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HVAC Commercial Refrigeration and Air Program

Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning - Certificate

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One of the fastest-growing service occupations, the commercial sector of the HVAC/R industry has seen major changes in the past few years as society places a greater emphasis on fuel conservation and environmental concerns. HGTC's Commercial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificate is designed to provide residential technicians with the knowledge and ability to enter the commercial sector, where skilled refrigeration mechanics are in high demand to keep these complex systems running at maximum capacity. 

The focus of this program is to train students to service, repair, and troubleshoot commercial refrigeration systems, which include walk-in coolers and freezers, reach-ins, and ice machines. The coursework will also focus on commercial air-conditioning systems rated 5 tons and higher, advanced energy-efficient systems, and advanced control systems. 

Federal financial aid does not apply to this program.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
Students entering this certificate program must have completed ACR 210 with a minimum grade of C; have passed the ICE exam with a minimum score of 70, or have a NATE certification.

The commercial sector of the HVAC/R industry is dealing with a shortage of qualified technicians, so career opportunities abound for graduates of this program.

Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:

  • Air Conditioning Mechanics
  • Refrigeration Mechanics

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

For more information, contact:
Terry Smith - (843) 349-3625

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ACR 131 Commercial Refrigeration 4
ACR 201 Troubleshooting and Maintenance 3
ACR 207 Advanced Refrigeration Electricity 3