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Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration

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Snow College is pleased to announce another addition to our expanding curriculum.  Currently Snow and the other schools in USHE (Utah System of Higher Education) are aligning our programs, to present the knowledge needed for an entry level position in our industry guided by AHRI standards.  Snow is expanding the program for more in depth areas of study for the professional that would like to expand their knowledge base.  

This program is in the Competency Based Education (CBE) format, which means the student has the flexibility to complete the class as fast as their schedule, knowledge and/or experience permits as long as it is within the semester time frame.  Also, to keep the standards high, Snow has set the passing score to 80% or better (B or better).  This program is computer based with “hands on” in our lab on the Richfield campus at the student’s convenience.  

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Skills Taught

  • Foundations of HVAC/R technician
  • Basics of electricity, controls, and motors
  • Air-Conditioning system diagnostics, troubleshooting, servicing
  • Cycle and components of heating, troubleshooting and safety when making repairs

Career Options for Completers

  • Air-Conditioning Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • HVAC Installer
One Semester

One Semester

Certificate of Proficiency



$1360, $85/credit

Student Fees


* Tuition and fees are subject to change.



$120 (approximate)

Fall Semester


Spring Semester


Students may start this program at the beginning of fall or spring semester. (August, January)

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13% Growth

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Richfield Campus

Richfield Campus

Classes Required for HVAC Core Level 1 Certificate of Proficiency

Course # Title Credits
TEAC 1010 Introduction to Air Conditioning, Heathing and Refrigeration 3
TEAC 1100 HVACR Electrical Essentials 3
TEAC 1120 Heating Systems 3
TEAC 1140 Basic Refrigeration Systems 3
TEAC 1160 Basic Installation Skills 3

Classes Required for HVAC Core Level 2 Certificate of Proficiency

Course # Title Credits
HVAC 2200 Refrigeration Systems 4
HVAC 2300 System Installation, Air Distribution, and Balance 4
HVAC 2400 System Diagnostics, Troubleshooting, and Servicing 4
HVAC 2500* Ducting and Layout 4
*coming soon

This program follows a Competency Based Education (CBE) format. CBE measures your mastery of the subject material (rather than how many hours you spent in class) to determine if you earn credit. CBE is about what you know and can do, not how many hours you spent learning it.

CBE courses contain the same assignments, instruction videos, quizzes, etc., as the regular online version of the class. The main difference is that in a CBE class, most of those lessons and activities are optional (and not graded). You will complete as many (or few) as you need to learn the material. When you feel you’re ready, you can take the assessment. If you pass with an 80% or above, you may move on to the next section. If you score below 80%, you will need to review the material before retaking the assessment. Students are expected to keep up on work, attend labs and externships. Falling behind may result in failure of courses and an inability to complete the program. For more detailed information about Competency Based Education (CBE), please visit:

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