Professional Certificate in HVAC&R Fundamentals


AIRAH's accredited Professional Certificate in HVAC&R Fundamentals is an opportunity to fast-track your HVAC&R technical knowledge and skills through online learning. It can also build on your existing industry experience to provide in-depth technical insight.

This program consists of eight units. Each unit offers detailed information about the workings of HVAC&R equipment.

Completion of the full Fundamentals program will take approximately 30–48 total hours, but students may design and complete their own programs across the eight available units, relevant to their own interests and needs. Individual units involve approximately 5–8 hours of activity.

General program information


Delivery method:


5–8 hours hours of activity per unit


8 course units

Participants are required to demonstrate their competency and understanding through knowledge assessment tasks (including self-assessment questions, quizzes and calculations.)

There is a maximum of six weeks to complete each unit.


Program choices

The Professional Certificate in HVAC&R Fundamentals is designed so each unit can be undertaken separately, as preferred. Participants are able to:

  • Take individual units to upgrade specific skills.
  • Successfully finish all eight units to complete the HVAC&R Fundamentals program.
  • Complete four units comprising either the Air Systems Fundamental Certificate or the Water Systems Fundamental Certificate.

Professional Certificate in HVAC&R Fundamentals – Air and Water Systems Air System Fundamentals Certificate Water System Fundamentals Certificate
Air Filters in HVAC&R  
Duct System Design for HVAC  
Fans in HVAC&R and Industrial Ventilation  
Psychrometric Theory and Processes  
Cooling Towers – Installation, Operation and Maintenance – new in 2019
Cooling Towers – Selection – new in 2019  
Pumps – General Pump Characteristics – new in 2019  
Pumps – Pump Selection and Application – new in 2019  


Upon successful completion of a unit or units within this program, candidates will receive a letter of completion outlining CPD hours and unit(s) completed.

Candidates who successfully complete all eight units will also receive a program certificate.




This course is designed for

  • Graduate mechanical engineers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel 
  • Practitioners involved in the design and/or day-to-day operations of HVAC&R systems.

Why enrol?

  • Whether you’re a recent industry entrant or a seasoned professional, this program and its individual courses can upgrade your skills and industry knowledge, assisting you with your career development.



$440 members and $660 non-members


$1,600 members and $2,480 non-members ($400 and $620 per course)


$2,880 members and $4,640 non-members ($360 and $580 per course)

AIRAH members receive discounted rates on all our education programs, as well as access to industry-essential DA manuals and other benefits.

Explore membership options


Registrations will be accepted from January 7, 2019. Please download and complete the registration form and email it to for processing. 


Please call AIRAH on (03) 8623 3000 or email for more information.