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About the HVAC Systems Design and Control Program


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  • Live Online
  • In-Person
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • Number of Courses: Five required courses
  • Total Units: 12

HVAC courses may be taken in any order. If you do not have any HVAC experience, it is recommended that you start with HVAC DDC Basics.

HVAC DDC BasicsAMES-40170

Units: 2.00


Covering the basics of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioningdirect digital controls this course enables students to understand the fundamentals of HVAC DDC system design. The course emphasizes cri...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Summer

HVAC Design CalculationsAMES-40019

Units: 3.00


Green Buildings and HVAC Design Energy efficiency and sustainable design are critical components of today s smart, green buildings. This practical course covers the fundamental calculations required ...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall

HVAC DDC Networking DesignAMES-40139

Units: 1.00


This advanced course focuses on the latest available technologyand practical scenarios of communication and networking between direct digital control (DDC) controllers and DDC systems. The course also...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Winter

HVAC DDC System DesignAMES-40000

Units: 3.00


HVAC DDC System DesignThis practical course provides a simple approach to the design of HVAC direct digital control (DDC) systems and enables students to understand and design various types of control...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Spring

HVAC Systems DesignAMES-40021

Units: 3.00


Review the pros and cons of the latest energy efficient HVAC systemsincluding variable air volume, chilled beam, positive displacement, ventilation, variable refrigerant flow, natural ventilation, and...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered: Fall
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this program be completed entirely online?

This is a hybrid program. Three courses are hands-on and in-class only. Two courses are offered online only. We are currently using Canvas as our online Learning Management System. While students do not get access to their respective courses until the first day of the course, we encourage students who are new to Canvas to click on the following link to Canvas and Take the free tour of Canvas.
For more information on class formats you can click on each course in the matrix above. Classes in the matrix depict quarter and format (online or in-class) courses are offered.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The certificate and course fees are the same for all students.

All required courses, which are in-person classes, must be taken on site in San Diego. Online classes can be taken from anywhere in the world.

If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at or (858) 534-6784.

How do I enroll in a course?

To enroll into a class, click on the class link in the matrix and that will take you to that course page. There you can find a course description, prerequisites, and the start date for that course. To enroll in the course click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process.

How long is this program?

Students typically complete the program within eighteen (18) months. The program schedule allows students to take one course per quarter. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.

If I already have the skills taught in one of the required courses can I skip that course?

If you have taken a course from an accredited university covering the learning objectives of a required or elective course, you may be able to transfer a total of one class per certificate to Extension. You may send your request along with details about how the class at your accredited university is equivalent to our Extension course. Attach an electronic transcript and send your email to

If you have not taken a course elsewhere, but already have the skills covered in a course, you may be able to substitute an alternate Extension course in its place. Send your request to substitute one of the program courses to In your request, indicate which course you would like to take and which course it would substitute. Include how a substitution may better meet your professional or employment needs. The class should align with the overall student learning outcomes of this certificate. As previously mentioned only one waiver total can be granted per certificate. Requests for these considerations require departmental approval. Contact to make a request or for additional information.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable document under "Related Documents" on the right side and top of this page titled "Frequently Asked Questions." This document should anser any questions you have about the program. If you have any remaining questions after reading this document in its entirety please email

Advisory Board

Jackie Johnson

Project Executive


Jan Kleissl

Professor, Environmental Engineering

UC San Diego

Jacky Ly

Engineering Team Lead


Frank Shadpour, MS

CEO - SCEngineers

Instructor - UC San Diego Extension

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.