Réfrigération - Refrigeration


The Refrigeration program prepares students to practise the trade of refrigeration specialist.

Refrigeration specialists install, maintain, repair and inspect residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and combined heating, ventilation and refrigeration systems. They work for refrigeration and air conditioning companies, food wholesalers and engineering firms, in a variety of industrial environments, and in retail companies that sell and maintain these systems.

They also oversee, maintain and troubleshoot air conditioning units, refrigeration systems, heat pumps, etc. Knowledge of automatic controls, electronics and remote supervision are some of the qualifications required of refrigeration specialists. 


Vocational Studies Diploma (VSD)
Diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP)

About 16 months (1,800 hours)


  • access to modern equipment;
  • integration of new technologies;
  • program also offered in French.

Admission requirements

    Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
    Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
    Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
    Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Training site

Centre de formation professionnelle de Lachine

– Édifice Dalbé-Viau
750, rue Esther-Blondin
H8S 4C4
  • Program descriptionHours
  • Be familiar with construction industry organizations15
  • To protect health, safety and physical integrity on construction sites30
  • Determine their suitability for the trade and the training process30
  • Analyze the compression refrigeration cycle75
  • Perform oxygen cutting, welding and brazing operations45
  • Perform basic maintenance mechanics operations90
  • Install an expansion valve45
  • Perform basic electrical operations90
  • Perform tasks related to the use and recovery of refrigerants60
  • Perform basic refrigeration operations60
  • Verify the operation of a motor circuit and its control devices120
  • Verify the operation of a reciprocating compressor30
  • Interpret plans and specifications30
  • Install refrigeration piping45
  • Install a fluidic circuit regulator45
  • Install and commission a refrigeration system120
  • Install and commission an air conditioning system120
  • Rectify compressor malfunctions45
  • Ensure the operation of a refrigeration system75
  • Ensure the operation of a packaged air conditioning system75
  • Ensure the operation of a split air conditioning system105
  • Solve problems inherent in digital control90
  • Analyze air treatment processes90
  • Do an energy analysis of a refrigeration or air conditioning system60
  • Ensure the operation of a liquid chiller75
  • Ensure the operation of a central air conditioning system120
  • Use job search techniques15
  •  Total : 1800