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The Refrigeration Institute

The Refrigeration Institute was founded on August 15th, 1994 for the purpose of making generational change for all our students. It can sometimes be difficult for a young student to appreciate that the work he or she is doing in the classroom and shop today will affect not only their lives and the lives of their children but that it will also have a major impact on the lives of their children’s children. The food in their stomachs, the clothes on their backs, the neighborhood they live in, the education they receive, can all be positively affected by the knowledge and skill development they achieve at The Refrigeration Institute today! This has been our goal from the beginning and the amazing testimonials from our Alumni over the past 26 years are evidence that all things can be achieved through hard work, dedication, and quality training. Read More

Frank Talty Testifying before the New York State Senate On Higher Education in Defense of Career Schools

Courses We Offer

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 450 Hours (RT-450)

This course provides 450 hours of instruction over 28 weeks or approximately seven…

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Refrigerating System Operating Engineer 225 Hours (RSOE-225)

This advanced and intensive course provides 225 hours of instruction over 14 weeks or approximately…

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EPA Technician 608 Certification (EPA-608)

The purpose of this certification is to meet the legal requirements of Section 608 of the Federal…

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Lifetime Career Placement Assistance

We are highly successful with career placement, which is a reflection of the excellent quality of our graduates and the high-quality education and hands-on training they receive while they are enrolled in our programs.

What Trainees Say

Being unhappy with the direction of my life and career choice I decided to go back to school. Under the guidance of my brother who is also a Graduate of The Refrigeration Institute and a Licensed Operating Engineer, it led me to Mr. Talty. Now I’m proud of my accomplishment - a licensed Operating Engineer with a career that is so rewarding and with so many opportunities and avenues to choose from. Thank you Mr. Talty and Staff!

B D'Auria

I could not be happier with the results of graduating from The Refrigeration Institute. The program enabled me to change careers….in my mid 40s! Frank’s program provided me with the knowledge to secure the credentials needed to begin a career as a refrigeration engineer. The foundation was also provided to ensure it was successful. Currently I am part of the engineering team at a world-renowned hospital where the entire team as well as our supervisor, are graduates of The Refrigeration Institute.

Chris Michaels

Attending classes at The Refrigeration Institute has truly changed my life for the better and has opened endless doors of opportunity. I successfully completed 2 full courses and was able to receive a top-tier education from some of the finest educators within the NYS Career Schools Sector. With the skills and experience I gained at The Refrigeration Institute, I secured employment with New York City’s most reliable mechanical contractor. I am extremely thankful for the educational experience I was given at TRI and can guarantee that any expectations will be exceeded.

Anthony Granito

At 58 years old and having had nothing but dead-end jobs, I heard about The Refrigeration Institute and decided to give it a try. I have not looked back. They trained me well and helped me find a rewarding position that I have now held for almost 7 years. The Refrigeration Institute salvaged my life!

Guy Carney

Coming to The Refrigeration Institute changed my life for the better, from the small classes to the amazing and helpful staff, they were there for me every step of the way. Their hands-on training, preparation, and the available one on one learning help me to achieve my Refrigerating System Operating Engineer License. My favorite part of the Institute had to be the close relations that the instructors, office staff, and even the owner Frank Talty and his wife built with you. All this has led me to a dream union position at the prestigious NYU Langone, and therefore I will always be forever grateful for paving a path to my bright future.

Brad Armas

When I came to The Refrigeration Institute, I went just to get my Universal Certificate. I was in a low paying, go no-where job as an “engineer” in a hotel. After Frank’s tour of the school, I enrolled. That proved to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was an investment in my future. The diploma and license are great on a resume, but more than that, I learned that hard work and doing my best pays off…. showing up on time every day after work, taking notes, and studying etc. …all this was foreign to someone whose life was defined by doing things half-assed, cutting corners, and doing the bare minimum to get by. TRI changed that. The school and the lessons learned (especially the ones not graded) led me to a well-paying, recession proof career as a Plant Operator in a hospital. I learned that I am a good student, and I AM smart, and I CAN achieve…. Thoughts are things…remember that and do the right thing, even when no-one is looking and that dream job can be yours too!

Peter Rosa


Why Choose Us?


Innovative and interactive learning process


Training with real time scenarios


Our training is pragmatic and real


Cost effective Solutions


We make learning fun


Best of the class faculty

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