Start a Career as an HVAC/R Technician
If you’re a problem solver who likes to work with your hands, a career in HVAC/R may be right for you. The HVAC/R industry offers consistent work, growing job opportunities and great salary potential. Best of all, you can begin your career in as little as 12 months. This online course will prepare you for an entry-level role in the HVAC/R field and provide the training you need to earn “work ready” certificates and start an apprenticeship.
What you will learn:
- This course will provide the necessary information to pass the following entry-level certificate exams:
- HVAC Excellence ESCO Group: 17 Employment Ready Certificates
- NATE: Ready to Work Certificate
- EPA 608: Section 608 Universal Technician Certification
- Understand basic components of the vapor-compression and refrigeration cycles, functions, and characteristics of system refrigerants, piping operations
- Learn proper installation and operation of HVAC systems
- Understand EPA laws related to safe handling and transport of refrigerants
To apply to the Online Entry-Level HVAC/R Training program at CSU Bakersfield, in partnership with Ed2Go, complete the following steps:
- Navigate to the CSUB/Ed2go website
- Click the ENROLL ONLINE button
- Continue to CHECKOUT
- Fill in required fields
- Complete payment information or make payment arrangements
Need help enrolling? Call (855) 520-6806
Be at least 18 years of age
Meet one of the following requirements:
High school diploma
General Education Development (GED) Certificate
The Online Entry-Level HVAC/R Training Program costs $3,045.
We understand that one of the biggest concerns tied to furthering your education is how to pay for it. To help, CSU Bakersfield and Ed2Go offer low tuition prices that provide big payoffs. We've also designed multiple tuition payment plans, allowing you to choose the funding option that best fits your needs.
We currently offer:
- A discount when you choose to pay your tuition in a single payment
- An interest-free, 3-month payment plan
- A low interest, 12-month payment plan
For more information on tuition and funding options, please contact us at (855) 520-6806.
Note: Program is not eligible for FAFSA-based financial aid.
Safety, Tools and Equipment, And Shop Practices
Learn general safety practices as well as how to care for and use all the tools you will come across on the job.
Understand automatic control components and applications including troubleshooting for basic through more advanced systems.
Gain a full understanding of electric motors including types, applications, controls, and troubleshooting techniques.
Learn the ins and outs of commercial refrigeration components including evaporators, condensers, compressors, expansion devices, ice machines, special applications and systems, and more.
Understand comfort and psychometrics, air distribution and balance, installation, energy auditing, common conditions, troubleshooting techniques, and more.
Learn about the heat gains and losses that occur in various structures as well as detailed information on both air source and geothermal heat pumps.
Get detailed information on domestic appliances including refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners.
Commercial Air-Conditioning and Chilled-Water Systems
Learn the ins and out of cooling towers, pumps, and chilled-water systems.
Simulation Challenge Mode – I
Virtual, hands-on simulation of troubleshooting an HVAC/R system.
Simulation Challenge Mode – II
Hands-on virtual simulation of routing electricity to an HVAC/R system.
The Online Entry-Level HVAC/R Training program is completely online and provided by our partner, Ed2go. Once you are registered with Ed2go, your password and access information will be emailed to you. Through the Ed2go portal you will have access to:
- Homework assignments
- Quizzes / tests
- Technical support
- Discussion boards
- One-on-one help from instructors
- Additional resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians, also called installers or mechanics, work on the systems that control the temperature, humidity, and quality of the air in our homes, workplaces, and all other types of buildings.
To become an HVAC/R technician, you will first have to work as an apprentice under a licensed technician for up to 2,000 hours. However, apprenticeships are competitive, so having formal training and a “work ready” certificate significantly improve your chances of success.
Yes. This HVAC/R Technician course will prepare you for entry-level work ready certificates:
- HVAC Excellence “Employment Ready” Certificate
- NATE “Ready to Work” Certificate
Yes. For job seekers just entering the HVACR field, a work ready certificates show prospective employers that you have a fundamental understanding of HVAC/R systems, maintenance and troubleshooting.