Continuing Education

Hydronic Designer & Installer Certification Courses


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification you will earn after completing your program.

  • Certificate Achievement - An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Certificate Completion - A non-credit program that has no formal summative assessment component and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • 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.

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

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.

Delivery Options

Each course is delivered in a self-paced, online format.


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. 

Career Opportunities

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. 


Dave Hughes, BEd.

Dave Hughes, BEd.

Dave Hughes is a Technical Advisor at CIPH. He has over 40 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry.

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