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Certificate - Automotive HVAC Essentials

The Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate program at Penn Foster Career School is designed to help students understand auto heating and A/C systems and build skills needed to repair these systems for various types of automobiles. Read on for more details about this online program.

Official Program Name:

Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

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Program Description:

In the self-paced Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate program offered by Penn Foster Career School, students have the opportunity to review basic principles and functions of auto HVAC systems. In the required course, studies include overviews of the workings of auto heating, ventilation, and A/C systems; components of an A/C system; and diagnosing and servicing various issues with these systems. The course focuses on systems for automobiles and light trucks. Studies help to prepare students for the A7 Heating & Air Conditioning certification exam administered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School:

The required textbook Automotive Technology: Principles, Diagnosis, and Service is supplied to all students of the Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate program. An online library, career guidance, access to student services via e-mail, phone, and message board, and an online community are also offered.

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Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition with 0% interest and affordable monthly payments, so students graduate without debt.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for an Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Automotive HVAC Essentials Courses

  • Starting Your Program
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Penn Foster Career School's Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate program could begin applying their newfound skills in a repair shop or garage, or they might pursue further education in an associate's degree program. Those graduates who wish to further expand their knowledge could choose to enroll in programs that could program. This type of program could provide deeper studies into HVAC as well as other systems, such as fuel, steering, electronics, and braking. Some program options include:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology
  • Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Service Technician
  • Associate of Applied Science in Auto Body Repair

Career Paths:

Once they have completed the Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate program, graduates could seek employment opportunities in privately owned garages, repair shops, car dealerships, departments of transportation, or auto supply stores. They might be responsible for troubleshooting and repairing HVAC systems, replacing parts, or performing scheduled maintenance. Current mechanics might use this program to enhance their knowledge and expand their capabilities in servicing auto HVAC systems.

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