“…SkillTech offered excellent training and adapted the delivery to meet the specific needs of our state and the target audience.”
Tim Lenahan, Residential Program Manager for the Ohio Department of Development




“This was the best course I have ever taken. It was good to see an instructor having real experience with the facts and figures to back it up.”
Patrick MacBride, Building Inspector for the City of Westlake




“Of the dozens of workshops I have attended over the past eight years, the HRAI Ventilation program ranks among the best. Excellent instruction, great classroom materials and a very thorough course manual make this a real must for the Ventilation Professional.”
Joseph Nagan, Independent Consultant, Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Training & Development

SkillTech 2016/2017 Schedule

Eastern Canada | Ontario | Western Canada

To register by either fax or mail please complete a Registration Form and forward to HRAI or you can register on-line.

SkillTech Academy, the Education Division of the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) offers a variety of residential and commercial courses for the advancement of its members’ business and technical excellence. The completion of evening assignments is an important component of all HRAI SkillTech Academy courses. For additional information e-mail SkillTech.

Residential

Recertification for Heat Loss Heat Gain

Mechanical Ventilation Installation – Level I

This 3-day course is based on Canadian Building Codes and the CSA F-326 Standard ‘Residential Mechanical Ventilation Requirements’.
This course covers the installation and commissioning practices for all types of mechanical ventilation systems with or without heat/energy recovery, house as a system principles and basic ventilation system design.

The Best Part:
Graduates of this course will be eligible to attend the Residential Mechanical Ventilation Level II: Design course.

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Mechanical Ventilation Design - Level II

This 3-day course is based on Canadian Building Codes and the CSA F-326 Standard ‘Residential Mechanical Ventilation Requirements’. HRAI requires that participants have successfully completed Mechanical Ventilation Level 1: Installation course.
Level 2 focuses on the actual design of the ventilation system including duct design methods. Instructors will cover detailed design methods for depressurization prediction (design), depressurization testing, duct design (ventilation systems), and outdoor air connections to forced warm air systems.

The Best Part:
Graduates of this course will obtain a detailed overview of the ventilation requirements for designing and installing ventilation equipment as noted in the National Building Code and CSA F-326.

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Mechanical Ventilation Installation (U.S. only)

This course is designed for contractors and building professionals interested in developing opportunities in the growing residential ventilation market, in addition to those currently involved with designing and installing residential mechanical ventilation systems, including energy recovery ventilators. The course covers the fundamentals of air quality assessment, system requirements, and focuses specifically on system design and installation. Course participants receive the complete HRAI Residential Mechanical Ventilation Manual, as endorsed by the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI). Those who achieve 75% or higher on the exam will obtain HRAI certification. This course qualifies for 16 hours of continuing education credits towards NATE recertification, and is "BPI-Recognized" training and qualifies for 16 hours of continuing education hours for individuals certified as a BPI Heating Specialist.

What people are saying about HRAI's Residential Mechanical Ventilation Training (PDF. Opens in new window)

View the course agenda (PDF. Opens in new window). If your company/association is interested in this training, please contact HRAI's Angie Mantei at 1-800-267-2231 Ext. 237.

Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations

This 4-day course is based on the new CSA standard F-280-12 “Determining the Required Capacity of Residential Space Heating and Cooling Appli­ances” a nationally recognized standard which is referenced by all Canadian Building Codes.
This course takes students through step by step calculations to help them determine the required or appropriate appliances after understanding the heat loss and heat gain in building envelope. The calculation includes examining above and below grade HLHG, air leakage and ventilation and the influence that people, appliances and window shading have on the system.

The Best Part:
With the successful completion of this course, participants will be recognized by municipal building officials and plans examiners for having the technical competency needed to perform residential load calculations and select the appropriate HVAC appliances.

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Air System Design

This revised 4-day course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain course. HRAI recommends that individuals interested in attending this course have prior knowledge of residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations.

Participants are taken through a series of theoretical and practical exercises to understand the proper methods of residential air distribution systems designs. This includes layouts and design of duct systems, sizing of supply and return air ducts, and grills. Walk away with real world installation options including worksheets to ease the design process.

The Best Part:
This course is invaluable to persons installing and designing new or modifying existing air distribution systems in residential buildings.

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Integrated Combo Systems

This 2-day course will take the student through the basic theory, design selection, installation and commissioning of Integrated Combination Systems, which use domestic hot water heaters in conjunction with pre-packaged air handlers for residential space heating and potable hot water. HRAI recommends that individuals interested in attending this course have prior knowledge of residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain and Air System Design.

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Commissioning

This 2-day course will instruct participants on the proper commissioning (start-up) of residential HVAC air and water systems. The course will cover the following topics: flows and pressures within a forced air or hydronic system, ventilation system commissioning and house depressurization.

HRAI recommends that individuals interested in attending this course have prior training in residential Mechanical Ventilation, Heat Loss & Heat Gain and Air System Design.

The Best Part:
This course will be invaluable to those installing, servicing and commissioning new or existing residential mechanical systems.

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Radiant Hydronics Design

This 4-day certification program concentrates on how to design basic residential radiant hydronic heating systems. HRAI strongly recommends individuals attending this course have prior knowledge of residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations and experience in calculating friction losses in ducts or pipes.

Learn how to convert heat load calculations into water flow rates and fluid temperatures, pipe sizes, flow velocities, head losses, surface temperatures, floor coverings, tube spacing and controls.

The Best Part:
This course will be invaluable to persons installing and designing new or modifying existing hot water radiant heating systems in residential buildings.

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for Residential & Small Commercial (NEW)

This 2-day course introduces participants to the basic concepts of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), reviewing contaminants/air pollutants and the elements of house and small commercial construction, including their effects on ventilation.

Instructors will discuss proper design and control of IAQ including how to operate and maintain buildings, mechanical and electrical systems to ensure good indoor environmental quality.

Attendees will receive an overview of instrument categories/test and sampling kits to solve IAQ problems and learn the systematic process of engaging in an indoor environmental quality survey.

The Best Part:

The IAQ course is structured as an interactive format, where students participate in workshops and complete various assignments based on existing codes, standards, guidelines and established good practice.

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Small Commercial Training Courses

Heat Gain & Heat Loss Calculations

his 3-day course instructs participants in proper calculation of small commercial heat gains and heat losses, and applies to buildings of up to 3 stories and 600 square metres per storey. Specific topics discussed are: ventilation and infiltration requirements, solar heat gains, peak time of day, outside and inside design conditions, heat transmission through structural components, occupancy loads, heat gain from inside sources and humidification.

The Best Part:

Graduates of this course will be able to perform load design calculations for their customers who are involved in small commercial applications.

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Air System Design

This 3-day course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in the small commercial Heat Gain & Heat Loss Calculations course. Participants will learn to properly design commercial air distribution systems for applications of up to 3 stories and 600 square metres per storey. The course provides instruction on such topics as fan laws, duct types and their configurations, air distribution methods, layout and design of low velocity duct systems, design methods, air delivery systems and fire damper installation. Also covered is the sizing of supply and return air ducts, including the proper selection of supply and return registers and grilles, C.F.M calculations, external static pressure and sheet metal fittings. Please note: A-Duct-A-Lator is recommended for this course.

The Best Part:

Graduates of this course will have the opportunity to learn about small commercial requirements associated with properly designed commercial air distribution systems.

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