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Program Overview

Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning, Occupational Certificate (O.C.)

FGC’s Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning Technology program prepares students for careers in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Changing markets and technology can cause occupational uncertainty in many fields, but the need for air conditioning and refrigeration is constant. Florida Gateway College can provide you with the tools to start down this reliable career path, stay current with industry trends, and succeed in the field. The program emphasizes a combination of air conditioning and refrigeration theory and practical application necessary for successful employment.

Review the guided degree pathway where you will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.


Florida Gateway College (Main Campus, building 19)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score a minimum of 576 for reading, 627 for math, and 584 for language by the end of the program. Students can also demonstrate competence in reading, math, and language by passing the appropriate reading, language, and math courses. Students who meet the exemption criteria as set forth in State Board Rule 6A-10.0315 are not required to provide test scores.


Daytime Class: Monday –Thursday, 11:00AM to 3:30PM
Evening Class: Monday – Thursday 5:00PM to 9:30PM


  • Tuition: $4,649.40
  • Lab Fees: $545
  • Books: $345
  • NCCER Registration (per year): $25
  • Level Three Federal EPA Test: $50
  • Recommended studnet tools for HVAC $3,200
  • Total: $8,814.40


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Careers at a Glance

Starting Salaries

Starting salaries typically vary from $14 to $20 per hour. The typical hourly wage of professionals is $23.43 hourly and $48,730 annually.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of this program will have opportunities in HVAC, Refrigeration, and Maintenance Technician positions in various residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

Employers of FGC Graduates

  • Glenn I. Jones Home Services
  • U.S. Cold Storage
  • Rehabilitation Centers of Lake City
  • University of Florida Facilities
  • Ray’s Metal Fabrication
  • AirFlow Pros

Program Details

Admission Requirements
  • Be at least 16 years old and either a high school graduate or have a GED certificate, or be a non-high-school graduate who has been out of high school at least six months.
  • Take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) and score a minimum of 9.0 for reading, 10.0 for math and 9.0 for language by the end of the program