What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

HVAC/R Maintenance Certificate

Fall 2018

About the Program

Choosing a career as an HVAC technician presents you with an exciting professional path that promises job security and excellent earnings potential.  

The program provides the basic skills necessary to gain meaningful employment as an entry-level Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) technician. The certificate program is designed to train students to assist in becoming HVAC technicians. Students will learn to troubleshoot and service HVAC/R systems. 

Program to Include

  • Forced Air Heating Systems
    You’ll learn the application of energy sources and equipment as they apply to heating, ventilation, air humidification and filtration systems.
  • Intro to HVAC/R & Safety
    You’ll be introduced to OSHA safety standards and the various components, tools, characteristics and installation techniques of HVAC/R systems. Environmental controls in regards to temperature, moisture and air quality are examined. 
  • Applied Practices I: Repair & Service
    Get hands-on practice in servicing and repair of heating and cooling equipment. You’ll develop a basic understanding of servicing and repair practices as seen in the industry.
  • Electricity for HVAC/R
    You’ll learn basic electrical safety, electrical theory, circuit schematics and circuit characteristics/symbols as it applies to DC and AC circuits in the HVAC/R industry. Electric motor theories, as well as specific information on HVACR electrical component devices, are covered.
  • Technical Math
    Includes operations with real numbers, use of fractions, ratios, measurement conversion, algebraic equations, functions, geometry, and right angle trigonometry. Applications are designed to the program specific needs that students encounter in industrial settings. 

Career & Salary Information

You generally will have stable employment throughout the year, particularly because a growing number of manufacturers and contractors now provide or even require year-round service contracts. HVACR technicians work mostly in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories.

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers annual wage is *$44,676. They install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers annual wage is $44,676. They install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.

*Source EMSI.

HVAC technicians can advance from service technicians to installers, operation managers and distribution managers based on their hard work and commitment to their field.


$2600 (Textbooks not included.)

FREE Tuition Assistance Available!

This program is approved for FREE Education to Employment tuition assistance for eligible Iowa residents. Financial assistance may include training tuition, textbooks, tools, certification fees, required materials and other services. Email lwoods@iwcc.edu or call 712.256.7088 for more information!

Non-Credit to Credit

Graduates of this program are awarded a certificate. Enter the workforce, or students who wish to complete an advanced degree may continue on to complete:

  • ·HVAC/R Technology Diploma 

To Register

Contact Denise Norman at dnorman@iwcc.edu  or 712.325.3415.