Hydronic Designer & Installer Certification Courses
Hydronics refers to a system of heating or cooling that uses a fluid (usually water or vapour) to transfer heat or cold in a closed system of pipes. The Hydronics program, developed by NAIT’s pipe trades group for students throughout North America, also addresses hydronics systems involving solar, fuel cell and geothermal heating sources.
There are two program streams:
- Hydronic Designer
- Hydronic Installer
Hydronics is a growth industry throughout North America. Employers in a wide range of industries and work locations seek out employees with relevant certification to work as hydronic designers, hydronic installers or both.
Your Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) certification will not only add to your theoretical and practical knowledge, but it will also help you succeed in your current employment and advance along your career path.
Hydronic designers design heating and cooling systems, and typically work for large mechanical contractors or wholesalers. Hydronic installers do installation work according to design and are typically employed by mechanical contractors.
Plumbers and pipefitters commonly work towards their hydronic installer certification to enhance their skills and career options.
Not everyone can install hydronic systems: across North America, different jurisdictions have different requirements. For example, in Alberta, you must be a journeyman or apprentice plumber, steamfitter or pipefitter to install hydronic systems.
Successful completion of a chosen stream qualifies students for certification by the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC). Students can seek certification as a hydronic designer or hydronic installer, or both. Once students have completed all coursework and attained 70% or better on all exams, NAIT submits all information to the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) for certification.
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