Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: To prepare students for an entry-level career as an HVACR technician in the residential and light construction field.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Comprehend mathematical processes and use of formulas necessary for design, evaluation, and installation of HVACR systems
- Understand composition and usage of HVACR materials, equipment, and tools required for installation and diagnostic tasks
- Recognize safety procedures and established regulations related to workplace and job requirements
- Understand the refrigeration cycle, gas laws, and properties of refrigerants required for diagnostic and systems design
- Comprehend drawings, technical diagrams, and specification charts required for installation and repair of HVACR systems
- Understand theories and processes for evaluating and installing electrical systems and controls
- Comprehend procedures for installing, inspecting, testing, repairing, and maintaining HVACR systems
- Recognize procedures for following government regulations regarding the conservation, recovery, and recycling of refrigerants
- Know procedures for following government regulations regarding the conservation, recovery, and recycling of refrigerants
Instruction Set 1 (Delivered online only)
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Introduction to Comfort Control
In this course, you’ll learn about the uses, components, and
types of indoor comfort-control systems. You’ll also explore the
types of jobs and the pay scales for comfort-control employees.
Instruction Set 2
Math for the Trades
Reinforce what you already know about math, and apply your
math skills to solve real-world trades-related problems. You’ll
measure lengths and angles; work with fractions, and use
formulas to solve problems.
Nature of Electricity
In this course, you’ll learn the importance of electricity and
the fundamental concepts relating to electricity.
Instruction Set 3
Fundamentals of HVACR
This course will teach you the broad range of technical skills
necessary to work with heating, ventilation, air-conditioning,
and refrigeration systems. You’ll also develop the ability to
recognize and correctly employ the tools, equipment, and
common materials used by HVACR technicians.
Textbook: Fundamentals of HVAC/R
Learning Aid: Troubleshooting Guide for Compressors
Instruction Set 4
In this course, you’ll learn system operations and the
basic practices for maintenance and troubleshooting
of air-conditioning and refrigeration systems, and the
law for handling refrigerants.
Instruction Set 5
This course will provide you with an understanding
of electrical power and the operating characteristics of
equipment, circuits, motors, and control devices. You’ll
use schematics to determine the expected operation of
an electrical system, connect circuit components, evaluate
systems to identify problems, and determine a process
you can follow to solve the problems you identify.
Instruction Set 6
Residential and Light Commercial HVACR Systems
In this course, you’ll learn how air-conditioning and heating
systems are installed and serviced in residential and smaller
commercial applications, and receive practical tips and
Instruction Set 7
HVACR System Design and Installation
This course will teach you about building and duct design
and HVACR system placement. You’ll explore the skills
required to properly install an air distribution system,
and learn about commercial-scale hydronic heating systems
and the boilers that serve as their heat source, and identify
common problems with these systems.
Instruction Set 8
Commercial Refrigeration and HVACR Maintenance
Learn how to identify components used in commercial
refrigeration systems, and gain an understanding of the
three categories of “everyday tasks” you’ll encounter while
working in the field: installation, maintenance, and
Lithium Bromide Absorption Systems
In this course, you’ll learn what absorption refrigeration is
and how lithium bromide acts as the absorbent, and the
recommended operation and maintenance of a lithium
bromide absorption unit.
(Sent to you when all program requirements and financial obligations have been met.)
• EPA Certification Test Voucher and Registration
• EPA Air Conditioning Preparatory Manual
• Troubleshooting HVACR Equipment Reference Text