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Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (apprenticeship) in Algonquin College

  • Duration : 24 Weeks
  • Intake : September
  • Level : Certificate
  • Tuition & fees : $ 1,832 CAD Per Year
  • IELTS : 6.0
  • TOEFL : 80
  • PTE : 0

About Refrigeration And Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (apprenticeship) in Algonquin College

Make becoming a journeyperson the next step in your Refrigeration and Air Conditioning career.

Applicants to the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Algonquin College Certificate program must:

  • be currently employed in the trade
  • be formally registered as apprentices with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • have a valid Offer of Classroom Training from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development that includes your Ministry Client ID and approved Class Number

Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic trade is a compulsory trade in Ontario and requires Certification. To practice outside of Ontario, a Red Seal Endorsement is required.

Typically, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics may hold other trade licenses, such as a Certificate of Qualification as a Gas Technician.

To learn more about apprenticeships, visit www.earnwhileyoulearn.ca and discover how to get started in this rewarding career.

For Registered Apprentices:
This 24-week program fulfills the in-class requirements for your apprenticeship. The overall program is divided into three 8-week sessions where you attend class and labs for 30 hours per week and then return to work to further your skills and experience for 8 to 12 months.

During your labs you learn about:

  • thermodynamics
  • heat transfer
  • fluid mechanics
  • thermofluids
  • psychrometrics
  • electromagnetism
  • mechanical cooling cycles and components
  • electricity and installation procedures
  • pneumatics
  • hydronics
  • construction health and safety

At the end of this program, you qualify to write the exam to receive your federal Red Seal Certification to work across Canada in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic trade and your Certificate of Qualification to work in Ontario. Once qualified, you can enter the industry as a journeyperson.


This program is well-suited for apprentices who:

  • Enjoy working with their hands, constructing and repairing mechanical and eletrical equipment.
  • Have good spatial comprehension and mechanical aptitude.
  • Have an aptitude for math and applied science.
  • Have strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Enjoy logic based decision making.
  • Are willing to work at heights, in confined spaces and out-of-doors in all conditions.
  • Can work independently.
  • Seek variety in their career.
  • Enjoy challenges, problem solving and innovation.
  • Enjoy working in a commercial or industrial environment.


Graduates are apprentices and mechanics employed as building systems and/or field service technicians, installers, designers, consultants, entrepreneurs, sales representatives, and parts counter clerks with a variety of employers, such as residential, commercial and industrial air conditioning and refrigeration contractors, subcontractors, engineering and design firms, research labs and museums, manufacturers, and government agencies and public utilities. It is very common for air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics to hold other trade licenses, specifically a Certificate of Qualification as a gas technician.

Program Eligibility

  • Eligibility is determined by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

  • Applicants must be formally registered as apprentices and be released by their sponsor to attend the College.

Algonquin College Highlights

College Type Publicly funded
Number of Campuses 3
Annual Endowments 3.7 million CAD
Student Retention Rate 86.3 %
Total number of programs 340
Mode of Programmes Full time, Part time, Online
Work Study Program Yes, for full time programs
Cost of Attendance 2,900 CAD
Financial aid Bursaries, Scholarship, Awards
Language Proficiency IELTS/TOEFL or Algonquin EAP program

Algonquin College Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

Tuition & Books (1 Year)  
Includes Tuition, Health Insurance, Upass (bus pass)
and Student Access Fees (8-Month Academic Year)
$16,200 – $22,000
Learning Resources and School Supplies $200 – $1,000
Optional Items  
Gym Membership (On-campus) $300
Clothing $800
Miscellaneous $1,150
Total Optional Items $2,250
Homestay (Fees are for 1 Month)  
Application fee $250
Accommodations & Meals (3 meals/day) $940
Total Homestay $1,190
Residence (8 Months)  
Accommodations $7,720
Meal Plan (Mandatory) $3,350
Total Residence $11,070
Off Campus Housing 1 Month  
2 Bedroom Apartment (estimated cost only) $1,200 – $1,400

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Entrance Exams in Canada TOEFL: 86 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 60 | GRE: 309 | GMAT: 560 | SAT: 1177
Work and Study in Canada Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
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Fees components - (1st year Fees and expense)

Tuition & fees :

$ 1,832

Hostel & Meals :

$ 11,945


$ 13,777