2014/15 Program

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

Our Program

Humber’s program prepares students for a career as a heating (gas and oil), refrigeration and air conditioning technician. You will acquire a broad knowledge of the design, installation and service techniques of heating and air conditioning systems in residential and small commercial buildings. Students learn to size, select and maintain equipment for building comfort utilizing various industry standards.

Your Career

Today’s residential central air conditioning systems are up to 35 per cent more energy-efficient than the ones that were typically installed in the 1990s. This is just one example of how this sector is addressing Canadians’ concerns about rising energy prices and the environment in practical and effective ways. Work with design contractors in designing, installing, servicing, or retrofitting heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment. As well, there are opportunities to work as a sales representative, specifications writer or service representative. With experience, graduates can become estimators, working with plans and specifications to determine material and labour requirements in preparation of contract bids.

Our Industry Partnerships

Partnerships include Carrier Canada, Sporlan Valve a division of Parker Hannifin, York International, Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) – Ontario Maple Leaf Chapter, DuPont Canada, Lennox Canada, Engineered Air, and the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute (HRAI).

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
  • Two Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application
  • Proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet applications is required. Students who lack the requisite computer skills will be required to take a computer course at their own expense. Students must have acquired these computer skills before the beginning of second semester

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.


The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters was

  • domestic $3,690.08
  • international $12,950.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) (six exams in total). The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) G.3 exam, G.2 exam and OBT.3 exam. The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Refrigerant Handling exam.

Fees will vary depending on the supervision/delivery/agency of the exam.

Alternative Course of Study

Upon completion of this program, graduates can attain a Gas Technician 2 Certificate of Qualification by taking the two-semester Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology program 03601.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
HVAC 102 Refrigeration 1
HVAC 104 Hvac Controls 1
HVAC 105 Engineering Practices
HVAC 109 Codes and Practice
TMAT 105 Technical Mathematics 1
WRIT 108 Technical Communications 1 for Skilled Trade Professionals

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
HUMA 024 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
HVAC 201 Refrigeration 2
HVAC 209 HVAC Controls 2
HVAC 210 Oil Code
HVAC 315 Advanced Piping Systems
TMAT 204 Technical Mathematics 2
WRIT 208 Technical Communications 2 for Skilled Trade Professionals

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
HVAC 202 Residential Systems Design 1
HVAC 314 Hvac Autocad And Graphics
HVAC 401 Refrigeration 3
HVAC 410 Hvac Controls 3
HVAC 418 Mechanical Ventilation

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
HVAC 204 HVAC Software Applications
HVAC 301 Commercial System Design 1
HVAC 317 Combo-Commissioning
HVAC 416 Heating Systems and Add-Ons
HVAC 501 Refrigeration 4