Information on the alignment requirements for the HVAC Program

CIP Code: 47.0201
CIP Name: Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
Definition: A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Includes instruction in diagnostic techniques, the use of testing equipment and the principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as they relate to the repair of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.


The HVAC Alignment was originally approved by the Kansas Board of Regents on February 13, 2013. After going through the realignment process, the Technical Education Authority approved the amended HVAC alignment on January 26, 2023. Colleges are granted one academic year from the approval date to implement the alignment. Implementation of amended alignment must be completed by Fall 2024.


The Business and Industry Committee recommend including the Technical Certificate A exit point as a non-credentialed exit point, which would allow students to obtain sufficient knowledge for entry level employment. The Technical Certificate A would require all Common and Support Courses. The committee recommends the program have a choice of a Technical Certificate B or Technical Certificate C as the next exit point. This would allow students to obtain enough training to sit for industry certifications through North American Technician Excellence (NATE), HVAC Excellence, or National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). 

The Business and Industry Committee agreed that institutions could edit the program name to include “Refrigeration” and/or “Climate and Energy Control” depending on local B&I recommendations. However, the acronym “HVAC” must be included in the program title.


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Common Courses  (8 credit hours)
Common Courses serve as potential articulation and transfer of coursework between secondary and postsecondary partners.   These courses shall have the same title, credit hour allocation, and competencies.  Institutions may add additional competencies based on local demand.  The sequencing of common courses is determined by the institution.

HVAC Fundamentals 4 credit hours (pdf)
Heating System Fundamentals 3 credit hours (pdf)
EPA 608 1 credit hour (pdf)

Support Courses  (5-8 credit hours)

Institutions may use existing course titles for Support Courses that adhere to the agreed upon course length and competencies.

Electrical Fundamentals 3 to 4 credit hours
Safety Orientation/OSHA 10 or 30     1 to 3 credit hours       
Workplace Skills 1 credit hour 

To learn where this program is available in Kansas, visit the Kansas Career Technical Education Program Search.