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Quality First™ Training Courses

Setting Minimum Standards for the Heating, Ventilating and Cooling Trade in British Columbia

TECA's respected Quality First™ training programs are developed by the industry, for the industry, setting minimum standards for the residential and light commercial heating, ventilating and cooling trade in British Columbia. Our courses provide contractors the information they need to install equipment that operates safely and comfortably at rated efficiencies. Quality First™ numbers for Forced Air, Hydronic Systems Design, Ventilation and HRV are required by regulatory authorities in an increasing number of municipalities throughout the province.

English Comprehension

In response to concerns from TECA instructors, students' opportunities for success may be compromised in classes where there are difficulties with the English language, both spoken and written. In these classes, instructors struggle to meet the needs of all students, and student learning may be impacted negatively. Suggesting a minimum level of English proficiency is a step TECA is taking to improve our students experience. All students must retain a level of English proficiency that will allow them to comprehend the TECA materials, take part in classroom discussions and complete a written examination without the assistance of a translator. This language requirement ensures that all students will have the opportunity for success with TECA Quality First Courses.

Age Restrictions

TECA's Suite of Quality First Training is open to all registrants but registrants must be 18 years of age to become certified.

TECA courses are offered in spring and fall in the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Vancouver Island and may be held in varying locations based on demand. As of May 2020, we are also now offering on-line training while still maintaining the integrity of our certification. Seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Cancellation Policy

TECA training courses require a minimum number of participants. If course minimums are not met by the registration deadline advertised, TECA reserves the right to cancel the session. Registrants will be notified of the next available session in their area.
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PHOTO ID is required for all examinable courses. Identification must be current and one of the following:

  • Valid Canadian Drivers' License
  • Canadian Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status

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Member Pricing

TECA members enjoy discounts on training! All employees of TECA member companies (see Current Member Listing) receive the member price listed for courses, as well as for manuals and software. Course registrants can opt to join TECA on the registration form to qualify for the discount.

Meet the Instructors

The demand for our Quality First™ courses is growing and TECA instructors put their years' of industry knowledge and expertise to a good use.

To register, choose from the following list of courses, then view the upcoming courses schedule.

ATTENTION: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TECA is taking precautionary measures to protect our Quality First course registrants and instructors from any further risks associated with this virus.

We are postponing all in class Quality First courses scheduled until further notice.

SPECIAL NOTE:  WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT REGISTRANTS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FLEXIBLE ON-LINE TRAINING COURSES ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS DELIVERY METHOD OVERALL.

REGISTER TO ATTEND ON-LINE


We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of in-class training may have caused; however, these are unique circumstances and the health and safety of our registrants and instructors is of the utmost importance. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

TECA's Updated Quality First™ Forced Air Guidelines course includes basic Heat Loss Heat Gain theory, appliance selection, duct layout and sizing. Appliance selection is done using a printout of "Results Pages" from an example calculated by Teca's new heat loss, heat gain software. The course covers requirements for furnaces, A/C coils, and heat pumps including a new appliance selection sheet for Variable capacity Heat Pumps without auxiliary heat. Duct layout & sizing to selected equipment capacity for standard and low-pressure systems. The updated manual includes instructions for checking External Static Pressure, checking pressure drop across fittings and preferred furnace room duct configurations. A "Best Practice" installation chapter has been added and graphics have been updated including common culprit fittings found in systems. Successful participants of the 16-hour course receive a registered number on a certificate and wallet card.

PLEASE NOTE: All those certified in Forced Air with an "HP" at the end of their certification number are still current and are NOT required to take the revised Forced Air class. Example of certification number 2019-0101-HP. It is important, however, to renew your Forced Air number with TECA every 2 years.

 PHOTO ID is required for all examinable courses.

Identification must be current and one of the following:

  • Valid Canadian Drivers’ License
  • Canadian Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status

 

The BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services recognizes and approves TECA's Quality First Forced Air course for Professional Development Points.

