apply refrigeration theory concepts as they apply to installing, servicing, troubleshooting and repairing refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

    Working individually, students are challenged to demonstrate their ability to commission a refrigeration system using industry standard procedures. They select the correct pipe size; fit, support and connect pipe; check for leaks and evacuate; and charge a refrigeration system.


    • EFAE1036E
    • WDSO1038F

    This is a 1-day environmental awareness training course based on Environment Canada's "Environmental Code of Practice for the Elimination of Fluorocarbon Emissions from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems, 2014". It is suitable for residential, commercial, industrial, domestic, automotive and mobile applications. Specific topics covered are: CFCs and the ozone layer, isolation valving, recommended components, leak detection methods, system charging procedures, special maintenance provisions, and refrigerant recovery, reuse, recycle and reclamation equipment.


      The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to Refrigeration and Air Conditioning as an industry so that they may have a better appreciation for the type of work the RAC technician does. Students are attached to a work-site as approved by their instructors and work the regular weekly schedule of an RAC technician.

      The purpose of this advanced practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The practicum exposes the students to the RAC trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached. This course combines with the one (1) week introductory practicum course delivered in the fall to equal 2 full credits.

      This course introduces students to the safe use of rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment.


      • SECU1221G

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      Students apply proper techniques for soldering and brazing with air-acetylene and oxygen-acetylene equipment to complete tubing and piping tasks required in the refrigeration air conditioning industry.


      • CPTC1043F
      • SECU1221G

      NOC Codes

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

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