St. Lawrence College launches hybrid air conditioning mechanic program

St. Lawrence College has campuses in Kingston, Cornwall and Brockville, ON. Photo by

Ontario’s St. Lawrence College is introducing a 313D Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Apprenticeship program. The program is offered through a hybrid online and in-person delivery that minimizes the amount of time apprentices are off work to attend trade school.

The program launches in May 2024 with 12 weeks of online learning, and apprentices will come to the college’s Kingston campus for a condensed three-week session of labs in August. The college has three campuses, in Kingston, Cornwall and Brockville, ON.

“We have always wanted to address the shortage of HVAC workers with a new apprenticeship program for this trade,” says Daniel Liao, dean, applied science, technology and trades at St. Lawrence College. “Around two years ago, ClimateCare approached the college and planted the idea of a hybrid apprenticeship training program for residential air conditioning mechanics. ClimateCare revealed that many of its member companies have challenges with their apprentices accessing classroom training at existing trainers across the province. Employers have also voiced their support for the hybrid program. With such a shortage of HVAC technicians, reducing the amount of time an apprentice employee needs to be off work to attend training reduces the strain on their operations.”

Once they complete the second and final level of the program, students can obtain their 313D Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic licence upon passing a provincial Certificate of Qualification or licencing exam. “Graduates are qualified and licenced to install and maintain air conditioning units in residential applications,” says Liao. “As a new program and in line with St. Lawrence College’s commitment to sustainability, students will focus much of their time on the installation and troubleshooting of heat pumps.”

The program is partly funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

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