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Program Overview

The Bridging Communities Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) program is recommended for students interested in a career in the HVACR industry. This two-year program provides students with the opportunity to earn six high school credits and 19 college credits from Rappahannock Community College. Examples of topics studied include installation and repair of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems, electronics, and duct systems. Students participate in SkillsUSA competition and will have the opportunity to earn industry credentials. Students completing this program will take the OSHA 10 certification test, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sect. 608 certification test and other industry certification tests.

HVACR technicians may expect to earn an annual salary of $42,000.00 to $67,000.00, depending on experience and skill.

Year 1 of HVACR - 11th Grade

The junior year program introduces students to a variety of heating and air conditioning topics, duct systems, electrical systems and basic mechanics through simulation and modeling. Students will take the EPA and OSHA 10 tests. Students will earn three high school credits and 7 college credits upon successful completion.

High School Course: 

    8503 - HVACR I

College Courses: 

  • AIR 121 - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I
  • AIR 111 - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Controls I


    Enroll in Rappahannock Community College                                                                                         Complete English & Math VPT placement tests

VCCS Requirements: 

    Place into ENF 1 on the English Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
    Pass units 1 of the Math (VPT)

Year 2 of HVACR - 12th Grade

The senior year program prepares students to install, repair, trouble shoot, and maintain heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems using simulation and functioning units. Students will also participate in SkillsUSA competition and have the opportunity to take additional industry certification tests. Upon successful students will earn three high school credits, 12 college credits completion and a career study certificate through Rappahannock Community College. 

High School Course: 

    8504 - HVACR II

College Courses: 

  • AIR 134 - Circuits and Controls I
  • AIR 135 - Circuits and Controls II
  • AIR 235 - Heat Pumps


    Successful completion of HVACR I