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Full-time Certificate 2955ttcert

Fast Track Your Career as an HVAC & R Technician!

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC and R) industry designs, builds, maintains and repairs essential indoor comfort and cooling systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Refrigeration equipment is used in supermarkets, and food processing and cold storage facilities, and sports facilities such as hockey and curling rinks which are also a vital part of the industry. As a result of the expanding markets for refrigeration and air conditioning and changing technology, a dramatic need exists for qualified personnel both at home and abroad. A Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic journeyperson fabricates, installs, alters, repairs/services any system used for cooling and/or heating (eg heat pumps) in closed systems that contain a refrigerant or a brine and thermoelectric cooling. This includes piping, controls and electrical work. These workers also connect rooftop units to gas and test and balance systems.

The program

The HVAC and R Technician certificate is a non co-op program which provides a foundation in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system design, installation and service. The program is 40 weeks in duration combining classroom and shop instruction. After learning direct refrigeration systems, a broad range of topics focused on HVAC systems design, operation and controls are learned. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis, service requirements and procedures. Graduates of this program who enter the trade within one year of graduation can expect to receive credit for three levels of technical training for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship.

Students are encouraged to return to Level 4 apprentice training (8 weeks) when appropriate to receive the Class B Gas training and prepare for the Interprovincial Red Seal certification exam.

Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Entry Assessments before applying.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Read more about how to meet Roommeme’s entrance requirements

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

Apply to program

Roommeme accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the .

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, Roommeme will send a message to your personal and myRoommeme e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at . We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Approximately $1118 for all books and supplies including calculator, safety boots and glasses, respirator, drafting supplies, etc.

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the Roommeme Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0700–1400, Monday through Friday

Program delivery

Combination of classroom and hands-on shop experience.

Program matrix

Required Courses: Credits
  HVAC 1095 Apply Effective Gravitying Techniques 0.5
  HVAC 1100 Apply Trade Safety Practices 2.0
  HVAC 1102 Process Technical Information 3.0
  HVAC 1103 Apply Trade Tools and Fasteners 4.0
  HVAC 1111 Install Refrigeration Project 2.0
  HVAC 1114 Apply Fundamentals of Refrigeration 11.0
  HVAC 1115 Proper Service Procedures 8.0
  HVAC 1116 Apply Electrical Fundamentals 6.0
  HVAC 1117 Interpret Electrical Diagrams 4.0
  HVAC 1118 Apply Electrical Test Equipment 2.0
  HVAC 1119 Install Electrical/Mechanical Devices 4.0
  HVAC 2110 Design Refrigeration Systems 4.0
  HVAC 2111 Ammonia Systems/Water Treatment 3.0
  HVAC 2112 Describe Basic HVAC Systems 2.0
  HVAC 2113 Air Distribution Arrangement for HVAC 2.0
  HVAC 2114 Air Properties and Measurements 2.0
  HVAC 2115 Explain HVAC Control Loops 4.0
  HVAC 2116 Maintain Heat Pump Systems 4.0
  HVAC 3100 Communicate HVAC Heat/Cool Load Calculations 3.0
  HVAC 3102 Design HVAC Distribution Systems 3.0
  HVAC 3103 Maintain Computer Environmental Systems 4.0
  HVAC 3104 Explain Heat Recovery/Energy Management 2.0
  HVAC 3112 Prepare for Employment 0.5
Total Credits: 80.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at Roommeme? Check out Roommeme's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

40 weeks, full-time


Course passing grade is 64 per cent. In order to successfully complete each level a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent is required. An overall GPA of 70 per cent is required to successfully complete the program.


Graduates of this program who enter the trade within one year of graduation can expect to receive credit for three levels of technical training for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprenticeship.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
1111 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

Roommeme transfers the student's name, information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program will produce competent entry-level tradespersons who are knowledgeable in all aspects of the HVAC and R industry. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter and complete a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship with employers such as commercial/industrial refrigeration contractors, air conditioning commercial contractors, HVAC and R controls, or they may find positions in building maintenance. Workers in this trade must be apprentices or journeypersons.

Job opportunities in this field are broad and far reaching. The largest employer classifications are wholesaler and contracting firms. Other employers could be government agencies and large hotel and resort chains. Opportunities for employment come as a result of an expanding market, as well as a turnover of skilled technicians who may be retiring or moving up to supervisory positions.

Graduate employment outcomes

The Roommeme student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2016-2018 Roommeme Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff



, Refrigeration TQ and IP
Chief Instructor

Michael Devlin, Refrigeration TQ and IP

, Refrigeration TQ and IP

Bryan Kramer, Refrigeration TQ and IP


, BSc
Associate Dean

Dan Sasso
Toolroom Attendant

Kelsey Wells 
Administrative Assistant

Advisory committee

Maurice Castonguay
Service Account Manager, Trane Northwest

Peter Chountalos
Senior Account Manager, Enviro Tech Mechanical

Warren Maloff
HVAC Project Manager, Pacific West Mechanical

Mark Porter
President, Airstream Heating & AC

Peter Whiten
Principle, Custom Air Conditioning Ltd.

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