Air Conditioning Technology (Diploma)

Program Description

The Air Conditioning Technology diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) industry. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of air conditioning theory and practical applications necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive an Air Conditioning Technology diploma and have the qualifications of an air conditioning technician.

Program Details

  • Major Code: ACT2
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 3 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 51

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Additional Costs

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks:

Item Cost
Tools $500 and up
Equipment/supplies $70 and up

Other required expenses for industry exams:

Item Cost
EPA 608 certification (Must be achieved before or during AIRC 1060) $25
HVAC Excellence competency/work ready/exit exam (AIRC 1030) in HVACR Electrical $15
HVAC Excellence competency/work ready/exit exam (AIRC 1090) in HVACR Electrical $15


The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Term Course Title Credits
First Term
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
AIRC 1005 Refrigeration Fundamentals 4
AIRC 1010 Refrigeration Principles and Practices 4
AIRC 1020 Refrigeration Systems Components 4
Second Term
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
Elective Choose One:  (Required) 3
Elective option 1:-COLL 1500 Student Success
OR Elective option 2:-COMP 1000 Introduction to Computer Literacy
AIRC 1030 HVACR Electrical Fundamentals 4
AIRC 1040 HVACR Electrical Motors 4
AIRC 1050 HVACR Electrical Components and Controls 4
Third Term
EMPL 1000 Interpersonal Relations and Prof. Development 2
AIRC 1060 Air Conditioning Systems Application and Installation 4
AIRC 1070 Gas Heat 4
AIRC 1080 Heat Pumps and Related Systems 4
AIRC 1090 Troubleshooting Air Conditioning Systems 4
Air Conditioning Technology

Program Advisors

Daniel Merritt
Air Conditioning Technology
Program Coordinator/Instructor
(770) 467-6052
Griffin Campus
Office: Building 200, Hall 500, Office 500