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HVAC & Basic Refrigeration Training

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Curriculum Details

Arizona Automotive Institute’s comprehensive Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Basic Refrigeration program prepares you for a career as an HVAC professional. We combine classroom-style education with simulated on-the-job hands-on learning to prepare you for what a career servicing a variety of different types of equipment will be like once you graduate. With enrollment starting on a rolling basis every 5 weeks and programs that can be completed in 10 months, your dream career is in your near future! By the end of our program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the EPA Section 608 Technician certification.*

Diploma: 50 Credit Hours, 10 Months.

*AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating & Heat Pumps
  • Refrigeration
  • Technical Customer Service
  • Business Communications
  • Equipment Repairs

What is NCCER?

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), created in 1996, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation. NCCER was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs, and various association and academic leaders to create a standardized training and credentialing program for the construction industry.

Why is NCCER important to you?

Earning NCCER’s industry-recognized credentials means you, having undergone approved training, and have met the standards set by the NCCER. Your universally recognized credentials in your craft represent a national portability of your skills.

Additionally, NCCER manages credentialing and certification through its Registry System, which assists craft trainees and professionals by maintaining their records in a secure database.

NCCER also drives multiple initiatives to enhance career development and recruitment efforts for the industry, primarily through its Build Your Future initiative.

Why is NCCER important to employers?

Many organizations and companies track the qualifications of their craft professionals and possible new hires through NCCER’s Registry System. Those with NCCER credentials may be more desirable to potential employers.

What Does an HVAC & Basic Refrigeration Technician Do?

Simply put, HVAC & Basic Refrigeration Technicians work on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems that help create comfortable environments for people to live and work in. HVAC Technicians are able to install new systems, maintain existing systems, and/or make repairs to malfunctioning equipment. 

Still unsure if HVAC & Basic Refrigeration is the program for you? Let’s walk through some of the main tasks and day-to-day routine of what it looks like to be an HVAC & Basic Refrigeration technician.

*AAI cannot guarantee employment or salary.


  • Prepping and ensuring job site safety
  • Performing HVAC installs and removals
  • Connecting and changing electrical wiring
  • Testing for carbon dioxide and monoxide
  • Following complex blueprints

Maintenance & Troubleshooting

  • Performing diagnoses using diagnostic tools
  • Troubleshooting systems
  • Performing tests and analyzing results
  • Performing repair work while maintaining site safety
  • Verifying systems have been fully repaired

Customer Service

  • Listening and understanding customer needs and concerns
  • Clearly communicating the issue and solutions to the costumer
  • Explaining complex and intricate pricing
  • Accurately pricing out time needed for repair

Work Schedule

Every day looks different for an HVAC technician. For HVAC technicians who do repairs, the day-to-day can vary depending on the weather and their service calls. Other HVAC technicians work for construction companies, and their installation schedules are more standardized. HVAC technicians working on repairs typically receive their daily tasks fairly early in the morning, and then they gather the necessary tools and supplies for the day. Other technicians are self-employed. These technicians are contacted directly by clients and can organize their time independently.

While technicians’ days usually start fairly early in the morning, the length of the workday depends on the service calls received. It’s not uncommon for HVAC technicians to work in the evenings, especially during periods of very hot or very cold weather. Technicians usually have opportunities to work overtime.

The number of calls an HVAC technician works on varies. They may make a lot of smaller repairs or spend most of the day working on a larger project or installation. Sometimes, technicians work in teams on larger and more complex projects. Sometimes a significant portion of a technician’s day is spent talking to customers or traveling to and from different job sites. Given this aspect of the job, in addition to technical skills, HVAC technicians are expected to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Work Environment

HVAC technicians’ work environments, like their schedules, vary from day to day. Technicians may find themselves performing repairs, maintenance, or installations in a client’s home, commercial environments, and industrial settings. HVAC technicians typically work indoors, but they may need to work outside, sometimes under more extreme weather conditions.

Refrigeration technicians often work with potentially hazardous chemicals, such as refrigerants. Safety is a very important part of the job, and technicians should to be trained in relevant safety procedures and stay up to date on best practices.

HVAC technicians should to be flexible and adaptable. In addition to the technical skills and experience that our HVAC program in Arizona provides, there’s typically additional on-the-job technical and safety training. HVAC technicians are continuously learning! To learn more about our HVAC training program, contact the Arizona Automotive Institute.

Ready to Take the First Step?

Start earning your way to the career training you have been dreaming of with our hands-on programs at Arizona Automotive Institute. Centrally located within the Phoenix Metropolitan area, AAI is the perfect place to begin your journey in skills-based careers. Learn more about our programs or schedule a tour to visit our innovative learning labs and campus today.

Employment Partners

At AAI, we want to support our students from enrollment to post-graduated. We have a number of employment partners to help you find the perfect job to start your career. Some of our HVAC & Basic Refrigeration partners are:

Ace Home Services logo
AM PM Heating and Cooling logo
Greystar Management Services logo
Hickman’s Family Farms logo
Hilton logo
Parker & Sons logo
Red Wolf Mechanical logo
Sonoran Mechanical logo
What Our Graduates Say
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Everybody was down to earth and very supportive, and guided me along. I had a goal and we made it happen. 

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The instructors here at AAI are great. They have a strong background in their industry and are very helpful. They’re great to be around; I’ve learned a lot.

Are You Ready for Your New Career?

We’re here to help you for your dream career, not your next job. If you are ready to start the next chapter of your life and looking for the technical school that will get you there, Arizona Automotive Institute is ready to help.