Full-time/Cooperative Education Diploma 2990ttdipl

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The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC and R) industry designs, builds, maintains and repairs essential indoor comfort and cooling systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Refrigeration equipment for supermarkets used for food processing and cold storage facilities and sports facilities such as hockey and curling rinks are also a vital part of the industry. As a result of the expanding markets for refrigeration and air conditioning and changing technology, a dramatic need exists for qualified personnel both at home and abroad. A refrigeration mechanic fabricates, installs, alters, repairs/services any system used for cooling and/or heating (i.e. heat pumps) in closed systems that contain a refrigerant or a brine and thermoelectric cooling. This includes piping, controls and electrical work. These workers also connect rooftop units to gas and test and balance systems.

The program

The HVAC and R Technician program provides a foundation in basic heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration system design, installation and service with an on-the-job experience component to support BCIT instruction. The course is two years in duration combining classroom and shop instruction with cooperative education experience in industry. The first year is devoted to direct refrigeration systems. The second year includes a broad range of topics focused on HVAC systems design, operation and controls. Emphasis will be placed on diagnosis, service requirements and procedures.

Program Entry

Application processing

This is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains. When available intakes are full, qualified applicants are wait-listed.

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements prior to applying to this program. If you are uncertain or don’t meet the requirements we strongly recommend you complete any applicable Trades Pre-entry Tests before applying.

Trades Discovery
The Trades Discovery General and Trades Discovery for Women are full-time programs designed to prepare participants to successfully enter and complete a Trades Training program.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Applicants should have a good command of oral and written English; sufficient physical strength and stamina to meet the demands of the work; good hearing; good eyesight; normal colour vision; manual dexterity and hand/eye coordination.

  • Applicants should have good theoretical and practical mathematical skills and mechanical aptitude.

  • Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disability Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the institute's rehabilitation specialist at 604-451-6963.

Apply to program

Note: This program does not accept applications from International students. View programs that do

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Online

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

April each year.

*Scheduled intakes are subject to change


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $420; Level 2: $452; Level 3: $246

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Students are required to supply their own coveralls. A supply of coveralls are available through the BCIT Bookstore. Please check the uniform authorization voucher [PDF] to determine the type of coveralls required for your program.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Class hours

0700–1400, Monday through Friday

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  HVAC 1095 Apply Effective Learning Techniques 0.5
  HVAC 1100 Apply Trade Safety Practices 2.0
  HVAC 1101 Process Technical Information 2.5
  HVAC 1103 Apply Trade Tools and Fasteners 4.0
  HVAC 1104 Apply Fundamentals of Refrigeration 8.5
  HVAC 1105 Proper Service Procedures 5.5
  HVAC 1106 Apply Electrical Fundamentals 5.5
  HVAC 1107 Interpret Electrical Diagrams 3.0
  HVAC 1108 Apply Electrical Test Equipment 2.0
  HVAC 1109 Install Electrical Devices 4.0
  HVAC 1111 Install Refrigeration Project 2.0
  HVAC 1112 Prepare for Employment 0.5
  HVAC 1990 Co-op 1 22.0
Level 2 Credits
  HVAC 2110 Design Refrigeration Systems 4.0
  HVAC 2111 Ammonia Systems/Water Treatment 3.0
  HVAC 2112 Describe Basic HVAC Systems 2.0
  HVAC 2113 Air Distribution Arrangement for HVAC 2.0
  HVAC 2114 Air Properties and Measurements 2.0
  HVAC 2115 Explain HVAC Control Loops 4.0
  HVAC 2116 Maintain Heat Pump Systems 4.0
  HVAC 2990 Co-op 2 22.0
Level 3 Credits
  HVAC 3100 Communicate HVAC Heat/Cool Load Calculations 3.0
  HVAC 3101 Service Gas Heating Systems 8.0
  HVAC 3102 Design HVAC Distribution Systems 3.0
  HVAC 3103 Maintain Computer Environmental Systems 4.0
  HVAC 3104 Explain Heat Recovery/Energy Management 2.0
Total Credits: 125.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

84 weeks, full-time

Term 1: 20 weeks school; 22 weeks co-op
Term 2: 10 weeks school; 22 weeks co-op
Term 3: 10 weeks


Course passing grade is 64 per cent. In order to successfully complete each level a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent is required. An overall GPA of 70 per cent is required to successfully complete the program.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Industry training authority

BCIT transfers the student's name, contact information, Personal Education Number (PEN), and the name and date of the completed ITA Foundation program to the Industry Training Authority (ITA). This information is used for the purposes of tracking successful completions in order to grant credit towards apprenticeship where applicable, and communicating with trainees to promote continuation in an apprenticeship program.

Co-operative education

This is a cooperative education program that combines academic terms with paid cooperative work terms. While co-op coordinators find the majority of job placements for students, it must be recognized that during certain periods of the business cycle, job placements may be difficult to find. It is then the responsibility of the student to work with the coordinator (and independently) to find meaningful work experience.

The cooperative education policy is included under Programming Policy 5004 which is listed in BCIT's institute policies under the Education heading.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Workplace Education located in Building NW5, Room 101 at the Burnaby campus.

Co-op coordinator: 604-451-7058
General inquiries: 604-432-8634

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program will produce competent entry-level tradespersons who are knowledgeable in all aspects of the HVAC and R industry. Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter and complete the existing Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program with employers such as commercial/industrial refrigeration contractors, air conditioning commercial contractors, HVAC and R controls, or they may find positions in building maintenance. Workers in this trade must be apprentices or journeypersons. Graduates of this program who enter the trade within one year of graduation can expect to receive credit for all four levels of technical training for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprenticeship.

Job opportunities in this field are broad and far reaching. The largest employer classifications are wholesaler and contracting firms. Other employers could be government agencies and large hotel and resort chains. Opportunities for employment come as a result of an expanding market, as well as a turnover of skilled technicians who may be retiring or moving up to supervisory positions.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty and staff

  • Glenn Walsh, Refrigeration TQ and IP, CD, Chief Instructor
  • Mark Buller, BEng, PID, CD1
  • Robin Gibson, Refrigeration TQ and IP
  • Ricky He, Refrigeration TQ and IP
  • Kelsey Wells, Acting Administrative Assistant
  • Brian Buckley, BSc, Associate Dean

Advisory committee

  • Mark Porter, Airstream Heating & AC
  • Peter Whiten, Custom Air Conditioning Ltd.
  • Maurice Castonguay, Trane

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