154.00 Hours Required
This certificate requires the successful completion of 3 core courses within 3 years of enrollment. Participants must complete each course within 6 months of the date of enrollment.

The Certificate in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) consists of three courses covering the different phases of HVAC from a non-engineering and practical point of view. It includes the basic concepts, engineering, installation, maintenance, and balancing of HVAC equipment. This certificate is to ensure that participants are able to identify parts of and manage an active HVAC installation in a building.

What You Will Learn?

  • The most important systems in an HVAC installation and how they are comprised and controlled
  • The most important components of different types of HVAC systems
  • Strategies for controlling HVAC costs from initial ones, through operation, to disposal.
  • Strategies for integrating and managing the various HVAC processes that ought to work in tandem, and to manage a building's climate

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Estimation Technicians
  • Commissioning Engineers
  • Building Comfort Analysts
  • Quality Assurance / Quality Control Personnel

How Will You Benefit?

The Certificate in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) can help you:

  • learn basic HVAC principles
  • apply the principles of HVAC and thermodynamics
  • identify HVAC sub-systems, requirements, and components
  • comprehend HVAC systems and requirements
  • know codes and identify HVAC standards
  • recognize HVAC processes and utilize associated jargon
  • identify the basics of high-performing HVAC systems
  • learn how HVAC complements business operations

Fees & Scheduling

The fee for each course is $1195. Please note that textbooks are not included.

This certificate consists of four courses and can only be taken online at your own pace (Online Self-Paced). Students start on a date of their choosing and have 6 months to complete each course. There are no live sessions with the instructor; however, students will have access to pre-recorded ones. The instructor will also be available for consultation via email. 

Note: Your registration is not guaranteed until your seat is confirmed and you have been contacted by our Registration Office. As well, fees are based on the current academic year and are subject to change. No deferral of the non-refundable deposit or program fees is allowed. Text and materials related to courses may constitute an additional cost.

Certificate Requirements

It is highly recommended that participants complete the three courses in sequential order. The certificate is awarded after the completion of all three courses, including all quizzes, assignments, and exams. This represents approximately 154 hours of training including online sessions, home study, assignments, and exam preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65% for each module and an aggregate average of at least 75% in the program.

For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:

Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a professional training provider, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include university or college coursework, military training, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.

Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses/programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

Additional Details


Minimum Required

154 Hour(s)

Certificate requires completion of all 3 courses
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