Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

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 20223
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2024
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2024
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2024
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2025

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

Program of Study for 2023-24 Academic Year 

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
MTH 1010 Trade Math I 3
ELC 1111 Electrical Fundamentals 1 4
HVA 1101 Trade Practices 1 4
HVA 1102 HVAC Controls I 1 4
HVA 1103 Fuel Fundamentals and Codes 3
RAC 1100 Refrigeration I 1 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
HVA 1201 Gas Pipe Fitter 1 4
HVA 1202 HVAC Controls II 1 4
HVA 1203 Appliance Efficiency 1 3
HVA 1204 Burners & Combustion Chambers 1 3
RAC 1200 Refrigeration II 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ENG 1780 Applied Communication II 2
HVA 2300 HVAC Control Labs 1 4
HVA 2301 Space Heating and Conversions 3
HVA 2302 Advanced HVAC Controls 4
HVA 2303 HVAC Appliance Labs 1 4
HVA 2304 HVAC Appliances 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
HVA 2400 HVAC Heating Systems Lab 1 4
HVA 2401 HVAC Heating Lab 1 4
HVA 2402 Forced Air Systems 4
HVA 2403 Hydronics and Water Heaters 3
HVA 2404 Air Conditioning Heat Pumps 3
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits90

Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


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.