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Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation, Certificate

Invest in yourself! This foundation program can prepare you for entry into an apprenticeship, where you will gain paid industry experience, while you learn.

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

Study options

Full-time

Work experience

Clinical/fieldwork placement

Open to International

No

Length

Full-time 30 weeks.

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Centre for Trades Education

The future, today

Start dates vary

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.

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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.

Hands-on Learning

In the Refrigeration Foundation program, you'll develop the 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.

Students will apply and extend their academic knowledge and practical skills during a one-week supervised field practice in an industry setting where they will interact and build relationships with prospective employers and other tradespeople.

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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.

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

What to expect

Located at our Interurban campus, this full-time program is 30 weeks long. Classes are scheduled for five days a week, six hours each day. Your typical day includes theory and lectures in the classroom, with the majority of your time in the shop getting hands-on training. There is an online component for all courses offered within the program.

You'll have the opportunity to work on building mock-ups and operating tools and equipment in real-life situations. By learning how the refrigeration and air conditioning systems operate before you start on installations or repairs, you’ll become a versatile and highly competent trades person.

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation program provides instruction in the theory and practices required to obtain credit for Level 1 apprenticeship in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic trade. The program comprises the the following core levels:

  1. Trades Common Core
  2. Piping Common Core
  3. Refrigeration Specialty Core

Tuition and fees

Estimated tuition fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation, Certificate

$3,302* (domestic)

 

*Figure is approximate. Tuition estimate is for the entire program. Tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Start dates and application deadlines

Start dates vary.

Foundation program schedules

Admission Requirements

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

  • C in English 11 *
  • C in ENGL 058 *

And one of:

  • C in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11 **
  • COM in MATH 038 **

* If you don’t have one of the preferred English requirements, see Admission Requirement Course Alternatives for additional Camosun English alternatives.

** If you don’t have one of the preferred Math requirements, the college will accept a “C” or higher in Foundations of Math 11 or Pre-Calculus 11. See Admission Requirement Course Alternatives for additional Camosun Math alternatives.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

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Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.

If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your Trades classes contact VauxD@camosun.ca.

Faculty/staff profile

Darren Vaux

Darren Vaux

Chair, Program Leader, Plumbing and Pipe Trades,

Originally from the Cowichan Valley, Darren relocated to Victoria after learning his trade in the high-rise construction market in Vancouver during th ...

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 Robert Archer

Robert Archer

Instructor, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Rob served three apprenticeships in Ontario; Refrigeration Air Conditioning Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker, and Electrician. Not only did he earn his Re ...

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Scott Armour

Scott Armour

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

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Andrea Durdle

Andrea Durdle

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

After several years working in the restaurant industry Andrea decided that it was time for a career change, she enrolled in the Pipe Trade Foundations ...

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John Gordon

John Gordon

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

  John is a graduate of Camosun's Plumbing program, and has over 25 years of experience in the industry. After working as a Plumber and Gasfit ...

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Faculty/staff profile

 Rod Lidstone

Rod Lidstone

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Rod was inspired to enter the Pipes trade because his father was a heavy duty mechanic who then pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures. His fathe ...

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Landon Martin

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

A graduate of the Camosun Interurban Pipe Trades Foundations course.  National Champion UA Apprenticeship plumbing competition and Western r ...

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Faculty/staff profile

 Derek Meadows

Derek Meadows

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Born and raised in Victoria, I completed my Plumbing Apprenticeship here at Camosun College in 2000 where I received my Red Seal Plumbing Ticket and a ...

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Faculty/staff profile

 Dennis Morris

Dennis Morris

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

  After graduation from Mt Douglas High School in 1987, Dennis started working as an asbestos remover. He quickly decided that this was not a ...

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 Al Paterson

Al Paterson

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

  Al began his apprenticeship in Ontario in 1986 and graduated from George Brown College in 1991. Relocating to BC in 1992 Al worked in the Co ...

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Ron Perkin

Ron Perkin

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Ron started his career in the pipe trades as a Sprinkler Fitting apprentice, he became a Red seal Sprinkler Fitter graduating at the top of his class ...

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Faculty/staff profile

 Josh Stull

Josh Stull

Instructor, Plumbing and Pipe Trades

Red Seal Endorsed Plumber and Steamfitter; completed trades training here at Camosun; worked in the local residential and commercial plumbing trade, a ...

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Specialty programs

Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people. 

Contact information

Darren Vaux l Acting Department Chair

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
John Drysdale Building 129E
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

Location link

Interurban Campus

250–370–3754

vauxd@camosun.ca