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, plus 1 work term (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term
Academic area

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie

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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Career opportunities

Graduates are primarily prepared for a career as a gas technician. However, employment may also be found in the areas of technical support and sales within the HRAC industry. Graduates are introduced to transferable practical skills, as well as industry relevant applied math and science, in order to facilitate the transition into a variety of other trades (such as sheet metal, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, and pipe fitting). For those who want to work in these trades, an apprenticeship is required after graduation.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent, with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission details

Gas Technician work in Ontario requires Gas Technician license (Ontario Certificate of Qualification), which is governed by Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA). The college facilitates Gas Technician 3 (G.3) and Gas Technician 2 (G.2) Ontario Certificate of Qualification Examinations on campus at the end of the first and third semesters, respectively. The cost of each examination is not included in the tuition fee.

Students must have successfully completed the TSSA Gas Technician 3 (G.3) exam prior to going out on their co-op work term.

Gas Technician (GAST) program students wanting to transfer to the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRAC) program are required to:

• meet graduation requirements of the Gas Technician (GAST) program

• meet the admission requirements of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning (HRAC) program including a 12C or U math course or equivalent

• complete and submit a request for program change form

Successful applicants will be exempted from the first 3 semesters of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRAC) program.


Mandatory courses

  • ELEC 1010 - Introduction to Electricity (Semester 1 / 70 hours)
  • GAST 1003 - Introduction to Gas Appliances (Semester 1 / 70 hours)
  • GAST 1013 - Professional Practices (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • GAST 1014 - Piping and Tubing Systems (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • ELEC 1011 - Basic Electricity and Controls (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • FITN 1002 - Fitness and Wellness (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • GAST 1015 - Gas Appliances (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • ELEC 1012 - Electrical Troubleshooting Applications (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • GAST 1016 - Piping, Forced Air and Space Heating (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • GAST 1017 - Venting (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • GAST 1018 - Water Heaters and Hydronic Heating (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • GAST 1019 - Gas Code Applications (Semester 3 / 14 hours)
  • GAST 1020 - Buildings and Air Handling (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • DRFT 2003 - Drafting Techniques (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • GNED 1000 - Environmental Concerns (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • HRAC 2000 - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 1 (Semester 4 / 70 hours)
  • MATH 1007 - Mathematics Techniques (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • SCIE 2001 - Heating and Air Conditioning Science (Semester 4 / 56 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. (Semester 4)
  • COOP 1029 - HRAC Work Term (occurs after Semester 3) (Semester 4)