AIRAH student resources

As the voice of the industry, AIRAH works closely with our education partners, companies, and government to attract new talent to HVAC&R. Below you can explore our student resources and offers, which have been curated to help you in your career.

You may also be interested in watching the recording of our student engagement webinar (June 2021), offering insights into the HVAC&R industry and career pathways for students and young professionals.


Join AIRAH and directly benefit from discounted event registration, access to the latest industry resources, a meaningful connection to the HVAC&R industry, and more. We offer several member types including:

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP AIRAH’s free student membership is open to anyone studying a full-time Australian qualification (university, TAFE, apprentices, trainees).
UNDER 30 AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP This low-cost introductory membership supports new entrants to the industry as they enter the workforce.
To explore membership types and to join AIRAH, please click here.


Industry events

Full-time students studying for an Australian qualification receive discounted registration pricing to our annual conferences and forums. These events cover many topics and are a great opportunity to hear the latest news and directly network with those in the industry.

We also offer free registration to all our Industry Nights. These events happen across Australia and provide you with a chance to explore the latest HVAC&R technology and connect with exhibitors and others working in the industry.

Introductory courses

AIRAH education and professional development

If you’re just starting out in the industry, our online Air Conditioning 101 course will give you a basic understanding of how air conditioning and ventilation works in buildings. This course takes just 4–6 hours to complete and will help to familiarise you with the language and terms associated with this technology.

For recent industry entrants, the modular Professional Certificate in HVAC&R Fundamentals can help to upgrade your skills and industry knowledge – assisting in your career development. Across a selection of eight course units, you have the opportunity to learn about air and/or water system fundamentals.

The AIRAH accredited Professional Diploma in Building Services – HVAC&R is the definitive training program for the industry. It is aimed at recent engineering graduates and/or practicing trade workers. The nine-month part-time program will increase your exposure to the HVAC&R industry through comprehensive and practical training.

For more information on other HVAC&R industry training resources, please click here.

Technical resources

AIRAH’s student members receive complimentary access to a selection of our online training resources, including:

DA08 HVAC&R – An Introduction

DA08 HVAC&R – An Introduction

DA08 provides a concise overview of air conditioning systems. It describes the different systems and system components for the full range of equipment used by Australia’s air conditioning, heating and ventilation industry.

Find out about digital access to our suite of Design Application (DA) manuals

DA19 HVAC&R Maintenance

DA19 HVAC&R Maintenance

This application manual has been the definitive reference for HVAC&R maintenance in Australia for more than 20 years. It is used throughout the Australian property, facility management, and HVAC&R maintenance industries. Now in its fourth edition, DA19 has been developed with considerable industry engagement and features significant updates relating to energy efficiency, system sustainability, asset management, and the digitisation of maintenance (smart maintenance).

Explore DA19 HVAC&R Maintenance

AIRAH Technical Handbook

AIRAH Technical Handbook

The AIRAH Technical Handbook is one of the most valuable benefits of an AIRAH membership. It is regarded as the go-to resource for our industry’s professionals and practitioners.

Learn more about the AIRAH Technical Handbook

HVAC&R Nation Skills Workshop

HVAC&R Skills Workshop

Student members are also able to access our Skills Workshop library – the quintessential training resource curated with a focus on upskilling the HVAC&R trade sector.

Access the Skills Workshop library


For more information on digital access to our essential industry resources, please click here.

AIRAH also offers hard copy purchases of the Australian Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Volumes 1 and 2 by Graham Boyle, F.AIRAH. The completely revised fifth editions are one of Australia's foremost resources for training in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

Industry news

We’ll help you stay up to date with the latest news from the HVAC&R industry. AIRAH sends out constant communication with:

  • AIRAH’s Student Express – This newsletter is direct emailed to students and teachers with important industry updates and opportunities.
  • Ecolibrium – The HVAC&R industry journal offers an inside look at case studies, news, and member/company profiles.
  • HVAC&R News (publication) – Connecting the trades, this free magazine is the go-to resource for those working on the tools.
  • HVAC&R News (website) – This website is dedicated to bringing you the latest HVAC&R news.


You can also connect with AIRAH on socials:

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HVAC&R Search

Want to learn more about the companies working in the HVAC&R sector? HVAC&R Search is the definitive guide to the Australian HVAC&R industry. It’s free to explore and a great way find out about businesses and products that are relevant to your career.

HVAC&R Search

Scholarships, awards, and prizes

AIRAH sponsors and supports a variety of scholarships, awards, and prizes for the HVAC&R industry. This includes the annual AIRAH Awards, recognising excellence and achievement in Australian building services.

As a student, you may be interested in submitting an AIRAH Award nomination for a category such as:

  • Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research
  • Student of the Year – Trade
  • Future Leader