Course Description

This course is 56 learning hours. It is recommended that students spend an average of 7 hours per week on this course.

This course covers the basics of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) commonly used terminology and jargon, and the need for heating and cooling. It then looks at thermodynamics and the refrigeration cycle. The course concludes with lessons on heating and cooling basics, the different types of HVAC systems, and temperature and pressure.

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Orientation
  • Week 2: HVAC Terminology and Jargon
  • Week 3: The Need for Heating and Cooling
  • Week 4: Thermodynamics and The Refrigeration Cycle
  • Week 5: Heating and Cooling Basics / Types of HVAC Systems
  • Week 6: Temperature and Pressure

What You Will Learn

  • Commonly used terms associated with HVAC
  • The basics of thermodynamics and the refrigeration cycle
  • The basics of heating and cooling
  • Different types of HVAC systems
  • Temperature and pressure


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).

The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of the minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

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

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
HVAC Basics
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 01, 2024 to Mar 31, 2025
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,195.00
Reading List / Textbook

Heating and Cooling Essentials
Author: Jerry Killinger
Edition: 4th
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Goodheart-Willcox
ISBN: 9781631260599

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