Air Conditioning Certification in Georgia with Program Overviews

Nov 20, 2018

Research air conditioning programs in Georgia, which currently has about 25 schools offering programs. Read overviews of the programs and get some quick facts for two Georgia schools to decide which program is right for you.

Georgia Air Conditioning Certification Programs

Offered mainly through technical schools, several Georgia schools offer programs in air conditioning repair or technology. These programs prepare students to take certification exams required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and can qualify them for entry-level positions working with heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) systems. Learn about the program levels, length of programs, curricula and hands-on learning options at two Georgia schools. The table near the end of this article also provides additional school facts.

  • Chattahoochee Technical College is located northwest of Atlanta, in Marietta. This school offers certificates for air conditioning electrical technicians and technician assistants, in addition to a diploma in air conditioning technology.
  • Gwinnett Technical College is situated northeast of Atlanta in Lawrenceville. It offers three certificate programs, as well as a diploma related to air conditioning technology.

Comparison of Schools

Although many similarities may be found in the programs outlined above, individuals might discover significant differences between schools. Check out the data in the table below to learn about the enrollment numbers, tuition charges and graduation rates to assist your decision making.

Chattahoochee Technical College Gwinnett Technical College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 10,201 8,321
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $2,782 (in-state)
$4,918 (out-of-state)
$2,868 (in-state)
$5,004 (out-of-state)
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 85% 79%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* 100% (open admissions) 100% (open admissions)
Retention Rate (2017)* 53% 61%
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students Beginning in 2014)* 26% 36%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Chattahoochee Technical College

Chattahoochee Technical College (CTC) is Georgia's largest technical college, with seven campuses and an annual enrollment of over 10,000 students. CTC offers air conditioning technology programs at the college's Marietta campus north of Atlanta.

Air Conditioning Electrical Technician Certificate

This 12-hour certificate program teaches students about electrical motors and components as well as electrical control systems and installation. Students learn about electricity as it relates to installing, maintaining and servicing electrical systems in the air conditioning industry.

Air Conditioning Repair Specialist Certificate

This certificate program is made up of five courses. Student's look at gas heating, heat pumps, and other HVACR electrical and refrigeration systems.

Air Conditioning Sys Maintenance Technician Certificate

This program is a 12-credit, 3-course certificate. Students study safety procedures when dealing with system maintenances as well as how to handle refrigeration elements. The program also includes a course in electronics.

Air Conditioning Technician Assistant Certificate

Students complete 12 hours of coursework in refrigeration practices and system components. This program combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience working with refrigerants.

Residential Air Conditioning Technician Certificate

Students in the Residential Air Conditioning Technician certificate learn to install and service residential HVACR systems. This program is made up of four courses that look at refrigeration systems and methods for troubleshooting these systems.

Air Conditioning Technology Diploma

The most comprehensive air conditioning technology program offered at Chattahoochee Technical College, the diploma requires a total of 52 credit hours. The curriculum delves into refrigeration, air conditioning and electrical components. Students also take English, psychology and math classes. Topics of study include refrigeration recycling and recovery, air conditioning system installation, gas heating system requirements, industrial safety procedures, microcomputers and electrical theories.

Gwinnett Technical College

Gwinnett Technical College provides workforce training and career advancement opportunities to its population of more than 8,000 students. In addition to workshops and seminars, GTC offers over 140 associate's degree, certificate and diploma programs, including certificate programs in the air conditioning field.

Air Conditioning Electrical Technician Certificate

The curriculum is focused on the installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical parts used in air conditioning systems. The 12-credit program examines electrical fundamentals, motors, control systems, installation and components. Participants must be accepted into the air conditioning technology diploma program before they can enroll in this certificate program.

Air Conditioning System Maintenance Technician Certificate

This certificate program addresses electrical and refrigeration fundamentals, industrial safety procedures and refrigeration principles. Students investigate the mechanical and electrical components of air conditioning systems. Acceptance into the air conditioning technology diploma program is a requirement for individuals wishing to take this 1-semester program.

Refrigeration System Service Technician Certificate

This program prepares students for entry-level positions as refrigeration technologists. The 20-credit program covers the electrical and mechanical aspects of air conditioning systems. Topics of study include HVACR motors and electrical components, refrigeration practices and refrigeration system components.

Photovoltaic Systems Installation & Repair Technician Certificate

With an ever-increasing demand for more clean energy, students can take this certificate program with the intent of learning about alternative energy. This program is 15 credits long and requires students to study alternating currents, industrial safety, direct currents, and electrical schematics on top of the photovoltaic systems course.

Air Conditioning Technology Diploma

This program offers students a sequence of courses that prepare students to pass EPA-approved certification exams and find work in the air conditioning industry. The curriculum includes general core courses, technical courses and hands-on practical learning. Learners examine refrigeration system components, HVACR electrical motors and fundamentals, heat pumps and gas systems. They also develop the skill to install and troubleshoot air conditioning systems.

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