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Start Your Career with an HVAC Apprenticeship

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Become an HVACR Apprentice

Launch your career in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) with Howard Community College. HVACR professionals install, service and repair heating and cooling systems. HVAC technicians preform work in residences and commercial establishments. HVACR jobs are part of a growing industry. HCC's HVACR apprenticeship program allows students to complete on-the-job training with experienced technicians. During an HVAC apprenticeship, you may assist with tasks including:

  • Carrying materials
  • Insulating refrigerant lines
  • Cleaning furnaces
  • Cutting and soldering pipes
  • Checking electrical and electronic circuits

Earn Your Maryland Journeyman’s License

Interested HVACR professionals or HVACR professionals that are currently employed by a licensed HVACR company can now train to become a licensed Maryland journeyman through HCC’s partnership with the Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors of Maryland (HACC of MD). HACC of MD established an apprenticeship program in 1996. The State of Maryland’s Apprenticeship and Training Council registers each apprentice. The council sets the rules for the apprenticeship. Once the program is complete, the council issues an apprenticeship completion certificate. Student can then apply for and receive a Maryland State HVACR journeyman license without taking the exam.

  • About the Program

    This apprenticeship program will provide training for apprentices to specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning/refrigeration systems. Work may include installing, servicing and repairing heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.

    Apprenticeships usually begin by assisting experienced technicians with such tasks as carrying materials, insulating refrigerant lines or cleaning furnaces. In time, apprentices will move on to more difficult tasks such as cutting and soldering pipes and checking electrical and electronic circuits.

    The program takes four years to complete and includes a classroom portion along with 8,000 hours of on-the job training.

    Although participants do not have to be employed by an HVACR contractor to start the program, applicants will need to find a job in the industry by the start of the second year in the program.
  • Requirements

    Students are required to have a tablet or a laptop for class. You have an option to purchase a Chromebook at Check-out. Our partner, HACC of MD, has negotiated discounted rates for our students and the Chromebooks come with two years of technical support. 
    Requirements for the tablet or laptop if you want to purchase your own is:

    Operating Systems
    •    Windows – Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10
    •    Macintosh – macOS 10.13, 10.12 / OS X 10.10 -10.11 (High Sierra, Sierra, Yosemite, El Capitan)
    •    Chrome – Chrome OS
    •    Mobile – iOS 6+, Android (see below note for browsers)

    Hardware Requirements
    •    Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
    •    Minimum: Intel® or AMD® CPU at 1.8 GHz or better / 1 GB of RAM
    •    Recommended: Intel® CPU at 2.0 GHz or better / 4 to 8 GB of RAM 

  • Courses
    Year 1 No. of Hours
    Introduction to Trade, Tools & Safety   20
    Basic Heating Cycle 20
    Basic Math  20
    Refrigeration Cycles & Basic Refrigeration  40
    Basic Electricity I    20
    Basic Electricity II   20
    Trade Math        20
    Year 2 No. of Hours
    Fundamentals of Brazing & Soldering   20
    AC/DC Circuits, Electric Motors & Starters 20
    Wiring & Testing   20
    HVAC Controls - Start Up & Testing    40
    Advanced Refrigeration & Pipe Fitting    40
    Communication Skills  20


    Year 3 No. of Hours
    Trouble Shooting - Gas, Oil, Electric Heating & Cooling 40
    Heat Pumps & Heat Pump Trouble Shooting      40
    Refrigeration Installation & Service – Commercial  20
    Chilled Water Systems – Cooling Towers & Pumps   20
    Boilers & Hyrdronics 40
    Year 4 No. of Hours
    Wiring Diagrams 40
    Heat Loss/Gain Calculations 20
    Introduction to NEC/HVACR 20
    Introduction to Electronics/HVACR 20
    Introduction to BOCA Mechanical Code/HVACR 20
    Blue Print Reading 20
    Air Distribution Systems – Balancing & Measuring 20
  • How to Apply

    To begin the program, an application must be submitted through HACCMD's application portal. For instructions on how to complete this process, please go to their Apprenticeship Program Instructions page.

  • Benefits for HVACR Employers

    The HACC of MD has worked with hundreds of HVACR employers in Maryland to train quality employees. HVACR companies may help offset the costs for this program through a sponsorship. HVACR employers can benefit by:

    • Having highly qualified staff as apprentices earn their Journeyman's License
    • Developing and retaining highly-skilled workers
    • Higher productivity
    • Lower turnover
    • Less recruitment costs
  • Upcoming Information Sessions

    Information sessions for the HVACR apprenticeship have concluded. Dates for future sessions will be announced soon.


Our HVACR apprenticeship is one of many in the program. Apprentices take classes and benefit from a full-time salary and industry training. HCC works with employers across Maryland to hire new and emerging talent in their fields. Learn more about our apprenticeship program.

For more information about our apprenticeship program, contact Adrienne Summers at 443-518-4972 or

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