Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology

The Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration Technology program is a sequence of courses that prepare you for a career in the air conditioning industry. Virtually, every home and business depend upon some form of essential heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. They provide plenty of work for skilled technicians. You have the option of pursuing either a degree or diploma in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration fields. The program emphasizes a combination of Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration theory, and practical application necessary for successful employment. GTCC's Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology program is well respected in the industry and is the first program in North Carolina accredited by HVAC Excellence. This ensures that graduates receive a high-quality education that will be valued by future employers.

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Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

About Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need. It is recommended that new students contact an ACHR faculty member listed in the next FAQ.

Jeff Underwood - Program Director
336-334-4822 Ext. 53046

Chris Sizemore –Instructor
336-334-4822 Ext. 53051

Financial aid is available if you qualify.  Please contact the college's Financial Aid Office for more details. 

No, your instructor will have a tool list for each class. You may use your own tools if you already have them, but tools are required for most AHR classes. You are responsible for having your tools and for your own transportation to and from any job site projects.

Pre-requisites are courses that must be completed before taking another course. Please contact the program faculty coach with any questions about pre-requisites listed in course descriptions.

Co-requisites may be taken at the same time or before another course. Please contact the program faculty coach with any questions about co-requisites listed in course descriptions.

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third-party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to ensure that you, our future workforce, receive the quality of training required to provide you the skills necessary for your success in the HVACR industry.

At GTCC, we value our students’ success. We offer scholarships from our generous donors who want to see our students succeed. There are industry scholarship opportunities available online.

Scholarship opportunities 

Many students work part- or full-time while in school. You may need to take a smaller course load each semester which may extend the time it takes to complete.