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Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation

Certificate in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation

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The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Trades Foundation program focuses on first year competencies that are common to all of the piping trades. You'll work through common core and refrigeration & air conditioning specialty modules.


Commercial Refrigeration Trainer

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Foundation program is pleased to give students the opportunity to use this advanced unit.

Hands-on Learning

In the Refrigeration Foundation program, you'll develop skills and knowledge necessary for initial entry into the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning trade.

You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions, so come prepared to work in a number of different simulations and environments. Practical projects will usually be done on site either at the college or in co-operation with local industry.


Over 30 weeks you will follow a modular training system that begins by developing a wide variety of basic skills, and builds on these to develop specialized skills required by industry and related fields.

The Pipe Trades and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning shops are located in the Drysdale Building on the Interurban campus. Our two shops are over 12,000 sq. ft. (1,115 sq. metres) in size.

Next up: Apprenticeship

As a graduate of the program, you’ll be ready to start employment in the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning field.

Your training in the Foundation program will be consistent with provincial standards for Refrigeration & Air Conditioning core knowledge and credit for completing this program may be applied to a four-year apprenticeship program. As an apprentice you will continue to build on your skills and gain the practical experience necessary to become fully qualified.

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Competencies

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Apply Fundamentals of Refrigeration
  • Apply Electrical Concepts
  • Plan and Install Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems

For more details regarding the Industry Training Program, please review the ITA Accredited Program profiles for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic

Certificate in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation (Level 1 Apprenticeship)
30 weeks full-time or part-time 20 weeks online followed by 25 weeks self-directed
Study Options
Full-time or part-time
Work Experience
Eligible for an apprenticeship once employed
September, January, March (full-time)
Trades & Technology
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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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4461 Interurban Rd
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