Undergraduate Certificate in Refrigeration and Heating Technology

This program is delivered only through Matanuska-Susitna College.

Admission Requirements


Students are urged to meet with a faculty advisor prior to enrolling in RH courses.

Certain courses require prerequisites or faculty permission. See an advisor for information on the recommended course sequence.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

Core Requirements
RH A103Technical Mathematics for Industrial Trades3
RH A105Electrical Circuits for Refrigeration and Heating I3
RH A109Principles of Thermodynamics3
RH A209Codes for HVAC/R2
RH A211Customer Relations and Job Etiquette1
Certificate Requirements
RH A101Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Fundamentals4
RH A122Refrigeration and Air Conditioning4
RH A126Electrical Circuits for Refrigeration and Heating II3
RH A132Troubleshooting for HVAC/R Systems3
RH A201Commercial and Ammonia Refrigeration4
RH A203HVAC/R Basic Controls3
RH A225Heating Fundamentals and Forced Air Heat4
RH A226Commercial HVAC/R Systems4
RH A228Advanced Hydronic Heat Systems4
RH A229HVAC/R Control Systems3
RH A232HVAC/R Sheet Metal3
Total Credits51

A total of 51 credits is required for the certificate.

Licensure and/or Certification

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Refrigeration and Heating Technology are eligible to sit for the Environmental Protection Agency Section 608 National Certification Exam and the North American Technical Excellence entry level certification exam. Graduates of the program are also eligible for an institutional recommendation for the Unlimited Refrigeration Mechanical Administrator License from the Alaska Department of Business and Professional Licensing Section.

Students planning to seek a professional license or certificate in a state other than Alaska are required to contact the UAA offering department before enrolling to determine if the program meets the licensing/certification requirements of the state in which they wish to practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a certificate in the Refrigeration and Heating Technology program will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental laws of physics related to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry.
  • Use mathematical skills required to succeed in HVAC/R trades.
  • Understand and describe the function of individual components that make up HVAC/R systems.
  • Work safely with tools, torches, electricity, refrigerants, heating fuels, and other equipment and materials associated with HVAC/R work.
  • Follow work practices that are environmentally responsible.
  • Obtain employment as an entry-level HVAC/R technician and be able to advance professionally.
  • Work effectively with customers, employers and co-workers.
  • Systematically troubleshoot HVAC/R systems.
  • Apply municipal, state and national mechanical codes to decisions involving the design, installation, operation and maintenance of HVAC/R systems.