Skilled Trades

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2016 Barrie, Owen Sound
Winter 2017 Owen Sound
Fall 2017 Barrie, Owen Sound

Program description

Students will develop the skills required to install, service, and maintain the environmental systems for residential buildings. This includes working with a variety of gas appliances as well as an introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning. There will be an emphasis on energy efficient and environmentally friendly approaches. Students will also read, utilize, and produce Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning (HRAC) drawings using industry standard software. Practical skills with sheet metal will be developed. The program will prepare students to write their Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Gas Fitter II exams in order to become a licensed gas technician.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • Most college preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Technology Foundation, Technology Fundamentals and General Arts and Science*
  • Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications
  • Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

  • Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.


View the Heat/Ref/Air Cond Technician articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.


Mandatory Courses

DRFT2003 Drafting Techniques
ENVR1000 Environmental Science and Sustainability
GAST1000 Introduction to Electricity
GAST1001 Professional Practices
GAST1002 Piping and Tubing Systems
GAST1003 Introduction to Gas Appliances
GAST1004 Pressure Regulator Controls
GAST1006 Gas Appliances
GAST1008 Forced Air and Space Heating
GAST1009 Venting
HRAC2000 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1
MATH1018 Introduction to Technical Mathematics
SCIE2001 Heating and Air Conditioning Science
GAST1011 Water Heaters and Hydronic Heating
GAST1012 Forced Air Add-Ons and Air Conditioning

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Co-op Work Term

COOP1029 HRAC Work Term 1

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