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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration


Why Complete HVAC Training at Palm Beach State?

  • Faster than average employment growth.
  • Skills Learned in program:

- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

- Installation and Maintenance

- Control Circuitry

  • Employers prefer applicants with excellent technical training.
  • Prepare for the EPA HVAC certification exam. Technicians who purchase or work with refrigerants must pass this written exam.
  • A basic knowledge of electronics is becoming increasingly important because of its use in control equipment.

Palm Beach State College awards students who complete the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program a Career Certificate Program Training Certificate and HVAC Excellence Employment Ready Accreditation.

This Career Certificate program’s course content includes broad, transferable skills, and stresses the understanding of all aspects of the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. The curriculum emphasizes operational functions of the HVAC industry such as management, finance, technical and production skills. The underlying principles of technology, labor issues, health, safety and environmental issues are also covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What do I have to do to enroll in the HVAC program?

  • Apply at
  • There is a one-time $40.00 application fee
  • If you require financial aid, submit a FAFSA via
  • Submit all high school and college transcripts
  • Attend an information session.  They are held at least three times a semester.
  • Speak to the Trade and Industry advisor to be admitted
  • Take the TABE exam or prove you have an exemption
  • Sign up for classes

2. How do I prove I have an exemption from the TABE exam?

  • ACT/SAT/PERT/CPT scores- college level
  • College level English/Math
  • Florida Public/Charter High School Grad after 2007
  • AAS degree or higher from regionally accredited college
  • Industry certification- to be determined by advisor or program director.

3. What is the schedule for the HVAC program?

HVAC classes begin every August and January and they fill quickly! The program is offered during the day. Students are in class Monday through Friday from 7:30am-3pm. You can finish the certificate in 12-13 months.

4. Are uniforms required?

Yes, uniform shirts are required and you will have the opportunity to purchase them during the first two weeks of class. You will also have to purchase safety glasses and closed-toe shoes for lab activities.

5. Is there an evening program?

There is an evening cohort that begins every 18 months. We are currently taking names of students who are interested in enrolling in the evening HVAC program. Please send an email to Lynnmarie Highsmith with your name and phone number. Closer to the start of a new cohort, we will contact you with instructions on how to enroll.

6. What classes do I need to take in order to complete the HVACR Program?

Classes are taken in the order below and cannot be taken out of order due to skills learned in each of them.

Classes to take to complete the HVACR program

ACR 0501

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Helper 1

ACR 0549

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Helper 2

ACR 0530

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic Assistant 1

ACR 0706

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic Assistant 2

ACR 0307

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 1

ACR 0622

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 2

ACR 0430

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 3

ACR 0816

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Mechanic 4

ACR 0710

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Technician 1

ACR 0066

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Technician 2

ACR 0961

Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Technician 3

Check Admissions Status

Your admission to a Trade and Industry program may be delayed for one or more of the following reasons:

  • You have not taken the TABE or provided proof of exemption.
  • You have not had an advising session with Career Certificate program advisor.
  • You have completed 50% of your program courses and have not satisfied the VPI co-requisite course requirements.

See a Career Certificate program advisor or Workforce Assessment advisor to complete your application process.

Additional Info

This program is eligible for Financial Aid.

Some students entering the program are required to take the TABE test. All are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration. For more info on the TABE, admissions procedures or program info please email advisor Mikayel Ishmael or call 561-868-3557.

This program is located at Palm Beach State at Lake Worth.

Air Conditioning Resources and Services

NOTE: Credit may be available for prior learning. Please contact the program director for more information.

Contact Information

Lynn Highsmith
Program Director 


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