HVAC Technician

George Mason University

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES705
Hours: 320
Fees: $3195.00 USD


The HVAC Technician Online Training Program is a comprehensive HVACR training program for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration installers and technicians. This program is for you if you're interested in getting started in an entry-level position in the HVACR industry, or if you're seeking continuing education for upgrading skills or becoming certified or licensed.

The program focuses on learning objectives that have been identified by HVACR industry groups as key knowledge for an HVACR technician.

If you wish to see what the industry recommends for study, AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) and NATE (North American Technician Excellence) both have an HVAC curriculum guide posted on their Web sites.

The HVAC Technician Online Training Program has 16 sections, with a subscription length of 60 days per section. Each section contains 6 modules. The modules cover specific HVACR concepts and incorporate reading assignments, Web site tours, applied exercises, quizzes, industry terminology definitions, video clips, animations, images, and printable handouts.

Included within the HVAC Technician Program are a number of competency check-off sheets . You're encouraged to work directly with a local contractor or technician to get hands-on experience and have your skills verified. 

After you complete a module, print the related competency list and demonstrate your abilities under the supervision of a qualified technician. This enforces the online learning with hands-on experience and creates industry relationships that will support you as a new HVACR technician.

Below is a sample of competencies for the Fundamentals and Safety sections.

  • Assist with determining space air-flow requirements
  • Prepare equipment foundation base
  • Install anchor in concrete
  • Cut metal with portable metal saw
  • Drill metal with portable electric drill
  • Measure temperature in air-conditioning system
  • Measure refrigerant temperature
  • Measure relative humidity
  • Clean coils
  • Clean humidifier
  • Clean fan
  • Clean register
  • Measure voltage in electrical circuit
  • Test electrical circuit for continuity
  • Test equipment for ground
  • Make electrical connection
  • Lubricate bearings
  • Clean work site and make final inspection after job completion

For more information, see the FAQs.

Upon registering, you're given an initial sixty (60) days to complete each section. Should you need more time beyond the sixty (60) days, an extension of one (1) month is available with a fee of $60 or an extension of two (2) months is available with a fee of $90 within a section. Fees and extensions apply per section. 

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