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Full Tech Program

HVACR Tech Launch Program
270 (or more) online instructional hours

NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program

270 (or more) online instructional hours

Refer to the Program Admissions and Enrollment Process after this section.

The NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program (NCT) is a comprehensive online HVAC education program encompassing a well-rounded set of skills used by installers and technicians who are seeking NATE Certification. It covers all the NATE Core areas with a rich selection of foundational courses, and then focuses on Air Conditioning specialty at the Service Level. The content presented in each course homes in on learning objectives that have been identified by HVAC industry groups (HVAC Excellence, AHRI, NATE, RSES, HARDI, PAHRA, and ACCA) as critical knowledge areas for an HVAC technician.

About NATE

North American Technician Excellence (NATE) is the nation’s largest and most recognized non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. NATE certification tests represent real-world working knowledge of HVACR systems. Developed by a committee of industry experts nationwide, all the NATE tests are rigorous, knowledge-based, multiple-choice tests designed to validate a technician’s knowledge. You can read more about NATE at:’s NCT Program is specifically structured to teach foundational skills to individuals who are new-to-the-industry and non-certified installers and technicians who want formal education to upskill their knowledge and prepare for licensing or certification exams.

What’s Included

  • The current edition of the Cengage Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology textbook is included in the tuition for this program and is shipped shortly after enrollment.
  • Four HVAC Industry Exam fees are included. Reimbursement for these fees is issued when a student submits proof of passing each exam and copy of each paid invoice or receipt.
  • Online Training - The online program is a Career Technical Education (CTE) model. Courses are entirely online with access 24/7/365. Class is always open. Student support is provided by our student services crew and faculty instructors through email, chat, our campus messaging system, and phone.

For the Employer (if the employer purchases the program for the technician)

  • Regular reports on student progress
  • Notification of less than satisfactory performance

For the Student

  • Registration into each course in the program sequence one at a time
  • Certificate of Completion upon successfully passing each course
  • Online Faculty- mentoring and technical topic assistance
  • Business hour communications with faculty and student services via email, chat, and phone

Training and Time Management

The online program model is called an Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN). Studying is done on each tech’s own schedule, on his time and at his place; but a commitment to regular study is essential to ensure completion of each course within its 60-day enrollment. Students can move through course material more quickly or take the full 60 days per course, as they choose.

What’s Covered in The Program:

Step 1:
101 HVAC Fundamentals (18 hours)
050 Applied Math Review (15 hours)
OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety (10 hours)
106 Building Systems Review (3 hours)
109 Basic Hand and Power Tools (6 hours)
NATE Ready to Work Exam @ 52 Hours
Step 2:
111 Electrical DC Theory Plus (18 hours)
112 Electrical AC Theory Plus (18 hours)
113 Electrical Common Components (18 hours)
114 Electrical Motors (21 hours)
121 System Properties & Measurement (18 hours)
141 Refrigeration I (18 hours)
NATE CORE Exam @ 163 Hours
Step 3:
142 Refrigeration II (18 hours)
241 Intro to Cooling System Troubleshooting (18 hours)
242 R-410A Refrigerant Technology (18 hours)
010 Employability Skills (9 hours)
NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Exam @ 226 Hours
Step 4:
EPA 608 Certification Prep (8 Hours)
EPA 608 Exam @ 234 Hours
Total Program Time: 234 Hours

The first group of courses includes OSHA 10 Hour Safety. Successfully completing this course provides you with your OSHA 10 hour safety card (included). After you successfully complete the first group of courses with a grade of 75% or more, you are ready to take your first NATE Ready-to-Work (RTW) Certificate Exam. This exam is optional. The RTW exam is not a proctored exam. Any tech can download the PDF study guide on their own and take it at home online. will cover the cost of your exam.

But this program doesn’t end there – we continue to train you for higher levels of NATE Certified HVAC Technician credentials. After you successfully complete the second group of courses, you are ready to take the NATE Core Exam at the service level. Again, will cover the cost of the NATE Exam one time.

Once you have passed the NATE Core Certification Exam, you will be ready for the third group of courses. When they are successfully completed, you will be prepared for the NATE Air Conditioning Specialty Service Level Exam, the focus of this program. will cover the cost of the exam fee one time.

And finally, the program concludes with EPA 608 Prep and exam. Again, will cover the exam fee, just as described above.

When you reach the end of the program you will receive a Certificate of Completion for the NATE Certified HVAC Technician Program. This is the program that pays you for upskilling your credentials. You can be proud of your Certificate and your NATE Certification!

Note: The 101 Fundamentals course for Program Students requires that students must pass each module exam with a score of 75% or higher before they can move on to the next module. Once this strong foundation is established in the 101 course, students can then move through the remainder of their program at their own pace, one course at a time.

Note: For complete individual course descriptions, go to the corresponding course number in our Catalog.