Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Technician - Career Pathway Certificate of Completion (CPCC)

Program Description

The Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Career Pathway Certificate of Completion gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about automotive air conditioning and heating systems, the Environmental Protection Agency's recovery requirements for refrigerant systems, and general diagnosis and service.

The certificate prepares students for the Automotive Service Excellence certification in (A7) Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning, (A6) Electrical/Electronic Systems, and (G1) Maintenance and Light Repair.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate appropriate basic technical knowledge and practical skills necessary for employment in Automotive Technology from previous basic skills courses, plus first level electrical / electronic courses.
  2. Prepare for the national Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Program.
  3. Study pressure / temperature relationships as applied to Freon used in automotive systems.
  4. Diagnose and repair air conditioning and heating controls.
  5. Demonstrate the safe handling of Freon while repairing multiple vehicles.


Academic Entrance Requirements


  • Students must complete the following six courses before enrolling in other AUT courses: AUT 101 Basic Electricity for Automotive, AUT 102 Automotive Electric IAUT 106 Automotive Program OrientationAUT 107 Mechanical Systems IAUT 110 Small Gas EnginesAUT 115 College Success for Automotive Technology


  • High school diploma or GED


Material Costs

  • Automotive Service Excellence certification: up to $450 total for all eight areas of testing
  • Tools: $1,500 to $2,500
  • Materials (coveralls, safety glasses, work jacket, safety shoes, t-shirts): $200

Enrollment Fees

  • All AUT courses AUT 260 Diesel Performance II and higher: $200 course fee
  • All AUT courses lower than AUT 260 Diesel Performance II: $15 course fee

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
AUT 101Basic Electricity for Automotive2
AUT 102Automotive Electric I5
AUT 106Automotive Program Orientation1
AUT 107Mechanical Systems I3
AUT 110Small Gas Engines3
AUT 115College Success for Automotive Technology2
AUT 253Automotive Air Conditioning3
Total Credits19

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.

    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First Year
AUT 101Basic Electricity for Automotive2
AUT 106Automotive Program Orientation1
AUT 107Mechanical Systems I3
AUT 110Small Gas Engines3
AUT 115College Success for Automotive Technology2
AUT 102Automotive Electric I5
No program courses offered spring term
AUT 253Automotive Air Conditioning3
 Total Credits19

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