Online Automotive HVAC Training Certificate | Penn Foster Career School

Online Automotive HVAC Training Certificate

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HVAC Training Program Overview

Develop your skills with the Penn Foster Career School Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate Program. This online program can help you prepare for industry certification and enhance your skills for employment in a garage, dealership, auto supply store, or public transportation. Penn Foster Career School can help you gain relevant industry knowledge and skills, like heating and cooling systems, servicing, EPA regulations, testing, and troubleshooting. And as an Automotive HVAC Essentials student with Penn Foster Career School, you train at a pace that's right for you, gaining new skills in a flexible, convenient way!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To enhance skills for employment in the automotive field in the areas of heating and cooling systems, servicing, EPA regulations, testing, and troubleshooting.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the principles and functions of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air‐conditioning) systems and explain how testing and service procedures are performed on these systems

Course 1

Starting Your Program

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program.


  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.

Course 2

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Today's automobiles and light trucks have sophisticated HVAC systems that need to be serviced regularly.


  • Describe how an automotive heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system works.
  • Explain the air-conditioning refrigeration cycle and describe the operation of the expansion valve and orifice tube.
  • Learn how to service, diagnose, and repair heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning problems.
Additional Course Materials

Textbooks: Automotive Technology: Principles, Diagnosis, and Service

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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Sample Lesson

To view an Automotive HVAC Essentials sample lesson, click here.

Automotive HVAC Essentials Program Details

In the Penn Foster Career School Automotive HVAC Essentials training program you’ll cover topics such as:

ASE Certification

ASE Certification Preparation

This program will help to prepare students to sit for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) A7 Heating & Air Conditioning certification exam.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online Automotive HVAC Certificate

The Automotive HVAC Essentials Online Certificate details the heating and cooling systems involved in auto repair. This is a great option if you have experience in basic automotive repairs and want to improve skills for a current job. Here are a few qualities that effective auto repair technicians have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Problem solver: Finding the missing piece can be rewarding and fun.
  • Persistent: You work until the job is done, and done well.
  • Honest: You are ethical in your work for customers.

I have had great feedback from my employer after my training from Penn Foster. I have also had other job offers. The knowledge that you learn is priceless. Penn Foster is an excellent school.

- Kenny B., Penn Foster graduate

Penn Foster is a great way to get ahead in a career and the way the program was set up, even the busiest person can get through it. I'm so glad I found Penn Foster.

- Guiseppe S., Penn Foster graduate

I just recently graduated. I would definitely recommend Penn Foster to others. Their support was tremendous. Thank you all for the encouragement.... Penn Foster rocks!!!

- Dahlia R., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Does the Penn Foster Career School Automotive HVAC Essentials Certificate program help to prepare students for any of ASE certification exams?

Yes. The program helps to prepare students to sit for the ASE A7 Heating & Air Conditioning certification exam.

More FAQs >

The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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