Professional Diploma of Building Services – HVAC&R

Information for employers
Information for participants

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Registrations are open for the October 2018 intake

  • The industry-dedicated program for HVAC&R specialists
  • 100 hours of HVAC&R topics – earn CPD
  • Online course delivery
  • Four key training areas
  • Fast-track your knowledge of HVAC&R


Robert Michalak speaks about the Graduate Training Program


AIRAH's accredited Professional Diploma of Building Services – HVAC&R is the definitive postgraduate training course for entrants to the HVAC&R industry. The course covers essential HVAC&R knowledge for graduates who are employed in consulting or contracting firms, but have had little exposure to the HVAC&R industry. It provides participants with a comprehensive and practical HVAC&R training for the building services environment.

The content is delivered online, with 100 hours of topics divided into four key areas: Fundamentals; Equipment and Components; Systems; and Practice and Performance.


Equipment and Components
30 hours
10 hours
  • Introduction to practice
  • Engineering fundamentals
  • Introduction to HVAC&R – system types and applicability
  • Introduction to system components
  • Psychrometry
  • Load and energy estimation
  • Comfort conditions
  • Refrigeration cycles and refrigerants
  • Chillers
  • Pumps
  • Fans
  • Heat rejection
  • Hot water heaters
  • Heat exchange equipment
  • Packaged systems
Practice and Performance
45 hours
15 hours
  • Refrigeration systems
  • Air systems
  • Water systems
  • Electrical systems
  • System control
  • Thermal storage and mass
  • Passive, mixed-mode and hybrid systems
  • System design and selection
  • Industry practice
  • Design and construction process
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Sustainability
  • Bidding and tendering
  • Estimating
  • Programming
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Commissioning and building tuning
  • Operations, maintenance and facilities management


Online learning environment

The course work will be delivered online, with 100 hours of topics divided into four key areas, outlined above.

Students will receive support throughout the course, with online classrooms, schedules for assessments and an online questions board.

Face to face

The course will also contain a two-day introduction to HVAC&R with guest speakers and a site visit. The face to face component of the program, will be confirmed closer to the beginning of the course.  


Registrations are open for the October 2018 intake.To register, please fill out the brochure and email it to

 Download the brochure

The next program will run from October 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

You must be a financial member of AIRAH to enrol in the program. Non-members can join AIRAH at the Affiliate member rate.

Registration fees
Register before August 15: $5,500 (inc GST) member; $5,815* (inc GST) non-member
Register after August 16: $6,050 (inc GST) member; $6,365* (inc GST) non-member
*Please note that price includes the cost of an Affiliate member.
Registrations for the second intake close September 15, 2018. 

Fee Includes:
  • All topic resources 
  • Face to face orientation
  • One night accommodation 
  • All meals
  • Participation in online classrooms and access to subject experts.

What do you need?

The Professional Diploma in Building Services – HVAC&R is designed for recent engineering graduates or those who have a trades background wanting to gain a better understanding of the HVAC&R design principles. You need to be competent in English, both written and verbal and be a current financial member of AIRAH.

Information for employers

The AIRAH-accredited Professional Diploma of Building Services – HVAC&R is an industry leading training program that helps recent graduates gain the HVAC&R knowledge needed to complement their work experience. The program will provide your employees with knowledge of the fundamentals of HVAC&R with assignments and case studies assessed by leading industry experts. The online learning experience means your staff will spend minimal time away from their day-to-day role, saving down-time and internal training costs. 

Information for participants

The Professional Diploma of Building Services – HVAC&R helps you fast track your knowledge of HVAC&R, making you even more valuable to employers. The program, running over 9 months, allows participants to study HVAC&R specific topics in a flexible and supportive learning environment.

“The AIRAH Professional Diploma in Building Services has been a terrific resource for greater understanding of the HVAC&R industry. It is full of information that bridges the gap between fundamental engineering knowledge and specific applications for HVAC&R engineering and building services.”

Daniel Waack, Engineer, A.G. Coombs Pty Ltd (Projects)

“I have been able to utilise the knowledge gained from the AIRAH Professional Diploma in Building Services in my workplace, starting from design development to design reviews. This course has not only given me added confidence but also has allowed me to utilise my knowledge to deliver infrastructure projects effectively and more sustainably. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in starting their career in HVAC&R. It’s a great place to start!"

Nithiya Mohan, Project Officer, Capital Facilities & Infrastructure, Department of Defence

“The AIRAH Professional Diploma in Building Services directed my tertiary studies more specifically towards the HVAC&R industry. It has also given me the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and connect with other graduates like myself.”

Jackson White, Edwards & Vickerman Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd


AIRAH is recognised as a key provider of training to the HVAC&R industry. The Professional Diploma of Building Services – HVAC&R can be used to claim CPD points.  Please refer to the AIRAH Accreditation and CPD webpage for further information.


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