Gordon Ludwick
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Certificate Program in HVAC
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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.


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 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 $4,875–$5,285 (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 extension-techeng@berkeley.edu 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.

Additional Information

ASHRAE Certificate

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.

Advisory Board

Dr. Stefano Schiavon
Associate Professor of Architecture
UC Berkeley

Mark Hydeman, PE
Facilities Engineering Program Manager
Google, 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

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