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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013

Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning - Certificate

The Instructional Program

The one-year certificate in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning is for individuals who, after their first-year of courses in an associate degree program, decide they can only spend one year in college.  If a student completes the certificate program and then decides to continue on for a related associate degree, the courses taken for the certificate will transfer with no loss of credit.  Students are also trained for and given the opportunity to take the C.F.C. certification exam required by the E.P.A. for refrigerant handling and reclaiming.

To obtain this certificate, students must first apply to and be accepted into an appropriate associate degree program, by advisement from the Admissions Office at SUNY Delhi.

Career Options

Job opportunities available for students who earn the certificate in refrigeration and air-conditioning are:

There are career opportunities with refrigeration and air-conditioning distributors, HVAC contractors, HVAC maintenance firms, and commercial building maintenance. Students who continue on for the associate degree increase their options for employment in the field of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must apply and be accepted into an appropriate associate degree program by advisement from the Admissions Office at SUNY Delhi.



Technical Standards:  In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 33

Major Courses Required - 25 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
PEDH 220 First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 2
RFAC 110 Fundamentals of Refrigeration 3
RFAC 120 Fundamentals of Refrigeration Laboratory 4
RFAC 130 HVAC Electrical 3
RFAC 140 Commercial Refrigeration Principles 3
RFAC 150 Air-Conditioning Troubleshooting 3
RFAC 160 Air-Conditioning Principles 3
RFAC 170 Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Systems Operation Laboratory 4

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 3 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
MATH ___ Mathematics* 3

Restricted Electives by Advisement - 5 credit hours

*Note:Mathematics is by placement according to competency.  MATH 102 Mathematics for Applied Technology is the minimum exit-level requirement for this program.


Student Learning Outcomes

A student who earns the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Certificate should be able to:

  1. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.
  2. Understand and discuss fundamental refrigeration principles, including: trade tools, gas laws, pressure/temperature relationship, heat transfer, refrigerants, compression cycle, compressors, condensers, evaporators, metering devices, refrigeration oils, desiccants and driers, evacuation, and safe handling of refrigerants.
  3. Demonstrate a hands-on knowledge of the refrigeration system, including skills in servicing, analyzing, problem solving, and pertinent safety practices.
  4. Understand the basic electricity knowledge necessary to HVAC mechanics.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the equipment and specific topics associated with commercial refrigeration systems.

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Last Updated: 3/20/13