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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC)

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC)

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC)

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC)

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC)

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians provide you with the luxury of temperature comfort in your home, business or entertainment venue. Experts on furnaces, air conditioners, hot water systems and refrigeration systems, they provide you with everything you need: heat in the winter; cool air in the summer; hot water in your bubble bath; and fresh food on your plate.

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Program Description

The core curriculum of the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Techniques (HVAC) program is standardized and accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the industry’s regulatory body. As a student in this program you will focus on:

  • Fundamentals of heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Hot water systems and refrigeration principles
  • Industry standardized design practices for residential heating
  • Installation of gas piping for heating or hot water appliances

You will:

  • Be exposed to the computer-aided design used to develop HVAC systems including the basic need to assist with working on a wide range of furnaces, cooling systems and appliances
  • Develop skills in soldering, wiring and electric circuitry for HVAC and gas installation systems

As a graduate, you will be eligible to challenge TSSA for Gas Technician 3 and Oil Burner Technician 3 certification as the theoretical and practical skills required to obtain both entry-level certifications will be covered. Durham College arranges for the Gas Technician 3 and Oil Burner 3 challenge exams to be facilitated at our Whitby campus for a cost of approximately $125 each. Exams may not be rescheduled and are non-refundable. In the event that you miss an exam, you will be responsible for arranging your own testing schedule with TSSA. 

Please note:

  • Although the passing standard for Durham College is 50 per cent, the passing grade on the examination and practical skills demonstration for TSSA is 75 per cent. Failure to successfully complete the exam as noted above will result in a failing TSSA grade
  • Payment for the above exams must be made at CTS, Whitby campus by the deadline date provided to you in class. Receipts must be presented at time of examination and no exceptions will be allowed
  • You should check with TSSA for details regarding certification
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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U) - technical Mathematics (recommended)
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Career Options


  • Building operator
  • Custom sheet metal worker
  • Furnace/air conditioner installer
  • Gas fitter
  • HVAC apprentice
  • Installer
  • Refrigeration mechanic apprentice


  • Construction/engineering firms
  • Heating and cooling service companies
  • Home service companies
  • Mechanical contracting firms
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$350$350
Total Fees:$5,010$15,182

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s Gas Technician 2 certificate program.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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