HVAC/R Maintenance Certificate

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The HVAC/R Maintenance Certificate program of study provides the basic skills necessary to gain meaningful employment as an entry-level Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) apprentice or assistant. The certificate program is designed to train students to assist in becoming HVAC technicians. Students will learn to troubleshoot and service HVAC/R systems. The certificate does not qualify graduates for the State of Iowa's specialty license. 

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the HVAC/R Technology diploma.

Job Outlook

1,492 Jobs (2020)

+11.6% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

An HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems in both residential homes and commercial buildings. HVAC is an abbreviation for “heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

Someone who works in this occupation might specialize in the installation, or in maintenance and repair. Some technicians concentrate on only one type of system, either heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration, while others offer a broader range of services.


  • Entry: $19.54
  • Average: $24.98
  • Experienced: $40.30

Career Examples

  • HVAC Refrigeration Technicians
  • HVAC Service Technicians
  • Maintenance Technicians
  • HVAC Controls Technicians
  • HVAC Mechanics
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Maintenance Workers
  • Production Technicians

First Semester

HCR 121 - Forced Air Heating Systems 2.0 Credit(s)
IND 109 - Equipment Safety and Operation 3.0 Credit(s)
HCR 201 - Applied Practices I: Repair and Service 4.0 Credit(s)
HCR 188 - Electricity for HVAC/R 4.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 16.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 16.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Execute mathematical processes and use of formulas necessary for design, evaluation, and installation of HVACR systems.
  • Explain composition and usage of HVACR materials, equipment, and tools required for installation and diagnostic tasks.
  • Apply safety procedures and regulations related to workplace and job requirements.

Program Disclaimers

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