2022-23 Calendar

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 25-week (750 hours) program is designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry and supply the student with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice. It also provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of installing, servicing, and troubleshooting all aspects of heating, ventilating and airconditioning/refrigeration equipment.

Graduates of this program may receive credit for Level 1 apprenticeship technical training and may also be granted practical credit from the Industry Training Authority. In order to complete the apprenticeship and become a journeyperson, graduates would return to school to complete Level 2 (seven weeks), Level 3 (ten weeks) and Level 4 (ten weeks).

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprenticeship program consists of five years of on-the-job experience combined with four levels of in-school technical training in order to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) Examination through the Industry Training Authority.

Good hand/eye coordination and problem solving skills with attention to detail are desirable qualities for individuals pursuing a career in this field.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation, or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for a minimum of one year as of the first day of classes.

  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 50% in any of:

    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 10
    • Workplace Mathematics 10
    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus Grade 10
    • Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

The Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 50%.


RACM 100 Application of Trades Math for the Refrigeration Mechanic Trade
RACM 101 Safety Techniques
RACM 102 Welding and Brazing Techniques
RACM 103 Basic Work Skills
RACM 104 Application of Drafting Skills
RACM 105 Use of Tools
RACM 106 Application of Computers
RACM 107 Basic Electrical Concepts
RACM 108 Electrical Wiring Schematics
RACM 109 Single-Phase Motor Theory
RACM 110 Piping Practices
RACM 111 Fundamentals of Refrigeration
RACM 112 Refrigeration Systems Cycles
RACM 113 Refrigeration System Components
RACM 114 Final Exam

Graduation Requirements

An overall average of 70% calculated on a weighted percentage, based on time allocation.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Penticton (Feb, Aug)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $3,952.32

Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/07/2022