Engineering and Technology
"I have made contacts, listened to leaders in the industry, found more to learn and been inspired." —Gail Brownell, Certificate Program in HVAC graduate
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. Join our email list to stay informed about this certificate.
The table contains the required courses for the Certificate Program in HVAC, as well as the terms they are typically available for enrollment.
4 Required Courses, 90 Hours of Electives, 14 Semester Units (210 Hours of Instruction)
|Required Courses||Course Number||Units/ CEU||Classroom|
|HVAC Control and Energy Management Systems||X473||2||Spring|
|HVAC Ductwork and Piping Systems||X470||2||Spring|
|HVAC System Design Considerations
(offered future term)
|HVAC System Load Calculations and Psychrometry||X469||2||Fall
|Electives||Course Number||Unit/ CEU||Classroom|
|Building Commissioning for LEED||X493.1||2||Fall|
|Facilities Management: Systems and Technology (offered future term)||X412.3||2|
|Implementing LEED Strategies (offered future term)||X496||1|
|Indoor Air Quality, HVAC and Green Building||X410||2||Fall
Course availability is subject to change.
To enroll, click on a course title above and choose a section.
You may enroll in individual courses without registering for the Certificate Program in HVAC.
Whether you plan, design, install or operate HVAC systems for buildings, this curriculum provides the understanding of engineering fundamentals and systems operation, as well as the knowledge of emerging issues in HVAC, you need for professional development and advancement. If you are a design engineer, plant manager, designer, contractor or architect, you can enhance your professional skills and your credentials with this certificate.
There are no prerequisites for the Certificate Program in HVAC, but a bachelor's degree is recommended.
This curriculum comprises 4 required courses (8 semester units) and 90 hours of electives (6 semester units, usually 3 courses) for a total of 14 semester units (210 hours of instruction). Candidates must pay a nonrefundable certificate registration fee.
All coursework must be completed within five years of registering for the certificate. However, requirements may be updated based on new developments in the field of study; we recommend completing the curriculum in a timely fashion. For more information, please see the completion requirements and the substitutions, waivers and transfer credit policies.
By registering, you declare your intention to complete the curriculum. To register for the Certificate Program in HVAC, submit the online registration form with your credit card information or complete the mail-in registration form. The registration fee is nonrefundable.
You should register for the certificate before you begin your third course in the curriculum.
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.
Upon successful completion of the certificate's four required courses, you receive a certificate of accomplishment from the Golden Gate Chapter of the American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the industry's leading professional organization. Contact the department for your certificate.
Robert H. Braun, PE
Robert H. Braun and Associates
Van Carey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
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