Course Description

Although no longer available, here is an outline of the main physical training course that was available at the Institute for students of HVAC/R who wished to progress to become experts in the industry.

In its place, we have opted for providing recommendations of some of the top online training course that are available in this industry.

Of course, there can be no real substitute for rolling up your sleeves and getting physical, hands-on training where you get to work on actual refrigeration and heating devices.

However, learning theory and gaining an understanding of how thing work from books is how most students begin their journey to qualifying and the same is true of anyone entering this industry.

Recommendations and reviews ware provided in associated articles published on this website. To begin, here is an overview of what was provided on the old real world training provided by the Institute in the classroom.

What the Course Provided

Course curriculum is divided into ten units covering COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION, HEATING, AIR CONDITIONING, ELECTRICAL & Alternative Energy Sources

Students will learn how to trouble-shoot, service, repair and install all Heating, AC, and Refrigeration parts and equipment. Classroom instruction is presented by highly trained qualified instructors that are certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence) and RSES (REFRIGERATION SERVICE ENGINEERS SOCIETY) Classroom and lab hands-on training is limited to no more than 18 students to provide individual, personalized training with modern high efficiency heating, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration units.

Students receive instruction and hands-on experience with numerous running on site lab projects. Students will learn refrigeration components and their function in modern refrigeration equipment. Students will learn to read, draw and understand electrical diagrams of on-site Ice machines, reach-in and walk-in freezers, all types of commercial and residential furnaces, hot water heaters, heat pumps, and air conditioning units.

Training is 50% classroom instruction, 50% hands-on training that will be evaluated by student and instructors at the end of each individual project. Students will be trained in the usage of modern environmentally safe, ozone friendly refrigerants with EPA certification in Refrigerant usage ( EPA section 608 ) Students will receive classroom and lab training to prepare for NATE core certification.


The latest development was that the Institute was going Green with their new Alternative Energy Systems course. This included solar thermal, solar electric, wind power and other green, environmentally friendly and ecologically sound technologies.

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Why the HVAC/R Industry?

Perhaps you are unsure as to why gaining a qualification in this industry is important. Take a look at the three main points below:

  1. *Median Hourly wage of $21.04
  2. *Projected growth rate of 39% in California
  3. HVAC/R Training Institute will have you trained in a matter of weeks (not years)

As you can see, becoming an expert in this area can be financially lucrative and fulfilling as you would not only be providing yourself and your family with a strong, reliable income source but you will also be providing a useful and in many cases vital service to your community.

*Source: California EDD
Reference: U.S. Dept of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook