HVACR Technician Career Prep

430 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

HVACR Technicians are one of the most in demand jobs in the current job market, and the job opportunities are expected to continue growing over the next ten years.  HVAC Technicians install, inspect, repair and maintain heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems for residential and commercial settings.  This course will provide the skills needed to obtain an entry-level position in the HVACR industry.  It can also be used to upgrade your skill set if you are already employed as an HVACR technician.  This course will provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of HVACR, with the goal of preparing students to be able to install and maintain HVACR systems.  Students will learn through a combination of theoretical and practical applications so that they have a solid understanding of how HVACR systems work prior to entering the workforce.   Students will be prepared to obtain entry-level HVACR positions.  Students will also meet the basic requirements to sit for the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) national certification exam to become a Certified HVAC/R Technician, as well as begin working toward advanced level certifications.

Students will:

  • Describe the responsibilities of an HVACR Technician and identify the different areas of concentration.
  • Identify the scientific components involved in HVACR system development, operation, and maintenance.
  • Identify the various refrigeration systems and components.
  • Explain the practices involved in refrigeration system installation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Identify the electrical systems and components.
  • Identify air conditioning systems and describe the process for installing, maintaining, and repairing them.
  • Identify the various types of heating systems and describe how to install, maintain, and repair them.
  • Identify heat pump systems and explain the process of installing, maintaining, and repairing them.
  • Identify the components of HVACR system design, sizing, sizing, and layout and describe the process involved.
  • Describe commercial environmental systems and identify how to install, maintain and repair them.
  • Describe commercial refrigeration systems and identify how to install, maintain, and repair them.
  • Describe the installation, maintenance, service, and troubleshooting processes.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

This course prepares the student to take the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certified HVAC/R Technician certification exam.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Fundamentals

In this lesson, you will learn about the fundamentals of HVACR.  In the first section, you will receive an overview of the HVAC/R field and the roles and responsibilities of an HVACR technician.  From there, you will learn about safety protocol and concerns.  Finally, you will learn the different tools and measurements that are used in HVACR repair and maintenance.  Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of HVACR and will be prepared to begin learning about the individual components of HVACR maintenance and repair.

Lesson 2: HVAC Science

In this lesson, you will learn about the science behind HVACR.  You will learn about properties of matter, types of energy, temperature measurement, thermodynamics, pressure and vacuum, and calibration of meters.  An understanding of these components is necessary when working with hearing and air conditioning systems.  Therefore, this lesson will provide a thorough overview of these components and will include activities and assignments that help students better understand the content.

Lesson 3: Refrigeration Systems and Components

In this lesson, students will learn about the different refrigeration systems and components.  In addition to the basic systems, students will learn about the refrigeration cycle, compressors, condensers, metering devices, and evaporators.  Students will also learn about the different properties of refrigerants and special refrigeration components. 

Lesson 4: Refrigeration Practices

In this lesson, students will learn about the different processes and procedures involved in refrigeration maintenance and repair.  In the first section, students will learn about refrigeration safety.  From there, students will learn about specific procedures involved in piping and tubing, soldering and brazing, leak testing, system piping, system evacuation, and system charging.  Finally, students will learn how to access sealed refrigeration systems, as well as manage refrigerants in accordance with the EPA.

Lesson 5: HVACR Electrical Systems and Components

In this lesson, students will learn about HVACR electrical systems and their components.  In the first section, students will learn about basic electricity and alternating current fundamentals.  Students will learn how to use electrical measuring and test instruments, as well as general electrical components.  In the final section of the lesson, students will learn how to develop and use electrical diagrams, as well as utilize control systems.

Lesson 6: Air Conditioning Systems

In this lesson, students will learn about air conditioning systems.  In the first section, students will learn about the fundamentals of psychometrics and airflow.  From there, students will learn about air filters, ventilation and dehumidification, residential air conditioning and residential split-system air-conditioning installations.  In the final section, students will learn about duct installation and troubleshooting processing for air conditioning systems. 

Lesson 7: Heating Systems

This lesson will cover the basics of heating systems.  First, students will learn about the principles of combustion and safety.  In the second section of the lesson, students will learn about gas furnaces, including controls, installation and troubleshooting procedures.  The final section of the lesson will cover oil furnace heating systems and residential oil heating installation, as well as space heaters and humidifiers.

Lesson 8: Heat Pump Systems

This lesson will cover heat pump systems.  Students will learn how to install, troubleshoot, and repair electrical heating systems and air source heating systems.  Students will also learn about geothermal heat pumps and heat pump installation.

Lesson 9: System Design, Sizing, and Layout

This lesson will provide a comprehensive overview of all aspects of system design, sizing, and layout.  In the first section, students will learn about basic building construction and green buildings and systems.  From there, students will learn about indoor air quality requirements and considerations, as well as residential load calculations and duct design.  In the final section of this lesson, students will learn how to test and balance air systems.

Lesson 10: Commercial Environmental Systems

This lesson will examine commercial environmental systems and the specific requirements for maintaining and repairing these systems.  Students will learn about all aspects of commercial systems, including fans and air-handling units, single-zone rooftop units, zoned systems, and the various types of control systems. 

Lesson 11: Commercial Refrigeration Systems

This lesson will provide a comprehensive overview of commercial refrigeration systems.  Students will learn how to maintain, troubleshot, and repair these systems.  Students will learn about the guidelines required for food preservation, and the basic layout and design of commercial refrigeration systems, including supermarket equipment and ice machines.

Lesson 12: Installation, Maintenance, Service, and Troubleshooting

This lesson will provide in-depth instructions for installing, maintaining, servicing, and troubleshooting HVACR systems.  Students will learn about the specific guidelines and procedures involved and will have the opportunity to practice these processes using simulations and case studies.

All necessary materials are included.

Certification(s):

This course prepares the student to take the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Certified HVAC/R Technician certification exam.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**