Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician

Heat up your career with HVAC.

Students who are analytical, enjoy customer service and like to work with their hands will do well in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program. Students will learn to install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems from residential to large size systems. Students who graduate will have a state electrical trainee license with 1,127 hours of field training credit, OSHA 30, and Universal refrigerant certifications and employment ready national certification for all types of heating air conditioning and refrigeration systems. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the median income in 2017 for HVAC/R installers was $47,080. The job outlook for our students is strong, with 100% placement rates last year.

General Information

Career Advisor: Leesa Ostrander
253-680-7410 | lostrander@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

  • National Median Salary$48,730
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings34,200

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science
CIP: 47.0201 EPC: 703  

Students prepare for certified entry-level employment in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. The technical skills acquired in this program may be applied in areas such as air conditioning, systems controls, energy management systems, heating and ventilation technicians, and sales. For those individuals already in the HVAC/R trade, customized training to upgrade skills is also provided, as well as applicable sustainable construction practices. The program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.  

Note: Students are required to pass the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute industry competency exam to complete the program: Two examinations to obtain a degree; one exam to obtain a certificate. Sufficient training is provided to qualify students to take the Environmental Protection Agency CFC certification examination required to work in the industry. A total of 1,100 hours of credit is applied toward the Washington State O6A electrical certificate.


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Joe Lyon

    253.680.7255 | Email

Bates Technical College offers classes on campus, online and hybrid. For Fall Quarter 2021, vaccinations will be required. Learn more about vaccinations and our COVID-19 response on the COVID-19 resource page.