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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration


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Get started in one of the coolest fields around

Prepare to earn the North American Technician Excellence industry credential

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You don’t necessarily have to get hot and sweaty on the job working in the in the versatile field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

While Tidewater Community College's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certificate is perfect for entry-level workers looking to work as residential or commercial technicians, opportunities in sales are also available.

Begin today in the most in-demand technical field in Virginia and across the nation.

Go further

Apply all your credits from this certificate to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation, Cooling and Refrigeration (HVAC/R).

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work in this program qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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What does this program cost?

TCC's Certificate in Air Conditioning and refrigeration consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Portsmouth Campus. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
35 credits x $185.35 per credit = $6,487.25 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Find immediate employment or apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in HVAC/R.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • have excellent customer service skills
  • enjoy problem solving
  • have some aptitude for math and algebra
  • have a clean driving record 
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Entire program can be completed in the evening

Job growth expected to grow at a rate of 21 percent through 2022

Hands-on learning in state-of-the-art laboratories

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High demand for jobs in versatile field


TCC can get you ready for one of the most in-demand careers in Virginia and the nation


Navy veteran among the first to graduate with HVAC/R associate degree