Heating & Air Conditioning Technology

In the Heating and Air Conditioning Technology (HACT) program, students will learn the latest HACT theory and applications, enabling the student to gain practical knowledge as applied to residential, industrial, and commercial HACT. The curriculum is based upon the Contren Learning Series developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), which is a standardized, nationally-certified competency-based curriculum, built upon industry standards. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment as residential, commercial, and industrial heating and air conditioning maintenance and repair technicians.

Related entry-level positions include employment as a service technician or installer for air conditioning, refrigeration, forced air oil and gas furnaces, and hydronic systems. The student will have precise knowledge of HACT fundamentals in both the theory and fabrication of HACT systems. Students who qualify will receive National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification, EPA 608 universal and R410A Certifications, and the 10-hour OSHA training card. Upon successful program completion, the student is awarded a diploma.

General areas of training**:

  • HACT Introductory Core Curriculum: Construction Safety, Math, Drawings, Rigging, Materials Handling
  • HACT Level 1: Piping Practices, Soldering & Brazing, Cooling & Heating, Basic Electricity, Air Distribution Systems, Residential Systems
  • HACT Level 2: Commercial Systems, Chimneys & Vents, Leak Detection, Hydronic Systems, Basic Troubleshooting, Duct Systems, Heat Pumps
  • HACT Level 3: Advanced Troubleshooting, Refrigerants & Oils, Compressors, Retail Refrigeration, Metering Devices, Water Treatment, Commercial Hydronic Systems
  • HACT Level 4: Troubleshooting Lab, System Balancing, Air Quality, System Design, Commercial & Industrial Systems, Startup & Shutdown, Building Management Systems


*In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, program curriculum may change during the program year. Tuition and related program fees are also subject to change. Tuition does not include costs for books, tools, background checks, certification fees/or related program fees.
**In an effort to stay current with changes and trends in the industry, program curriculum may change during the program year.

Next Steps

  1. Call the adult education career counselor at (814) 266-6073 x233 or (814) 266-6073 x133 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to schedule a tour and/or make a registration interview appointment.
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Be prepared to bring the $100 registration fee with you to the registration interview.  This fee must be paid before your interview begins and is non-refundable.  Payment of this fee secures your seat in the class and will be deducted from your tuition once you begin your program.
  4. During the interview, which is conducted by the adult education career coach, school policies and procedures will be reviewed.  Additionally, any entrance requirements you must complete will be reviewed.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and/or the school.
  5. After your interview, you should begin the application process for financial aid (if applicable).
  6. Once all requirements are met, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the Supervisor of Adult Education.

Still have questions?  Please submit them below or call 814-266-6073 x233 or 1-888-434-4436

You will be considered registered after you complete the registration interview and complete the necessary steps.