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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

With Cambrian's Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) accredited program, you'll prepare to challenge TSSA exams for Natural Gas Technician and Oil Burner Technician certifications. Theory and practical lab training are combined to develop a solid understanding of heating systems (natural gas, propane, and fuel oil) as well as air conditioning, refrigeration principles, sheet metal fabrication, and heat loss/heat gain design considerations. You'll also be introduced to the skills required for the installation, service, and troubleshooting of residential and light commercial heating and cooling applications.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters

  • Program accredited by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

  • One of only 2 colleges in Ontario to offer Oil Burner Technician training

  • Hands-on training in the College's state-of-the-art HVAC labs

  • After first year, you will be certified to work at entry-level industry positions after successfully challenging the:

    • Gas Technician 3 TSSA exam
    • Oil Burner Technician 3 TSSA exam
    • Gas Pipe Fitter TSSA exam (Optional)

  • Upon completion of second year and successfully challenging the Gas Technician 2 and Oil Burner Technician 2 TSSA exams you'll be fully certified enter the workforce as a Heating Systems Technician

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How to Apply

Skills and Trades Training

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
GAF 1100 Gas Technician III 1 12
HVA 1100 Basic Sheet Metal 1 2
RAC 1100 Refrigeration I 1 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
GAF 1200 Gas Technician II (Part I) 1 6
OBU 1201 Oil Burner Technician III 1 8
RAC 1200 Refrigeration II 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
GAF 2300 Gas Technician II (Part II) 1 8
HLG 2300 Heat Loss/Heat Gain 1 4
OBU 2300 Oil Burner Technician II 1 6
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
GAF 2402 Gas Technician II (Part III) 1 12
HVA 2400 Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps 1 4
HVA 2430 Advanced Hydronics 1 2
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits86


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,400. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates who have met TSSA certification requirements may find employment as  natural gas, propane, and oil burner technicians.  They may also pursue OCOT (Ontario College of Trades) journeyperson apprenticeship within the refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing, or sheet metal fabrication industries. Graduates are also prepared for employment opportunities as sales or maintenance personnel in commercial, institutional, and industrial areas.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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