Refrigeration Applications Certificate

The Refrigeration Applications certificate provides students with the theory and hands-on training in the operation of refrigeration system design and component application. The certificate program will focus on installation, start-up, service repair and preventative maintenance of commercial and domestic refrigeration systems.

The students will be required to take the EPA 608 Refrigerant Handling Certification, Light Commercial Refrigeration Certification exam and the Electrical Certification exam.

Refrigeration applications graduates will have opportunities to work in the refrigeration industry in one or more of the following areas: service and repair of refrigeration systems, service and repair of domestic refrigeration systems, service and installation of food and vending refrigeration equipment and service and installation of supermarket equipment.

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Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ACR 101 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 5.0
ACR 105 Tools and Service Techniques I 1.0
ACR 106 Basic Electricity for HVAC/R 4.0
ACR 107 Wiring Diagrams 2.0
ACR 109 Tools and Service Techniques II 2.0
ACR 130 Domestic Refrigeration 4.0
ACR 131 Commercial Refrigeration 4.0
ACR 140 Automatic Controls 3.0
ACR 150 Basic Sheet Metal 2.0
ACR 160 Service Customer Relations 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers
or CPT 169 Industrial Computer Applications
Subtotal 33.0
Total Credit Hours 33.0


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 Refrigeration 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

It is best to start in the fall semester.  Place students in ACR classes even if they need developmental coursework. If a student wishes to enroll during spring or summer term, advise for general education courses. A student may also enroll in ACR 109 in the spring. In the summer a new student may also enroll in ACR 150 and ACR 160, but check with department head first.

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 Plans

Refrigeration Applications Certificate (ACR7) - Fall Start
Refrigeration Applications Certificate (ACR7) - Summer Start

NOTE: Spring start is not available for this 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 if this advising guide needs corrections or updates.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020