Program Overview

The Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic apprenticeship program (313D) will prepare you for an in-demand job with practical skills and technical know-how. You’ll emerge knowing how to plan, prepare and lay out residential air conditioning systems and make sure they’re operating and functioning properly.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Certificate

Your Learning Experience

Summers in Ontario can be sweltering and for many people, air-conditioning isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity for their health and quality of life. The Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (313D) apprenticeship program is ideally suited to those who enjoy working with their hands and providing a valuable service to customers. You’ll work on installing and connecting pipes to convey all types of cooling refrigerant to buildings, while also learning to maintain, service, test, repair and replace system components and accessories. You’ll learn about everything from electronics to knowing how to read blueprints.


This apprenticeship program can take up to two and a half years to complete and consists of 4,020 on-the-job experience with 480 hours of in-school training by skilled, licensed journeypersons.

Your in-school training will cover:

  • codes, legislation and regulations
  • workplace health and safety 
  • applied trade mathematics
  • engineering drawings and documentation
  • trade practices

Your on-the-job training will teach you how to:

  • protect yourself and others
  • plan and prepare for installation, maintenance or service of residential Air Conditioning and Heat Pump
  • assemble and install residential Air Conditioning and Heat Pump
  • commission residential Air Conditioning and Heat Pump
  • service residential Air Conditioning and Heat Pump


This is an apprenticeship program. You cannot apply to this program through Applicants need a sponsor/employer. Your sponsor/employer must register you with:

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development
Apprenticeship/Client Services
72-1200 Commissioners Road East 
London, Ontario, N5Z 4R3 
MLITSD is responsible for scheduling your in-school training at Fanshawe College.


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Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Residential Air Conditioning Mechanic Apprentice program have the practical and technical skills to excel in a demanding industry.


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Apprentice program:

AC Mechanic – Facilities Engineering
Responsible for the distribution of refrigeration and air conditioning systems, including the installation, maintenance, repair and monitoring of the system and associated equipment.

AC Mechanic
Measure, cut, and connect piping using welding and brazing equipment in order to assemble and install air conditioning components.

Learning Outcomes


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