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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 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 standards. 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. The curriculum is overseen by an advisory board of industry and education leaders and approved by the University of California, Berkeley, College of Engineering, ensuring your education is relevant and up-to-date. Courses are taught by working professionals with many years of practical experience.

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Required CoursesThe required courses should be taken in the following order:
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
MEC ENG X469 HVAC System Load Calculations and Psychrometry 2 Classroom Available
MEC ENG X472 HVAC System Design Considerations 2 Not Available
MEC ENG X470 HVAC Ductwork and Piping Systems 2 Classroom Not Available
MEC ENG X473 HVAC Control and Energy Management Systems 2 Classroom Not Available
Course Number Course Title Units / CEUs Delivery Options Status
CIV ENG X493.1 Building Commissioning for LEED 2 Not Available
ARCH X412.3 Facilities Management: Systems and Technology 2 Classroom Available
CIV ENG X496 Implementing LEED Strategies 1 Not Available
MEC ENG X410 Indoor Air Quality, HVAC and Green Building 2 Classroom 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 is recommended.

Curriculum Requirements

This curriculum comprises 4 required courses and 90 hours of electives (usually 3 courses) for a total of 14 semester units (210 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 3.5 or higher. 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.

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

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 $5,000 (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

Robert H. Braun, PE
Robert H. Braun and Associates

Van Carey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
UC Berkeley

C.J. Chee, Ph.D.
Ex-Officio Member, Continuing Education in Business and Technology
UC Berkeley Extension

Robert Levi, PE
ASHRAE, Golden Gate Chapter
Sales Engineer, Building Automation Systems Division
Air Systems, Inc

Joseph R. Olivier, PE
HVAC Program Coordinator
PG&E Pacific Energy Center

Steven T. Taylor, PE
Taylor Engineering