Train in the installation, maintenance, repair and overhaul of residential and commercial central air conditioning systems, as well as heating, ventilation and cooling systems.
Tuition and Fees
Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
- All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
- International students will pay International tuition fees
If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:
This 25-week (750 hours) program is designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry and supply the student with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice. It also provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of installing, servicing, and troubleshooting all aspects of heating, ventilating and airconditioning/refrigeration equipment.
Graduates of this program may receive credit for Level 1 apprenticeship technical training and may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would return to school to complete Level 2 (seven weeks), Level 3 (ten weeks) and Level 4 (ten weeks).
The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program consists of five years of on-the-job experience combined with four levels of in-school technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) Examination through the Industry Training Authority.
Good hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills with attention to detail are desirable qualities for individuals pursuing a career in this field.
Textbooks and supplies required for students in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship program (total $1,595.23):
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (8th Edition)- $193.49
- B-52-18 Refrigeration Code Book- $266.79
- Practical Problems in Math for Heating & Air Conditioning Technicians-$106.29
- Electricity for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (10th Edition)- $172.79
- Principles of Refrigeration- N/A
- CAN/CSA B149.1-20 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code- $287.79
- Code Modules A-G- $56.79
- Modules H-O- $82.29
- ODS/CFC Certification – Mandatory Course- $90.00
- Gas Appliance Service Certificate of Qualification Exam- $339.00
* The above certificates will be explained by your instructor on the first day of class.
5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change. Textbooks available at OC Campus Store by contacting 250-492-4305 ext. 3246 or ordering online.
Other required materials:
- Appropriate clothing (no shorts, sandals, etc.)
- CSA-approved footwear
- CSA-approved hard hat (blue colour is preferred but not required)
- CSA-approved safety eyewear
- Leather gloves (for handling refrigerant)
- Pocket-sized notepad, pencil, pen, felt pen
- Clean rags
Tools for the program are provided by the College. Students who wish to purchase their own tools are encouraged to consult with their instructor who can provide a basic guide to the minimum tools that will be needed for employment within the refrigeration trade.
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math admission requirement within the last seven years, and/or do not meet the English admission requirement, must write the TEA Math and/or English test. Both of the assessments are online, multiple-choice and timed. Applicants are allotted 1 hour to complete each section (2 hours for both). A practice assessment and study resources are offered to all applicants who register to write the TEA. Calculators are not allowed while completing the Math section; applicants who are observed to use a calculator of any sort, will receive a grade of zero. Applicants who do not achieve the minimum passing requirement on their initial attempt, are offered a second attempt, at no additional cost, after a two-week study period.
Please ensure you write the assessment, and any required re-writes, prior to the deadline for admissions requirements, provided by the Registrar’s office. For more information or to register for the Trades Entrance Assessment, click here. Further questions can be directed to the Trades and Apprenticeship office at email@example.com.
Please note: Applicants who successfully completed the ABLE test at Okanagan College, within the two years prior to application for admission shall have their results accepted as equivalent to the Trades Entrance Assessment.
B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for a minimum of one year as of the first day of classes.
- English 10 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
A minimum of 50% in any of:
- Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
- Workplace Mathematics 10
- Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus Grade 10
- Mathematics 10
- Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072
The Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test scores are only good for two (2) years.
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.
An overall average of 70% calculated on a weighted percentage, based on time allocation.
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