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The field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning—HVAC—is the science and practice of controlling indoor climate to provide healthy and comfortable interior conditions for occupants in a well-designed, energy-efficient, code-compliant and low-emissions manner. The Certificate Program in HVAC provides a structured approach to learning the in-depth technical principles and applications you need to design new HVAC systems and retrofit existing systems to meet energy-conservation and comfort standards. The curriculum is overseen by an advisory board of industry and education leaders and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design, ensuring your education is relevant and up to date. Courses are taught by working professionals with many years of practical experience. Upon completion of UC Berkeley Extension's certificate, you may receive a certificate of accomplishment from the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the industry's leading professional organization.

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Certificate Program


Required Courses
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
MEC ENG X472 HVAC System Design Considerations 2 Classroom Available
MEC ENG X473 HVAC Control and Energy Management Systems 2 Not Available
MEC ENG X470 HVAC Ductwork and Piping Systems 2 Not Available
MEC ENG X469 HVAC System Load Calculations and Psychrometry 2 Classroom Available
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
CIV ENG X493.1 Building Commissioning for LEED 1 Not Available
ARCH X420.2 Construction and Facilities Project Management 2 Classroom Available
ARCH X412.3 Building Systems and Technology 1 Classroom Available
CIV ENG X494 Introduction to BIM: Virtual Design and Construction Technology 2 Classroom Available
CIV ENG X496 Advanced LEED v4: Implementing LEED Strategies 1 Classroom Available
CIV ENG X495.1 Intermediate LEED v4: Applications of Green Building Practices 1 Classroom Not Available
CIV ENG X495 Introduction to LEED v4: Concepts of Green Building and Design 1 Classroom Available
CIV ENG X479.1 Management and Supervision: Systems, People and Performance 2 Not Available

Course availability is subject to change. Courses offered in both online and classroom environments are interchangeable; if both delivery options are available, you may choose either option.

To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section. You may enroll in individual courses without registering for a certificate or program.

Prerequisites for Admission

There are no prerequisites for the Certificate Program in HVAC, but a bachelor's degree in engineering or previous HVAC experience is recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

This curriculum comprises 4 required courses and 45 hours of electives (2–3 courses) for a total of 11 semester units (165 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade. To receive the certificate, you must maintain an overall minimum 2.5 grade point average, with a grade of C or better (no C- grades) in each course. A Certificate With Distinction will be awarded to those who complete the certificate with a GPA of 3.9 or higher (effective to those who register beginning Sept. 1, 2016). All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. It will take a minimum of three semesters to complete.

How to Register

By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register online for the Certificate Program in HVAC, complete these two steps:

  1. Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  2. Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.

You may also send the mail-in registration form with your credit card information or personal check.

You should register for the certificate before you begin the third course in the curriculum.

Estimated Cost

Each course is priced individually, and you pay the course fee at the time of enrollment. The estimated cost of the certificate is $4,400–$4,700 (not including course materials or registration fee). Course fees are subject to change.

Certificate and Award Request

Once you have completed the certificate coursework, notify UC Berkeley Extension that you have completed the curriculum and request your certificate. Send an email to or call (510) 642-4151. After your records have been reviewed, verified, and approved, your certificate will be sent to you in the mail. The review of your records is usually completed within six to eight weeks after you request the certificate.

On successful completion of the certificate's four required courses, the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) awards a Certificate of Accomplishment. Contact the department for your certificate.

Advisory Board

Dr. Stefano Schiavon
Assistant Professor of Architecture
UC Berkeley

Mark Hydeman, PE
Continual Energy Inc.

Rick Paillon
UC Berkeley Extension

Robert Marciel
Director of the Pacific Energy Center
Pacific Gas & Electric

Jeffrey Blaevoet, PE, CEng, LEED AP, BD&C
Guttmann & Blaevoet

Richard Leao
President and CEO
Norman S. Wright Mechanical

Joseph Chin, PE, LEED AP
Project Manager
Western Allied Mechanical Inc.
ASHRAE Regional Student Activities Chair

Senior Engineering Consultant
DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability Engineer

On-Site Training

UC Berkeley Extension offers customized programs tailored to your corporate training specifications and delivered where and when you choose. Designed to fit your needs, time frame and budget, our convenient on-site training aims to increase employee performance and retention without losing precious work time. Learn more.