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  • RHVAC
  • The CTE Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (RHVAC) program prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to install, repair and maintain commercial and domestic heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Instruction includes theory and application of basic principles involved in conditioning of air (cooling and heating); filtering and controlling humidity; operating characteristics of various units and parts; blueprint reading; use of technical reference manuals; the diagnosis of malfunctions; overhaul, repair and adjustment of units and parts such as pumps, compressors, valves, springs and connections; and repair of electric/electronic and pneumatic control systems.

    CCAC Dual Enrollment Credits are available through this program.

    The RHVAC Program is offered at the following school:

    • Pittsburgh Allderdice High School


    Certifications Offered:

    • EPA 608 Technician
    • Occupational Safety and Health Administration - OSHA (specifically for the construction industry)
    • American Ladder Institute


    Competency Task List

    The Competency Task List, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), is a detailed list of the skills students must learn in each program of study.  When a student masters a competency task, the program instructor certifies this by placing their initials next to the task in the student’s Competency Task List Booklet.  This booklet is provided to each CTE student during the first year of the program.  The CTE instructor uses this booklet to keep track of the student’s progress.

    See the RHVAC Competency Task List.


    Students who are successful in the RHVAC program have the opportunity to earn FREE college credits, as part of this program of study.