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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.

Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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Education & Certification

Self-Directed or Group Learning

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

Two Ways to Learn:

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
  • Answer sheets for exercises

*Some courses may not be available for group learning.



Available Course Books:

Fundamentals of Air System Design Purchase
Fundamentals of Building Operation, Maintenance, and Management Purchase
Fundamentals of Design and Control of Central Chilled-Water Plants Purchase
Fundamentals of Heating and Cooling Loads Purchase
Fundamentals of Heating Systems Purchase
Fundamentals of Psychrometrics Purchase
Fundamentals of Refrigeration Purchase
Fundamentals of Steam System Design Purchase
Fundamentals of Thermodynamics Purchase
Fundamentals of Water System Design Purchase


Self-Directed Learning:
$150 ($128 ASHRAE Member) per course book

Group Learning:
ASHRAE Chapter: $59 per course book (minimum 10)
University/College: $59 per course book (minimum 10)
Company: $79 per course book (minimum 10)

For more details, contact ASHRAE Publications Department at educopies@ashrae.org or 1-678-500-3917.

*As of January 1, 2013, you will have two (2) years from the date of purchase to complete each Self-Directed Learning Course.


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.

Fundamentals of HVAC Control Systems Purchase
Fundamentals of HVAC Systems Purchase