Skilled Trades

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician
High demand field. Work for an employer or be your own boss. Hands-on experience during co-op work term. Just 20 months until you graduate!

General information

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

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Barrie, Owen Sound
Winter 2018 Owen Sound

Program description

Students gain the required skills to install, service, and maintain the environmental systems for residential buildings, including working with a variety of gas appliances, as well as an introduction to refrigeration and air conditioning. Students examine energy efficient and environmentally friendly approaches; and read, utilize, and produce Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning (HRAC) drawings using industry standard software. Students gain the required skills to obtain the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) Gas Technician 2 (G.2) exams in order to become a licensed gas technician.


This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

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Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent, with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (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) (ENG 4C, ENG 4U); plus any
  • Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP 4C or MCT 4C), or any Grade 12 U University Mathematics.

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

  • Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College
  • 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 and mathematics 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 and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*


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


Mandatory Courses

DRFT2003 Drafting Techniques
GAST1003 Introduction to Gas Appliances
HRAC2000 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1
SCIE2001 Heating and Air Conditioning Science
MATH1007 Mathematics Techniques
FITN1002 Fitness and Wellness
ELEC1010 Introduction to Electricity
GAST1013 Professional Practices
GAST1014 Piping and Tubing Systems
ELEC1011 Basic Electricity and Controls
GAST1015 Gas Appliances
GAST1016 Piping, Forced Air and Space Heating
GAST1017 Venting
GAST1019 Gas Code Applications
ELEC1012 Electrical Troubleshooting Applications
GAST1020 Buildings and Air Handling
GAST1018 Water Heaters and Hydronic Heating
GNED1000 Environmental Concerns

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

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