Heating Fundamentals Certificate

The Heating Fundamentals certificate provides students with the theory and hands-on training in the operation of heating and cooling system design and component application. The certificate program will focus on concepts of installation, service repair, preventative maintenance and start-up of heating and cooling systems.

The students will be required to take the R-410A Certification and the Heat Pump Certification exams.

Heating Fundamentals certificate graduates will have opportunities to work in the industry in one or more of the following areas: service, installation and repair of gas, oil and electric heating systems, service, installation and repair of heat pump systems and design and installation of air duct systems.

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Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ACR 110 Heating Fundamentals 4.0
ACR 122 Principles of Air Conditioning 5.0
ACR 210 Heat Pumps 4.0
ACR 223 Testing and Balancing 3.0
ACR 224 Codes and Ordinances 2.0
ACR 231 Advanced Refrigeration 4.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers
or CPT 169 Industrial Computer Applications
Subtotal 25.0
Total Credit Hours 25.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Heating Fundamentals program is dedicated to assisting adult learners in the development of the skills and knowledge necessary to the student’s success and to support their educational goals for employment and professional growth in the HVAC field.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Install, repair and service most light commercial refrigeration systems.

  2. Use a wiring schematic in troubleshooting most air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems.

  3. Install and service most residential heat pump systems.

  4. Use most of the tools and meters associated with the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

  5. Calculate residential heat loss and heat gain.

  6. Test and balance air quantities in most heating and air conditioning systems.

  7. Install and service most heating systems including gas, oil, and electric.

  8. Apply Fundamentals for repair, adjustment and maintenance of pneumatic controls used in most air conditioning systems.

  9. Apply safety rules and regulations when working.

  10. Install, repair and maintain most domestic refrigeration systems.

Advisement Information

Program notes

This certificate is the second year of the HVACR program. A new student without prior course work, relevant field experience or professional education can’t initially register for these courses. The Department Head will make this determination on a case by case basis. Completion of the Refrigeration Applications Certificate ensures that a student has completed the necessary prerequisites. The exact prerequisites are listed in the College catalog.

Courses are offered during day and evening hours

Top-quality tools, meter and gauges, which are required for this program, will cost $500 - $700.  There is a list at the bookstore, or you can contact Bill Cockrell for more information.

Graduation Plans

2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plan

Heating Fundamentals Certificate (HTG7) - FALL START ONLY

Students must have completed either the Refrigeration Applications Certificate (ACR7) or the HVACR Installers Certificate (HVA6) before beginning the Heating Fundamentals Certificate.


You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

Enrollment advisor:  Please contact HVAC program director Bill Cockrell during the initial enrollment process.  If you are unable to make contact, send Bill electronic notification of students’ enrollment.

You may also contact David Kibler about this program.

Please email advising@ptc.edu if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020