HVAC/R Service Technician Certificate Program

HVAC/R Service Technician Certificate Program


Course Information


The PHCC Academy of San Diego’s Entry-Level HVAC Service Tech Certificate Program is a seven-month program designed for students with no or minimal years of experience in the industry. The program fosters a solid foundation and understanding of the latest tools, equipment, and technologies. Students become proficient and confident to perform residential and light commercial maintenances and basic troubleshooting. The program provides superior in-depth, hands-on training with a variety of equipment used in today’s complex heating and air conditioning systems. At the conclusion of this program, students are prepared to take and earn the EPA 608 Exam.


Covered Course Topics Include: 

  • Intro to HVAC
  • HVAC safety
  • System controls
  • Tools of the trade
  • Gas furnaces/air handlers
  • Air conditioning
  • Heat pumps
  • Low and high voltage
  • Brazing
  • Troubleshooting scenarios
  • Customer service & more




Course Dates: September 2021 – June 2022

  • Open Enrollment Begins – July 15, 2021
  • Entrance Exams – In-Person and by appointment, July- August 2021
    • $50 fee (waived for PHCC member companies)
  • Classes Begin Monday, September 20, 2021
  • Class is held Mondays 5:30pm-8:30pm, plus one additional online 2-hour class per week.

*Some classes may require pre-scheduled Saturday curricular activities. Students will be notified of these Saturday classes at least 30 days in advance.


2021-2022 Tuition and Fees

Tuition can be paid in full for a 10% discount, in (2) semester installments for a 5% discount, or in monthly installments.**

HVAC Service Tech Certificate Program Tuition Per Student / Per Year

  • Open Rate: $2,995.00 per year
  • PHCC Contractor Member: $2,195.00 per year
  • Student Rate: $2,595.00 per year (students paying on their own)
  • Entrance Exam Fee: $50.00 (waived for PHCC members)


Course Supplies

Any required textbooks must be obtained and brought to each class session. Books can be purchased through any source, ensuring book title and edition match descriptions below:

Description: Heating and Cooling Essentials is the ideal introductory text for students entering the HVACR field, providing well-illustrated and simple explanations of complex HVACR topics. The text emphasizes the techniques needed to perform the installation, service, and repair of refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating systems. Students build an understanding of how the many photos and diagrams enhance learning for those new to the study of HVACR. Strong Tips, and review questions aid learning and retention. New careers and soft skill information prepare students for the workplace skills needed to be successful in HVACR careers. In addition to showing students how to excel in the workplace, Heating and Cooling Essentials helps them get the most out of an HVACR education. 




HVAC 2021-2022 Training Program Flyer

HVAC 2021-2022 Training Program Enrollment Form

HVAC 2021-2022 Fee Schedule and Book List

HVAC Course Syllabus

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