Jobs in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) are projected to grow by 34% by 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Labor. As one of the fastest growing job areas in the country, there are excellent employment opportunities available for graduates of this certificate program. This nine-month, 800-hour, full-time day or evening certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on skills to become successful HVAC&R technicians. Today’s HVAC&R Technician needs to be EPA certified. BFIT’s HVAC&R program provides test preparation for the EPA certification. In addition, we also offer an R-410 A certificate and 10-hour OSHA Safety certificate, upon successful completion.


Certificate in HVAC&R

What will you learn?

  • Principles of refrigerants
  • Solder and braze pipes, fittings
  • Flare and swage tubing
  • Troubleshoot commercial and residential units
  • Test pressure and detect leaks
  • Get 2000 credit hours towards the Refrigeration Technician Examination and 150 hours of electrical code needed for licensure

Job Outlook

People with skills in computers and electronics as well as troubleshooting, communication and project management, have the best job opportunities.

  • HVAC technician jobs are projected to grow 21% in the next 10 years
  • Average HVAC Technician salaries in Boston are 26% higher
  • The average HVAC tech salary in MA is $56,000 a year or $26.85 per hour
  • The average HVAC tech salary in the US is $47,000 a year or $22.50 per hour
  • There are approximately 260,000 jobs in the US in this field

Career Path

  • HVAC&R Technician

Your Pathway to Success

Founded in 1908 in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) is one of New England’s oldest colleges of technology. Started with a bequest from Benjamin Franklin, and a matching gift from Andrew Carnegie, the private non-profit college offers an affordable education for people seeking technical careers.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose BFIT

  • Highest Earnings

Our students earn the highest salary after attending compared to students from all two-year private colleges in the state (excluding nursing). *Source: U.S. Dept. of Education's College Scorecard

  • Affordable Tuition

BFIT is one of the most affordable private, non-profit colleges in Massachusetts, and more affordable than all for-profit technical schools in the state. Our tuition costs less than half of the average tuition at 4-year non-profit colleges in Massachusetts.

  • Smaller Classes

With an average class size of just 13 students, students receive individualized attention and thrive in our tight-knit community. Our graduation rate is double the national average for two-year colleges and almost three times the MA average

  • Job-ready Skills

A college degree and hands-on training set BFITgrads apart in the job market. Most of our grads land jobs in their field or continue their education, and some programs have 80% -90% job placement rates.

  • Industry Connections

We partner with industry leaders to ensure that our programs prepare students with the right skills for today's jobs. Close employer connections lead to internships, job-shadowing, and careers for our graduates. Over 60 companies attend our annual career fair.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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