Residential, Commercial, and Industrial HVAC-R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration) technicians are always in high demand. We provide expert instructors drawn from local contractors serving in the field. Our program will provide you with entry-level to advanced training in repairing, installing, and servicing HVAC-R equipment and systems. Through hands-on learning of trade-related mathematical and electrical concepts and occupational safety, you’ll master the principles and best practices of HVAC-R systems. You will also have the opportunity to become part of our local HVAC technicians and contractors’ networks.

Prepare for your new career by enrolling in the HVAC-R program and earning your competency certificate or an associate degree.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Working in the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) Refrigeration & Facilities industry involves maintaining a safe and accessible workplace.

Facilities technicians provide short and long-term planning schedules, in compliance with maintaining a safe work environment, and cost beneficial production schedules. These industry specialists work closely with safety and health officers, management and administration. Planning routine maintenance on equipment and systems used to operate physical plants is required.

A complete knowledge of health, safety, and environmental standards and regulations is required. Additional knowledge is needed in the areas of:

  • Heating
  • Ventilating
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigeration
  • Electrical and mechanical systems
  • Problem solving in emergency situations

Johnson Controls Institute

Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI), is a global and industrial leader in creating smart environments, serving customers in more than 150 countries. JCI ranks No. 17 in Corporate Responsibility Magazine's annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" in 2016. JCI is one of the biggest companies in the world, providing solutions for operating buildings effectively and increasing energy efficiency and operational performance.

GateWay Community College is home to the Johnson Controls Phoenix Institute. Industry leaders and professionals have been taking advantage of the Building Environmental Laboratory here at GateWay since its dedication in 1998. Our students become Air Conditioning Refrigeration Facilities Technicians using hands-on training in a real-world setting. Much of the equipment students use in training has been donated to GateWay by JCI.

Take a tour of our HVAC facility at GateWay Community College.

Program Location

Washington Campus

Program Cost Estimates*

Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning/Refrigeration/Facilities: $7,175
Certificate of Competency for HVAC Residential Installation and Service Technician: $5,260 | 665 hours/7-8 months**

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.

**Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month for the Day program and 20 hours a week/ 4 weeks a month for the Night program. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab, and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay's Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Facilities Technology training program has met the instruction, curriculum, student, faculty, and facility standards set forth by the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA). PAHRAs programmatic accreditation certifies that the following training areas have been evaluated:

  • Residential Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Commercial Refrigeration

The many individuals and organizations supporting PAHRA commend this training program for meeting and/or exceeding standards established and validated by the HVACR industry associations.

Additionally, GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.

Advisory Committee

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Facilities Technology Advisory Committee for GateWay is comprised of knowledgeable and dedicated professionals who represent the best of their industry, serving as an integral part of the learning experience. Members represent the following companies: