AIRAH Air Conditioning 101

Air Conditioning 101

This online course offers a basic understanding of how air conditioning and ventilation works in buildings. It will help to familiarise you with the language and terms associated with the technology.

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About this course

Air Conditioning 101 is an easy-to-access, interactive online course that includes animations and self-testing. Options for further reading are also provided.

Following completion of this course, a summary of material is available for download as a useful reference.

  • Air conditioning – the basics
  • Buildings and air conditioning
  • How air conditioning systems work
  • Different types of air conditioning and system components
  • Fire and smoke control
  • Air conditioning and the environment
  • New air conditioning technologies
  • Air conditioning industry
  • Climate zones and climate change
  • Maintaining air conditioning and ventilation systems
  • Regulations and compliance
  • Documenting and reporting
This course is designed for...
  • Anyone without a technical background who needs an introduction to HVAC
  • People new to the industry
  • Facility managers
  • Building operations staff
  • Air conditioning sales staff
  • Administration staff
  • Apprentices and trainees
  • Graduate engineers


online delivery
Delivery method
online – start anytime

online delivery
Course length
4–6 hours

Following registration, participants will have one month to complete the course.

Why enrol?

Air conditioning and building ventilation form an essential part of modern life. Its operation impacts personal comfort; health and safety; the condition of the building and its contents; and the external environment. Air conditioning and ventilation systems consume significant amounts of energy and contain materials that can be harmful.

Installation, operation, and maintenance is regulated by a range of laws, regulations, and duty-of-care expectations. Owning and operating air conditioning and ventilation has financial implications that require management.

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Air Conditioning 101 is an ongoing online course. Participants may start at any time and complete the course at their own pace over a one month period.

You can register for Air Conditioning 101 online, via this page.

You will be sent a username and password to access the online course following registration and payment. Please note access may take up to 48 hours to come through.

Register for Air Conditioning 101

Alternatively, please complete the registration form and return it to [email protected]

Course fees

AIRAH members
single registration
$165 / per person
(group registration for five or more people)

single registration
$220 / per person
(group registration for five or more people)

Pricing includes GST.
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