HVAC/R 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 that 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-track and career-focused so you can move more quickly into the working world. Students may qualify to enter the HVAC Apprenticeship program as a second-year student.


Program Overview

Educational Credential:

HVAC/R Certificate, EPA Refrigerant Recovery


No. of Classes Required:




Educational Format:

In-classroom, plus hands-on training in lab environment





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.



According to PayScale.com, an entry-level HVAC technician with less than one year's experience can expect to earn an average hourly rate of approximately $15.14*. An early career HVAC technician with 1-4 years of experience earns an average of $17.35*.


*Completion of this certificate does not guarantee this wage.


Who Teaches This Program?

This program is taught by a master HVAC technician with years of teaching experience.


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