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Continuing Education

Hydronic Designer & Installer Certification Courses

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The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification (degree, diploma, certificate) you will earn after completing your program.

  • Degree - NAIT offers a number of business degrees and applied science and technology degrees accredited by Alberta Advanced Education.
    Applied degree programs offer a stronger emphasis on practical applications of the concepts learned in the classroom
  • Diplomas & Certificates - These credit programs take 1 or 2 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.
  • Journeyman Certificate - Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Build a fulfilling career as a hydronic designer or installer with certification from NAIT's Hydronics program!

Hydronics professionals are an important part of building systems. They work on systems of heating or cooling that use a fluid (usually water or vapour) to transfer heat or cold within a closed system of pipes. NAIT's Hydronics program will provide you with foundational knowledge of these systems, exploring topics involving solar, fuel cell and geothermal heating sources.

Each course is delivered in a self-paced, online format. You will have up to 4 months from the start date to complete each course. Courses are offered starting each month, with the option to purchase a 3-month extension.

Registrations are accepted until the day prior to the start of class. 

In this program you can select from 2 program streams:

  • Hydronic Designer
  • Hydronic Installer

A successful student can be certified as a Hydronic Designer, Hydronic Installer or both. Once you have completed all coursework and achieved grades of 70% or better on all exams, NAIT will submit your credentials to the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) for certification.

Note that different jurisdictions have different requirements regarding who is eligible to perform installations. In Alberta, you must be an apprentice plumber, steamfitter or pipefitter to install hydronic systems. 

Hydronics is an exciting and growing industry throughout North America. Employers across a wide range of industries seek out qualified people to work as hydronics designers and installers.

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 often employed by mechanical contractors. 

Plumbers and pipefitters often work towards their hydronic installer certification to enhance their skills and career options.