Refrigeration and Air Conditioning


Program Overview

There is steady demand for refrigeration and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) specialists—in commercial, industrial and institutional settings. It is an apprenticeship trade, so you’ll find a clear path to a journeyperson’s ticket and excellent earning potential.

The job itself has a mechanical focus. You install, maintain and repair refrigeration and cooling systems. But it also involves problem-solving skills, basic math skills, the ability to read and interpret specifications, and the ability to work with power tools and sophisticated technology.

The one-year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning certificate program is offered in Saskatoon. Experienced instructors help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to install, operate and service commercial and industrial refrigeration and HVAC equipment. Your training includes:

  • basic refrigeration systems, cycles and components
  • system installation
  • electrical control systems
  • graphics, math, hand tools
  • mechanical and electrical skills
  • refrigerants and refrigeration load calculation
  • safety
  • system design, installation, operation
  • test and repair system components

Hands-on Training

You’ll spend as much time getting “hands-on” experience in the shop as you do in the classroom. You’ll also participate in a work experience.

The Day-to-Day Job

Having a natural aptitude for mechanical and electrical equipment or systems is an asset; good problem-solving and customer service skills are a must.

A Head Start on Apprenticeship

Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate will gain you advanced standing as an apprentice in the Refrigeration Mechanic trade, which can significantly improve your earning power and employability. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Note: International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Our graduates are working in installation, service and sales. You could get a job with a refrigeration or air conditioning installation contractor, mine or mill site, manufacturing facility, food wholesaler, engineering firm, retail firm or service company.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning MechanicRefrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics (7313)$34,300 - $83,200

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 34 weeks


  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: 

  • a 30-level math (no change for this program)

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 65 Arithmetic
  • 55 Elementary Algebra
  • 70 Reading
  • 65 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.




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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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