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About the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Program

How to Get Started

To get started in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program, complete the admissions process at Cedar Valley College or Eastfield College. When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.


Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that is $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.​​

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

Our catalog provides detailed information about the courses we offer and the courses required for the following associate degrees and certificates.

Both Cedar Valley and Eastfield offer the following associate degree and certificates for college credit:

Each associate degree may be completed in two years if you are a full-time student but may take longer if you are also working.

Related Programs

We offer related Construction and Technical/Mechanical programs that might also interest you.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.​​

Developing Skills for Success

Our state-of-the-art labs contain electrical heaters, gas heaters and heat pumps, as well as air conditioners, with efficiency ratings ranging from the lowest to the highest for maximum experience. Major brand names include Ruud, Trane/American Standard, Carrier, Lennox and Coleman. We also include training in servicing solar- and thermal-powered heat pumps.

Cooperative work experience can help qualified students combine college credit with experience in their chosen field. All students earning an associate degree must take the Industry Competency Exam.

Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges are members of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, the largest air-conditioning organization in the U.S. This membership gives students access to contractors in the North Texas region and provides an opportunity for direct contact with successful businesses in our area.

Faculty Profiles

Our Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology instructors have not only relevant technical training but also real-world experience in the HVACR industry, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work.

Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career. See profiles of some of our Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology faculty.

Transfer Information

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program is designed for direct entry into the workforce. However, if you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The colleges of Dallas County Community College District — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — are individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The official statement of accreditation for each college is published on the college’s accreditation Web page.

Links to Additional Information

Get more information about the HVACR industry via these links to industry associations, related regulatory and licensing agencies and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.