Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
Credential: Ontario College Diploma College Code: CONS School: Trades & Apprenticeship Program Code: 0465 Accelerated Delivery: No Campus: WA Academic Year: 2017 / 2018
About the Program
This program provides extensive theory and hands-on training pertaining to the heating, refrigeration, and air conditioning fields. This growing trades area changes rapidly and this program incorporates studies dealing with current HVAC topics including green technologies. It also provides foundational skills in general sheet metal, gas, and electrical. The practical courses taking place in the HVAC Centre are designed to train students to enter the field with all the skills necessary for employment. Students may have the opportunity to write the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) G3 and G2 Gas Technician exams.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Waterloo – September/2017 – Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Waterloo – January/2018 – Winter | Spring/Summer | Winter | Spring/Summer
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 26
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications for Trades (COMM1280)
- Grade 12 Mathematics, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Mathematics for Trades and Apprenticeship (MATH1420)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each advanced level, OAC, U,U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound mathematical and English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Applicants are advised that manual dexterity and the ability to work at heights and in various climatic conditions are frequent prerequisites for employment in this field. The physical demands of this program reflect industry requirements (e.g. lifting, carrying, climbing, etc.) and require students to be physically fit in order to participate adequately.
- Students are expected to demonstrate the same attention to attendance, punctuality and conduct as would be required by the business or industry in which they expect to be employed.
- Students are required to provide their own CSA-approved footwear, hard hat, safety glasses, and specified hand tools. The college provides all other tools required. Students will have the opportunity to buy their specified hand tools in a kit during the first week of the program for a discounted cost. The list of required tools will be provided to students during orientation.
Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.
Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician – Program # 0465
Waterloo – Fall 2017 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
Graduates are well prepared to enter into an apprenticeship in a related trade, entry-level work in the gas technician field, or mechanical systems sales and service.
On average, 93% of graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Pathways Credit Transfer
Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student s Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Learn more about PLAR.