Like ice cream on warm apple pie, the first blast of crisp air conditioning on hot skin is one of life’s simple pleasures. And didn’t you know? Setting up and maintaining heating and air systems is always in demand.

Looking for the path to a career that will always be cool? Texarkana College will get you there.

Air Conditioning / Heating and Refrigeration Technology One-Year Certificate

This program follows a structured schedule: Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM.

This program is designed to train students to meet employment requirements in the field of air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating. This will include the installation, repair and maintenance of air-conditioning/refrigeration Equipment. Included in this program is the study of residential and commercial air conditioners, heat pumps, gas and electric furnaces, and the design of air conditioning systems. Throughout the entire program and emphasis is place on current techniques used by service technicians. An emphasis is placed on graduate students being nationally and EPA certified.


First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
HART 1401
Basic Electricity for HVAC
4 LEAD 1100
Workforce Development with Critical Thinking
HART 1356
EPA Recovery Certification Preparation
3 HART 2338
Air Conditioning Installation & Startup
HART 1410
HVAC Shop Practices and Tools
4 HART 1341
Residential Air Conditioning
HART 1407
Refrigeration Principles
4 HART 1303
Air conditioning Control Principles
HART 2336
Air Conditioning Troubleshooting
Total 15   Total 13


Third Semester Hours      
HART 2450
HVAC Zone Controls
HART 1345
Gas & Electric Heating
HART 2349
Heat Pumps
HART 2431
Advanced Electricity for HVAC
HVAC Certificate Total Hours


Air Conditioning/Heating and Refrigeration Technology Course Descriptions

HART 1303 Air Conditioning Control Principles

A basic study of HVAC and refrigeration controls; troubleshooting of control components; emphasis on use of wiring diagrams to analyze high and low voltage circuits; a review of Ohm’s law as applied to air conditioning controls and circuits.

HART 1341 Residential Air Conditioning

A study of components, applications, and installation of mechanical air conditioning systems including operating conditions, troubleshooting, repair, and charging of air conditioning systems.

HART 1345 Gas & Electric Heating

Study of the procedures and principles used in servicing heating systems including gas fired furnaces and electric heating systems.

HART 1356 EPA Recovery Certification Prep

Certification training for HVAC refrigerant recovery, recycle, and reclaim. Instruction will provide a review of EPA guidelines for refrigerant recovery and recycling during the installation, service, and repair of all HVAC and refrigeration systems.

HART 1401 Basic Electricity for HVAC

Principles of electricity as required by HVAC, including proper use of test equipment, electrical circuits, and component theory and operation.

HART 1407 Refrigeration Principles

An introduction to the refrigeration cycle, heat transfer theory, temperature/pressure relationship, refrigerant handling, refrigeration components and safety.

HART 1410 HVAC Shop Practices and Tools

Tools and instruments used in the HVAC industry. Includes proper application, use and care of these tools, and tubing and piping practices.

HART 2336 Air Conditioning Troubleshooting

An advanced course in application of troubleshooting principles and use of test instruments to diagnose air conditioning and refrigeration components and system problems including conducting performance tests.

HART 2338 Air Conditioning Install & Startup

A study of air conditioning system installation, refrigerant piping, condensate disposal, and air cleaning equipment with emphasis on startup and performance testing.

HART 2349 Heat Pumps

A study of heat pumps, heat pump control circuits, defrost controls, auxiliary heat, air flow, and other topics related to heat pump systems.

HART 2431 Advanced Elec. for HVAC

Advanced electrical instruction and skill building in installation and servicing of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment including detailed instruction in motors and power distribution, motors, motor controls, and application of solid state devices.

HART 2450 HVAC Zone Controls

Theory and application of HVAC residential zone control devices, electromechanical controls, and/or pneumatic controls.

Gainful Employment

Have questions about this program, the costs involved and what job prospects may exist in the marketplace?  Check our Gainful Employment report.

To learn more, please contact us.

Matt Lipps
Program Coordinator
(903) 823-3233
Brandon Washington
Dean of Workforce & Continuing Education
(903) 823-3232

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