Understanding HVAC Systems


If you are taking this course to get NATE credits, please register through our training partner, HVACRedu.

Course Overview

Understanding HVAC Systems (HVAC1) covers the fundamentals of how fuel is converted into energy, the types of space heating and cooling systems typically found in North American homes, and current ventilation system requirements for new construction.

Each of the 3 modules has a quiz at the end. You need at least a 70% grade in the quiz at the end of each module to proceed to the next (there is no limit on quiz attempts). There is no final exam on this course.  

Anyone in the home renovation or new construction industry can benefit from BHE’s online training. Busy people need easy access to CEUs. Learn in bite-size pieces!

Download the Course Description & Outline

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how mechanical systems are used to maintain comfort levels in a house

  • Describe the most common fuel and energy sources in houses

  • Describe the factors involved in carrying out heat loss and heat gain calculations

  • Describe the most common space heating and cooling equipment options for new construction

  • Describe common delivery systems and controls for space heating and cooling

  • Explain the need for mechanical ventilation in new and existing houses

  • Describe the requirements of the prevailing Ventilation Standard

  • Distinguish between types of mechanical ventilation systems

Course Details

  • HVAC takes about 3 hours to complete (including review time and quizzes)

  • Like all BHE courses, you have access for a full 12 months.

  • The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. It works on tablets, but it’s really hard to see all the detail on a phone!

  • Sales within Canada are subject to GST/HST

Completing this course qualifies you for:

BC Housing: 5 Continuing Professional Development Points

BPI: 5 Continuing Education Credits

NATE: 3 Continuing Education Hours

NAHB: 1 hour Continuing Education for CAPS, CGA, CGB, CGP, CGR, GMB, GMR, Master CGP