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Continuing Education Opportunities from the ASHRAE Learning Institute

ALI offers Learning Texts for self-study or group training with instructor materials. Texts cover the basics of what practicing engineer needs, and skill development exercises are included to evaluate progress.

Few engineers entering the HVAC&R industry have a complete understanding of HVAC&R fundamentals. Now they can learn the basics from self-directed and group learning course books. Designed to make the process easy and interesting, ASHRAE Learning Institute offers these flexible and affordable learning texts for evaluating success in HVAC&R.

Each course book includes the following:

  • Clear and concise discussion of the technical topic covered
  • Examples that show how to apply the lesson's principles
  • Skill development exercises that test students' ability to apply the newly acquired knowledge and answer sheets to assess progress in learning the material

Training Methods:

  • Self-Directed Learning

    Ideal for practicing professionals, recertificants and recent graduates

    Self-Directed Learning course books offer a convenient and flexible approach to continuing education in the HVAC&R field.

    The SDL learning format allows for review and study at your own pace and provides exercises that evaluate your progress.


    • Course book with complete set of exercises
    • Examples on how to apply the principles you've learned
    • Skill development exercises
  • Group Learning

    Ideal for companies, ASHRAE Chapters, colleges and universities

    Group learning allows you to select your own instructor for your training needs. Each course book is suitable for a series of evening or lunch time sessions, offering the practicing professional a convenient and flexible approach to continuing education.


    • Course books with complete set of exercises
    • Instructor's materials
    • PowerPoint presentation (if available)
    • Answer sheets for exercises

    *Some courses may not be available for group learning.


Single Purchases: $199 ($150 ASHRAE Member) per course book
Multiple Purchases: Contact ASHRAE for discounts to purchases of 10 or more course books.  
  ASHRAE Chapter: $99.50 per course books
  University/College: $99.50 per course books
  Company:  $159.20 per course books

  • Group Learning: Contact ASHRAE if you are interested in Group Learning for more information.
  • For more information regarding ordering and purchasing please contact ASHRAE’s Publication Department at
  • Self-Directed Learning Courses will have two (2) years from the date of purchase to be completed.

Available Course Books:

Completion Certificate and Awarding of PDHs

Those who complete the course receive a certificate designating continuing education credits. Each group learning course book typically earns continuing education credits corresponding to the number of course hours presented. Individuals are responsible for contacting their relevant governing body to determine whether an activity qualifies for that body's continuing education credits.

Textbooks and eLearning Companion Readers

These course readers can function as a stand-alone reference, or may accompany corresponding eLearning courses.

ASHRAE eLearning offers over a hundred online courses in HVAC, refrigeration, high-performance buildings, and data centers. Each allows you to train around your schedule or your employees, saving you time and travel expenses.