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HRAI Training has provided contractors, technicians, designers and building officials with quality training for decades.  HRAI’s Technical Digest (comprised of the 7 core certification course material) is referenced in the Canadian National Building Code as best practices. 

HRAI Instructors have been an integral part in delivering HRAI course material across Canada in a calm and informative manner. We asked some of our instructors across the nation to give their thoughts and insights on what sets HRAI Training apart.



“You know, knowledge is power,” says John Harris, one of HRAI’s itinerant trainers. “Some people want to get away from the tools and get more into design or into design-build; and others are finding that the best way to set themselves apart is to just do really good installs. Others are afraid. They know that callbacks cost a lot more than doing it right the first time; so they invest in training.”

“We’re pretty unregulated in Atlantic Canada,” says trainer Dan Boyd from
Dartmouth, “So most people taking my classes aren’t thinking about standards. They’re doing it for competitive advantage.”

“We had a group up in Swift Current who only had one goal, and that was to get their people to do a better, faster job applying for permits,” says trainer Francis Belle. “So they got enough people together and we drove up there and put on a three-day workshop. We’ll go anywhere in Canada if there’s adequate demand.”

“Some people are already knowledgeable, but it’s been a while and they feel like they need a refresher,” says trainer Tom Cates. “Some people are very well informed in one area, but not in another, and they want to complement that and offer broader expertise. I think everyone in this business realizes that you’re never too old to learn and there is certainly always something new to learn.”

“There’s just so much industry change,” says Harris. “Houses are getting more efficient with better windows. The general trend is downsizing and with the modern technology, it seems to be about comfort, cycle times, and air flow, more than focusing on heat. You have to learn about the new electronics, codes, standards, heat pumps, balancing HRVs and measuring fans, doing retrofits and laying radiant pipe.”

“It’s a good thing we revamped the HVAC Equipment selection course last year, because things are changing very quickly,” says Cates. “There’s new technology coming forward all the time. Homes are becoming more energy efficient --right now I’m reviewing the new kinds of high velocity systems and design. It’s fascinating.”

“You can’t simply prescribe to the rules of thumb from yesteryear,” says Boyd. “We need to move forward with the technology. As homes get tighter, we’re responsible for what we install.”

The team offers courses in the areas below. A course description and delivery details can be found by clicking on the link at the end of this article


  • Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation – Level I
  • Residential Mechanical Ventilation Design – Level II
  • Residential Commissioning
  • Residential Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations
  • Residential Air System Design
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for Residential & Small Commercial
  • Residential Radiant Hydronics Design
  • Introduction to Residential HVAC Equipment
  • Small Commercial Heat Loss & Heat Gain Calculations  - NEW
  • Small Commercial Air System Design
  • Building Officials Guide to Understanding HVAC Building Code Requirements
  • IGSHPA Accredited Geothermal Installer Course
  • IGSHPA Certified Residential Geothermal Designer Course

Whether you want to brush up on the CSA F326 or CSA F280 standards, or make sure your geothermal system meets the requirements of ANSI/CSA C-448-2016, there’s something for everyone in the HRAI training program. We help HVAC technicians, design professionals, contractors, owners, engineers, consultants, sales and operations personnel, building officials, and plan examiners. Find out more by clicking here; because knowledge really is power.

For more information on training, please contact Angie Mantei, Education Supervisor at amantei@hrai.ca.