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HVACR Pre-Apprenticeship

If you enjoy working with your hands and are interested in learning air conditioning repair and maintenance, this program could be right for you.

Harford's HVAC/R program prepares students for entry-level positions in the HVAC industry in under 12 months. Many of our hands-on classes take place in simulated work environments so you get the skills and experience you need to attract employers and find in-demand job opportunities. The training at Harford Community College is fast-tracked and career-focused so you can move more quickly into the working world.

For those interested in the HVAC Apprenticeship program but missed the cut-off date for applications, this program gives you a head start. Complete the program, apply for next year's apprenticeship class, and you may qualify to enter the HVAC Apprenticeship program as a second-year student. No time lost and lots to gain!

Program Overview

HVAC/R Certificate, EPA Refrigerant Recovery


Must be at least 18 years of age and possess a high school diploma or GED®


  • Basic Refrigeration
  • Comfort Cooling
  • Electrical for the HVAC Technician
  • Heating Systems
  • Preparation for Refrigerant Recovery Certification (CFC)

Students in this program have access to an up-to-date lab environment for training in the diagnosis, repair and service of basic HVAC/R systems and are able to experience working on small-, medium-, and large-scale heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

What can I do when I complete this program?

After completing the HVAR/R Certificate program, students find work in the HVAC industry, assisting technicians or transfer to the HVAC apprenticeship program for additional training.