On Campus Courses

HVAC Fundamentals

Instructor-led course (209)

Course description

HVAC Fundamentals provides a foundational understanding of HVAC systems, controls, diagnostic testing and evaluation of efficiency performance, and Combustion Safety evaluation and recommendations. The class curriculum is suitable for weatherization crews and those seeking a better understanding of heating systems.

The class focuses on a variety of heating systems and how to properly test for their safe and efficient operation. Hands-on practice with these systems in our HVAC Lab and Diagnostic Houses is a core component of this class. Students will take a written test, delivered through our Learning Management System (LMS), and a hands-on test to demonstrate their understanding of how to evaluate HVAC systems for safety and efficiency. Upon passing these tests, each student receives a certificate of completion.

Course objectives

  • Understand why we work on heating systems
  • Recognize different heating systems and fuel types being used
  • Inspect and test draft of different venting systems
  • Perform duct distribution diagnostic tests
  • Perform a worst case CAZ depressurization test
  • Perform combustion safety and efficiency testing
  • Explain safety and efficiency improvement
  • Use lab experience to give students a practical understanding of the lessons being taught

Skills you'll take home

  • Heating system identification
  • Worst case draft testing
  • Efficiency analysis
  • HVAC diagnostic testing
  • Basic troubleshooting
  • Vent sizing
  • Heat pump operation
  • Combustion air calculations
  • And much, much more!


This is a lecture-lab course. Topics will be presented in a classroom setting and then followed up with student involvement in the lab. The class will be geared toward little or no previous training in the field. Student participation is very important. Testing for this course will involve both a written and field practical.

Grading criteria and passing score

The exam consists of two sections: one written and one hands-on. Students must pass each section with an 80% score or higher. If a student does not pass a section, he or she will be allowed to retake that particular section in accordance with CHP Energy Solutions Research and Training's retesting policy.

Grading plan

  • 35 points(28 points to pass)
    Written Section
  • 35 points(28 points to pass)
    CAZ Hands-on Section

BPI Continuing Education Units


Course cost


November 11, 2019 at 8:30 am to November 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Location: 550 Industrial Dr, Christiansburg, VA 24073
Cost: $1,825.00
Credit hours: 32.00
BPI units: 16.00
Space is available

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