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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:

  • Identify and describe the components of a vehicle's heating/cooling system
  • Explain how air conditioning systems operate and describe different types of systems
  • Recognize various switches and sensors used in computerized climate-controlled systems
  • Explain how to legally and safely handle different types of refrigerants
  • Describe the importance of EPA certification in regard to working on air conditioning systems
  • Identify the cause of heating/cooling system problems, such as engine overheating, loss of coolant, and abnormal noise
  • Describe the proper procedures and tools used for testing and servicing heating/cooling systems, including troubleshooting computer-controlled systems

AT025 - Automotive HVAC

Heating and Air Conditioning, Part 1


  • Understand automotive engine heating and cooling systems.
  • Learn the basics of air-conditioning systems.
  • Identify the rules, EPA regulations, and safety practices for working with refrigerants.
Heating and Air Conditioning, Part 2


  • Learn common troubleshooting techniques of automotive heating and air-conditioning assemblies.
  • Understand various problems, such as engine overheating, coolant leakage, and noise.
  • Identify the faulty components in a mobile air-conditioning system.
  • Discover how to efficiently remove and replace components.
Practical Exercise

Apply what you’ve learned to some real-life situations.

Additional Course Materials


  • ASE Heating and Air Conditioning Exam Prep Book
  • EPA Prep Book and Mobile EPA Certification Test

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.

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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:

EPA Motor Vehicle Certification Preparation

Students receive an EPA Motor Vehicle 609 certification packet that allows them to complete the certification process needed to purchase and use automotive refrigerants. The program also includes an ASE test-prep book for the ASE Heating and Air Conditioning test.

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:

  • Learning aids, including the EPA Prep Book and Mobile EPA Certification Test, and the ASE Heating and Air Conditioning Exam Prep Book
  • 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

What are some ways to gain hands-on training experience while taking the automotive programs?

There are many ways to gain hands-on training experience. After you’ve started the program, tinker with your personal car. Open up the hood and see if you can identify the parts from your books. As you get more experience, you can start on routine maintenance with your car, such as changing the oil. Additionally, try speaking with a local garage to see if you can volunteer or observe.

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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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