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Code 5815
SectorBuildings and Public Works (07)
Number of credits120
Length of training1 800 hours
StatusProgram approved in 2007.
Educational organizations offering the program
This program is offered in French: 
5315 - Réfrigération

Program objectives

The Refrigeration program prepares students to practise the trade of refrigeration specialist.

Refrigeration specialists install, maintain, repair and inspect residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and combined heating, ventilation and refrigeration systems. They work for refrigeration and air conditioning companies, food wholesalers and engineering firms, in a variety of industrial environments, and in retail companies that sell and maintain these systems.

They also oversee, maintain and troubleshoot air conditioning units, refrigeration systems, heat pumps, etc. Knowledge of automatic controls, electronics and remote supervision are some of the qualifications required of refrigeration specialists.

Admission conditions

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics (7313)

Job titles

refrigeration mechanic

Functional prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific prerequisites
Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
3101-1 3102-2 (3070-3)632-306 -  - 3053-2 (3016-2)063-306 563-306

Program content

Code Statement of competency Hours Credits
754-991 Be familiar with construction industry organizations 15 1
754-992 T o protect health, safety and physical integrity on construction sites 30 2
937-682 Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process 30 2
937-695 Analyze the compression refrigeration cycle 75 5
937-703 Perform oxygen cutting, welding and brazing operations 45 3
937-716 Perform basic maintenance mechanics operations 90 6
937-723 Install an expansion valve 45 3
937-736 Perform basic electrical operations 90 6
937-744 Perform tasks related to the use and recovery of refrigerants 60 4
937-754 Perform basic refrigeration operations 60 4
937-768 Verify the operation of a motor circuit and its control devices 120 8
937-772 Verify the operation of a reciprocating compressor 30 2
937-782 Interpret plans and specifications 30 2
937-793 Install refrigeration piping 45 3
937-803 Install a fluidic circuit regulator 45 3
937-818 Install and commission a refrigeration system 120 8
937-828 Install and commission an air conditioning system 120 8
937-833 Rectify compressor malfunctions 45 3
937-845 Ensure the operation of a refrigeration system 75 5
937-855 Ensure the operation of a packaged air conditioning system 75 5
937-867 Ensure the operation of a split air conditioning system 105 7
937-876 Solve problems inherent in digital control 90 6
937-886 Analyze air treatment processes 90 6
937-894 Do an energy analysis of a refrigeration or air conditioning system 60 4
937-905 Ensure the operation of a liquid chiller 75 5
937-918 Ensure the operation of a central air conditioning system 120 8
937-921 Use job search techniques 15 1
1800 120