Student inspects the electrical components of a heating board.

Pre-Employment Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Open for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2020

Length: 12 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Learn about refrigeration, heating and electrical theory through hands-on courses that also cover safety training in preparation for an apprenticeship as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic. Grads can write the first year apprenticeship exam.

Next Information Session

All Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $4,650
Year 1 (International): $9,771

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020
Winter 2020 April 6, 2020
Fall 2020 Aug. 31, 2020

Program Details

Program Description

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics are used extensively in a wide array of industries including process manufacturing, the medical profession, the petroleum industry, chemical processing and environmental control. This 12-week program covers all course materials received by a first year Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprentice, plus additional hands-on skills and safety training. The program prepares students to enter an apprenticeship and, on successful completion of the program, to write the first year Refrigeration apprenticeship exam.

Your Career

Graduates of the Pre-Employment Refrigeration program have a 100% employment rate.

Location

Main Campus

Credentials and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Polytechnic Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.

Note: This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Transfer Options

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.

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 30-1, Math 30-2, Math 30-3, Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • 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 accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

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.

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Refrigeration program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CNTR-224 Refrigeration Controls 1.5
ELEC-227 Electrical Theory 3.0
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
Total Credits 16.5

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Tuition Fees SAIT Fees Student Association Fees 2019/20 Total
$4,650 - - $4,650

International Tuition and Fees*

Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 Total
$9,771 - - $9,771

As of January 2020 this program is no longer accepting International Students.

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: N/A
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): Program does not meet UPass eligibility requirements.

Student Association (SAITSA) Fees

Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Cost and Supplies*

  • Books are approximately $600 in addition to tuition fees.
  • Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.

Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Contact Information

School of Construction
403.284.8367
construction.preemp@sait.ca

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