This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options
Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in air-conditioning and refrigeration system companies and are prepared to become indentured refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic apprentices.
Potential career progression includes:
- refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic journeyperson
- supervisory positions
Related careers include:
- appliance service technician
Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.
- Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021.
- Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.
Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:
- Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 30-3, Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30, AND,
- English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2, AND,
- Physics 20 or Chemistry 20.
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 5) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements.
Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada.
Direct entry: four step process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.
- Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.
Communication during selection
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credits|
|CNTR-224||Refrigeration Controls I||1.5|
|HTNG-223||Heating Theory I||1.5|
|RFRG-200||Canada's Ozone Layer Protection Awareness||1.5|
|RFRG-211||Refrigeration Theory I||3.0|
|RFRG-220||Refrigeration Shop I||6.0|
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:
- Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
- Rocky Mountain College
To learn more, visit Transfer Options.
2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Health & Dental Plan||2021/22 total|
This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $46
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $38
Student technology fee: $38
Saitsa fee: N/A
Health and Dental Fees
- Health Plan: N/A
- Dental Plan: N/A
Find out about tuition and financial aid.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Your program orientation will take place on the first day of classes.
Learn more about our on campus orientation activities.
How to register for classes
You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
- CSA steel toe boots
- Safety glasses
- Leather work gloves
- Face mask
To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
In addition all apprentices must manually register for PREP145: Orientation for apprentices hosted by Academic Coaching.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.
Math 123: Math Refresher
Refresh your math skills needed for Math 235 and Math 238.
Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.
Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.
Barry Delparte, Academic Chair
Next steps for all students
Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.