Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Don’t Let Your Career Go Cold!

Warm up your skills and enter the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. Learn how to safely and properly install, troubleshoot, service, and repair all types of HVAC systems. 

HVAC/R Certificate Program

Train and earn an industry-recognized credential while you work. This part-time, evening program prepares you for a career in the climate control industry in only 20 weeks. Gain the fundamental skills of installing and maintaining heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Designed for anyone interested in learning more about climate control systems, for those considering a career change, or those currently working in an entry-level position and ready to expand their skills in the HVAC/R industry. 

Employment Outlook: HVAC Mechanic and Installer, Property Management Technician, or Residential, Municipal, Commercial Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC Installers: 11.8% projected growth in jobs from 2018-2028 in the Finger Lakes region
  • Median Finger Lakes region salary: $53,240 per year (in 2021)
  • Source: NYS Department of Labor
Program Requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Successful completion of TABE entrance assessment
  • HS diploma recommended, not required (note: employers may require a high school diploma)
Tuition: $1,634
  • Fall: 9/13/22 – 02/02/23
    • Orientation: September 8th, 5:30 p.m. @ WEMOCO (3589 Big Ridge Rd, Spencerport NY 14559)
  • Spring: 2/7/23 – 06/22/23  
    • Orientation: January 26th, 5:30 p.m. @ WEMOCO (3589 Big Ridge Rd, Spencerport NY 14559)
Class Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Program length: 108 hours
Location: BOCES 2 Career & Technical Education Center (WEMOCO) 3589 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559

What will I learn?

Heating Systems
Learn the basics of keeping yourself safe and using the tools of the trade. Students will gain knowledge and skills related to  heating systems and components, such as gas furnaces, gas controls, properties of gas piping, ventilation and combustion. You will learn HVAC-related math and measurements, electrical basics for wiring and meter training. You will also explore advanced controls, design for installing systems, heat load calculations and troubleshooting.

This course will introduce students to refrigeration and refrigerants. Identify refrigerants according to their series number and cylinder color code. Students will learn the refrigeration cycle, pressure & temperature relationship, superheat/subcooling, proper refrigerant charge, latent heat/sensible heat, refrigerant recovery/charging/evacuation, and system troubleshooting. 

Air-Conditioning Systems
The course emphasizes the fundamentals of residential air conditioning, knowledge of the tools and materials needed to repair the electrical and mechanical portion of the A/C system. Students will learn about the air conditioning cycle, components of an air conditioning system, heat pumps, thermostats, and electric meter training.  

OSHA 10 Certification
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration )10-hour training will help educate workers to predict, prevent, identify and stop possible common worksite hazards, and is required for many industry careers.

EPA 608 Certification
This certification exam is designed to educate HVAC technicians on various methods and refrigeration products, providing a safe and eco-friendly outcome with each service.

Student Support and Academic Services
  • Access to student support advisors, who can provide career advisement and referral services.  
  • Access to academic, employability and interviewing support
  • Access to employer networks

How do I enroll?

Admission Procedures
When you are ready to apply, registration for Career Training Programs requires successful completion of the entrance assessment, and satisfactory arrangement of payment of tuition. An automated email confirming registration will be sent to your email. The entire admission process must be completed before enrollment is confirmed.
  1. Complete a contact card and register for an Entrance Assessment: Once you submit the contact card, you'll receive an email (check your spam!). Use the link in the email to register for an Entrance Assessment.
  2. Complete an entrance assessment to determine your program eligibility. Your score on the assessment helps determine the level of support you may need to be successful in the program.
  3. Secure funding. You may choose to meet with an advisor to discuss funding options.
Tuition Assistance options for this program include:
* Funding grants available through RochesterWorks! for eligible applicants Click here for RochesterWorks Services for Adults
*Other local tuition assistance

Get Started Today!

Complete a contact card to connect with an advisor, learn more about the program, and complete an application