Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 

HVAC Excellence AccreditationThe air conditioning and refrigeration industry offers a bright future for people who wish to prepare for entry into this profession. This field includes sales, installation, maintenance, service and operation of equipment not only in residential settings, but also in commerce and industry. The need for air conditioning and refrigeration service technicians will continue to expand with the growth of computer applications into the industrial fields. This program also places emphasis on "green technology" initiatives and incorporates an emphasis on PV arrays and wind turbines.

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is accredited by HVAC Excellence, P.O. Box 491, Mount Prospect, IL 60056; telephone: (800) 394-5268; website:

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus offers a Technical Certificate in air conditioning and refrigeration (36 hours) and an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology with an option in air conditioning and refrigeration (60 hours) in a completely equipped shop.

As a part of the program, students must take and pass, with a 70% or better, the EPA Certification Exam.  Additionally, students are required to sit for a minimum of three (3) nationally recognized student outcome, assessment, and certification exams prior to graduation.  These exams are HVAC Excellence exams that cover the following disciplines: electrical, air-conditioning, and heat.

The Facilities Maintenance/Management program offers training in addition to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration course work to enable graduates to pursue broader employment opportunities. Course work prepares students for careers in facilities and grounds maintenance fields.

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree will be better prepared to pursue positions that will lead to promotion and management positions in the facilities and grounds maintenance fields. A Certificate of Proficiency in facilities maintenance is available and may be applied to the Technical Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science degree.


Kenneth Beeler
Program Chair

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Bldg.
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-3333