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About the HVAC Systems Design and Control Program

This program provides a focused, concentrated study of the latest available technology in the design, calculation, and practical applications of Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems. Classes focus on various HVAC systems and components, their advantages and disadvantages, and their relative energy consumption. The coursework also emphasizes the merit of energy analysis and methods of savings through innovation in HVAC design for today’s smart, green buildings.

Each course starts with the fundamentals followed by practical application, real life examples, and the most common design solutions. The curriculum emphasizes on the latest critical do’s and don’ts and accepted rules of-thumb checks in the field of HVAC and DDC systems.

Program Highlights:

Students should have a desire to learn concepts in Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and have familiarity with computers.

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  • The program is designed to provide an outstanding means of professional advancement for those who are directly or indirectly involved with HVAC systems, facility engineering and building automation challenges.
  • Students who complete this certificate will understand the fundamentals of HVAC and DDC system design and can apply such principals in real-world scenarios.
  • Students will understand Net-Zero Energy and Smart Building Automation after completing this curriculum
Who Will Benefit:
  • Those seeking professional advancement as an HVAC designer or engineering, recent engineering graduates, facility engineers, or anyone involved with HVAC systems. This program is highly recommended for those taking the Mechanical Professional Engineering exam.

Frank Shadpour is a Registered Mechanical Professional Engineer with over 30 years of extensive experience in energy efficiency and sustainable mechanical design. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) and has a Master’s degree from the University of Redlands, California. Mr. Shadpour is also an ACG Certified Commissioning Authority; an USGBC LEED Accredited Professional; an ASPE Certified Plumbing Designer; a CSI Certified Construction Specifier; and an ASHRAE Healthcare Facility Design Professional.

An active member in both the professional and academic communities, Mr. Shadpour is an ASHRAE Fellow and a past President of the ASHRAE San Diego Chapter. He currently serves as the Program Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee, TC1.4, “Control Theory and Application”. He has also served as an Instructor of “HVAC Design & Control” courses at the University of California, San Diego since 1987.

Beginning his career as a HVAC technician at an early age, Mr. Shadpour has a great deal of experience in the start-up, troubleshooting, and servicing of HVAC and control systems. He currently serves as the President of SC Engineers, a leading engineering and planning firm in Southern California, providing environmentally responsive and technologically advanced solutions for a variety of facility types. To learn more, please visit the firm website at

Format: In-Person, Online

Three courses are taught in-class (only), Two courses are taught online (only)

Estimated Cost: $3,370

Excludes textbooks

Duration: 18 Months

Courses may be taken in any sequence

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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 Networking DesignAMES-40139

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HVAC DDC Networking DesignThis advanced course focuses on the latest available technology and practical scenarios of communication and networking between direct digital control (DDC) controllers and D...

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HVAC Design CalculationsAMES-40019

Units: 3.00


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

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HVAC DDC BasicsAMES-40170

Units: 2.00


HVAC DDC BasicsCovering the basics of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Direct Digital Controls (DDC), this course enables students to understand the fundamentals of HVAC DDC systems de...

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HVAC DDC System DesignAMES-40000

Units: 3.00


HVAC DDC System DesignThis practical course covering Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Direct Digital Control (DDC) system design provides a simple approach for the design of HVAC D...

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HVAC Systems DesignAMES-40021

Units: 3.00


During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our Spring and Sum...

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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

Associate 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.