Career Certificate (Clock Hour program)
The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program prepares students for a rewarding career in the all-encompassing HVAC/R industry. Instruction consists of academic as well as laboratory and hands-on training designed to prepare the student to meet numerous industry standards and for practical certifications. Upon successful completion, students will be qualified for a position as an entry-level air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating technology technician. The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program provides optimal access to high quality, affordable, and relevant degree, career, and community education in a mechanical field that will enhance the lives of our students and the economic development of Northeast Florida.
Maintaining proper air quality and a comfortable temperature inside every office, industrial building, home, and school is a necessity. Ensuring food, medicine, and other perishables are safely refrigerated and controlled is also imperative. Those are just two of the reasons why the need for trained technicians who know how to install, repair, or service air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through this decade. Earning this certificate can be the starting point of a very satisfying career, which pays higher than average hourly wages.
A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all professional coursework.
Two embedded career certificates are available within this program: Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) I (5776) (C.C.) and Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) II (5777) (C.C.) . Students may pursue the career certificate and earn embedded certificates while completing the requirements for the program, or pursue one or more embedded certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor to determine the career education path that is best for you.
Please note that by being enrolled in this certificate program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned embedded career certificates. If you meet the requirement for an embedded career certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this certificate program, you may automatically be awarded the embedded career certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a career certificate please contact and advisor to do so.
In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to network with major contractors while you’re still in school. We also refer you for internships and job interviews. Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Building Construction program has a long-standing relationship with this region’s major industry organizations, such as Woods Engineering, ShayCore Enterprises, Superior Construction, Stellar Group, Dickey Smith & Company, Miatt Construction, Accubuild Construction, Haskell, Gilbane, Barton and Malow, and Auld & White.
Members of the Northeast Florida Builders Association serve on our Construction Management Advisory Council and on advisory committees for all trades, as well as provide internships and fund annual scholarships. The advisory committees provide leadership, support, and guidance for the program and support such educational activities as constructing residential projects from design to move in.
The Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) is a major criterion in a student’s completion of the program. In order to earn the Career Certificate, students must achieve or surpass the designated exit score(s) on the TABE or qualify for a TABE waiver. Visit fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate for program exit scores or bit.ly/TABEwaiver for the TABE waiver form. Students with prior coursework, test scores or licensing may qualify for a TABE waiver and can visit or contact any College Assessment and Certification Center to have the waiver processed and added to their individual student record. College Assessment and Certification locations and information can be found at fscj.edu/assessment. For students who do not meet the required TABE scores and need assistance in order to meet the exit requirement(s), the College offers remediation through the Applied Academics for Adult Education (8525) (N.C.) program. Remediation consists of tutoring, referral to online resources and/or completion of the following coursework in Reading, Mathematics and Language:
Students interested in this program should be advised by the instructor or Program Manager before enrolling in coursework.
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Career Education, (904) 633-8295 or email@example.com.