Air Conditioning 101

Course overview
Target audience


This online course has been designed to offer a basic understanding of how air conditioning and ventilation works in buildings, and to familiarise you with the language and terms associated with this technology. Air conditioning and ventilation in buildings 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.

The installation, operation and maintenance of air conditioning and ventilation in buildings 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.

Air conditioning 101 is an easy-to-access online course that uses animations to help explain concepts, and a self-test framework to measure progress. Options for further reading are also provided. At completion, a course summary can be downloaded to provide a useful reference.

General course information 

Air Conditioning 101 has been re-developed to offer participants a better educational experience. The new release was introduced in April 2018, six years after the original version.

Delivery method: Online delivery – start anytime

Length: 4–6 hours over one month

Single registration – AIRAH member $165 (including GST), non-member $220 (including GST)
Five or more registrations – AIRAH member $150 per registration (including GST), non-member $200 per registration (including GST)

Either register online or fill out the registration form on the course brochure below. 

Once you register and pay the course fee, within 48 hours you will be sent your username and password to access the course. You will be able to access the course for a month.
Download the brochure



Topics include:

  • Air conditioning – the basics
  • Buildings and air conditioning
  • How air conditioning systems work
  • The 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.


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