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!
Program Goal and Outcomes
To enhance skills for employment in the automotive field in the areas of heating and cooling systems, servicing, EPA regulations, testing, and troubleshooting.
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.
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
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows XP® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.
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:
- Automotive engine heating and cooling systems
- Air-conditioning systems basics
- Rules, EPA regulations, and safety practices for working with refrigerants
- Troubleshooting techniques of automotive heating and air-conditioning assemblies
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.