HVAC Technicican Certificate

NOTE: The HVAC program is currently not accepting new students.


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Graduates with this certificate in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are prepared to work as installation or service technicians in residential and light commercial settings. This certificate is designed to provide all the skills needed to successfully compete for HVAC installer or entry-level service technician positions. This program is offered in a way that allows students to move at their own speed through the program. Classes outside the HVAC-specific classes will be taken in the traditional format but students can complete the HVAC classes as quickly as they are able as long as they achieve and demonstrate mastery of the required competencies/skills for the class. In other words, students do not have to wait to the end of the quarter to progress to the next class (some restrictions apply).
Learning Outcomes
  • The students will have a good understanding, knowledge, and comprehension, of the theory and principles of HVAC equipment and their use.
  • The student will demonstrate a solid foundation of required technical skills for HVAC Technicians.
  • Students will be able to identify and apply the principles and strategies necessary for installation and service of HVAC systems.
  • Students will prepare for the EPA Section 608 exam, satisfactorily pass weekly quizzes and/or tests, and sit for the exams.
Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this degree with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk (*).  HVAC Technician Prerequisites:
  • Placement into ENGL097/ENGL098 or higher or equivalent.
  • Have taken or tested into MATH085 or higher, or have taken an equivalent or higher level class.
Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer and advanced placement.
Course Number General Education/Related Instruction (15 credits) Credits
course(BUS236) Interpersonal Communications for the Workplace 5
course(EET160) Introduction to Electricity and Electronics 5
course(BUS140) Customer Service 5
Course Number Certificate Requirements (38 credits) Credits
course(BUS169) Using Computers in Business 5
course(HVC101) Essentials of HVAC 5
course(HVC210)* Cooling and Heating Service 1 5
course(HVC211)* Cooling and Heating Service 1 and 2B 5
course(HVC212)* Cooling and Heating Systems Servicing 1 5
course(HVC220) Green HVAC 3
course(HVC226)* HVAC Electronics and Control Ssytems 5
course(HVC228)* Energy Performance for the Field Technician



Total Credits -- Minimum
This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. 1st quarter: Bus 169, Bus 236 2nd quarter: HVC 101, EET 160, Bus 140 3rd quarter: HVC 210, HVC 211, HVC 226 4th quarter: HVC 212, HVC 220, HVC 228
Sequence Type

What Skills do I need to be successful in this field?

  • Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. Troubleshooting- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Repairing- Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation Monitoring -Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

What are some potential job titles?

  • Heating and Air Conditioning Installer
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Servicer
  • Furnace Installer and Repairer

Wages, employment trends and pathways

Program Contact:

Mark Weber (206) 934-6010,

North Seattle College Advising:

(206) 934-3658

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