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Program Overview

The HVAC Technical Assistant Certificate is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with HVAC systems while learning the skills necessary to become employed in the heating and air conditioning repair field. Training topics focus on operating principles of heating and cooling systems with emphasis on safety, theory, and principles of refrigeration, types of heating/cooling systems, Ohm’s law, load calculations, troubleshooting using the various types of test equipment, servicing, repairing and installing components.

After employers need assessments with our local business and industry, certain skills were deemed essential for all applicants entering the local workforce. Core skills include Health and Safety (OSHA 10), Continuous Improvement (Lean Six Sigma), Human Resources Development (HRD), and Basic Computer Skills. Completion of these skills provides potential employee candidates a strong background in workplace culture that consists of a safe working environment, an understanding of efficient processes and practices, recognizing how to become a better team player, and understanding different leadership styles within an organization.

Students will earn the following industry-recognized credentials: OSHA 10, DiSC, Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt), Employability Skills and Career Readiness.

Employment Opportunities:

Upon completion of this course, individuals should be able to apply for positions with entry-level HVAC field.

Internship and Employment Information:

The program includes 20+ hours of on-the-job training. Upon successfully completing the workforce certificate and employer entry requirements, students will be placed with employers for immediate employment.

Program Contacts:

Susan Ratcliff

Director - Occupational Programs

Fast Track Workforce Certificate Courses

HVAC Technician Assistant

AHR-3131H HVAC Technician Assistant

Program Costs

Grant and Scholarship Opportunities Available

  • Tuition and related supply costs are grant-funded and provided to the student at no cost.
  • Funding for transportation, childcare, and other costs to attend training may be available.
  • Virginia residents pay the same tuition rate as in-state students.
Workforce Grants Scholarships

To qualify for tuition and supply funding, complete the form at and a counselor will review your information and contact you concerning eligibility for funding assistance.

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