The HVACR program will be discontinued for the 2018-19 school year

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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, and a career studies certificate 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) Section 608 certification test and the NOCTI HVACR certification test.

Annual salaries for HVACR occupations range from $32,000.00 to $68,000.00 and the employment growth rate (between 2014 & 20124) is projected to be 14%.

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. EPA and OSHA regulations and certifications will be emphasized. 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

Prerequisite: 

    Complete English & Math VCCS placement tests  

    Enroll in Rappahannock Community College     

    Students must also have successfully passed or be currently enrolled in Geometry

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 earn three high school credits, 12 college credits, and a Career Studies Certificate from Rappahannock Community College upon successful completion. Student may also pursue an Advanced Certificate at RCC following high school graduation. 


High School Course: 

    8504 - HVACR II

College Courses: 

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

Prerequisite: 

    Successful completion of HVACR I with a grade of "C" or higher and must pass required EPA Sect. 608 Industry credential tests