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Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 286 times and 1,916 industry professionals completed it.

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ATTENTION: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TECA is taking precautionary measures to protect our Quality First course registrants and instructors from any further risks associated with this virus.

We are postponing all in class Quality First courses scheduled until further notice.

SPECIAL NOTE:  WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT REGISTRANTS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FLEXIBLE ON-LINE TRAINING COURSES ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS DELIVERY METHOD OVERALL.

REGISTER TO ATTEND ON-LINE: https://www.teca.ca/quality-first-courses-offered.php?id=8&online=Yes


We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of in-class training may have caused; however, these are unique circumstances and the health and safety of our registrants and instructors is of the utmost importance. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

To those that have paid and registered for Quality First training during this timeframe, the TECA office will be reaching out to you with respect to issuing you a refund or credit on your account.

The course is intended to help participants perform accurate and code-compliant heat loss and heat gain calculations. The BC Building Code calls for CSA F280-12 for calculation of heat loss and heat gain, for Part 9 buildings. The TECA Heat Loss / Gain software has been designed to give users an accurate and simple way to calculate heating and cooling loads by the CSA F280-12 calculation methods.

The training manual elaborates on the dynamics of heat loss and heat gain. It is critical that users of the software understand what inputs are required by the software. The TECA Heat Loss / Heat Gain software comes with a comprehensive users manual for applying the software accurately.  

  • Heat loss and heat gain for rooms; by CSA-prescribed calculation methods, and by applying the TECA software
  • Heat loss and heat gain for the building; by CSA-prescribed calculation methods, and by applying the TECA software
  • Minimum heating and cooling system requirements
  • Heating and cooling loads can be easily transferred to the TECA Hydronics or Forced Air software

Participants of this 1-day course will receive a Certificate of Completion.  There is no exam.

IMPORTANT

Heat Loss / Heat Gain Software is not included in the course price. Please visit this link to purchase the software and have it downloaded to a laptop to attend the course: Heat Loss / Gain Software

Special Note: If you are attending this course IN PERSON (Not On-Line) with a COMPLIMENTARY CODE registration – you will receive a temporary version of the software at class.

Everyone must have a laptop to attend the course. Software is not presently available for MAC users. If you do have a MAC, you must have a partition in Mac to run Windows Software. The Heat Loss / Gain software is designed to run on one computer only. The computer that is used to install the software from the TECA web site will be the only computer capable of running it. Note: If you do not want to download to your laptop our instructor can provide you with a temporary copy of the software to use during class. You are still required to bring a laptop to class.

The BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services recognizes and approves TECA's Quality First Forced Air course for Professional Development Points.

PHOTO ID is required for all examinable courses.

Identification must be current and one of the following:

  • Valid Canadian Drivers’ License
  • Canadian Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status
Register

Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 40 times and 226 industry professionals completed it.

Quality First™ Contractors

ATTENTION: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TECA is taking precautionary measures to protect our Quality First course registrants and instructors from any further risks associated with this virus.

We are postponing all in class Quality First courses scheduled until further notice.

SPECIAL NOTE:  WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT REGISTRANTS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FLEXIBLE ON-LINE TRAINING COURSES ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS DELIVERY METHOD OVERALL.

REGISTER TO ATTEND ON-LINE: https://www.teca.ca/quality-first-courses-offered.php?id=7&online=Yes


We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of in-class training may have caused; however, these are unique circumstances and the health and safety of our registrants and instructors is of the utmost importance. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

To those that have paid and registered for Quality First training during this timeframe, the TECA office will be reaching out to you with respect to issuing you a refund or credit on your account.

TECA's Quality First Heat Recovery Ventilator course encompasses the proper design, installation, and commissioning and balancing of a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) or an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV). This course expands on the BC Building Code 9.32 and 9.36 requirements, and participants will leave with a comfortable understanding of the function and purpose of a balanced ventilation system.

  • Includes instruction and examples for applying two of the four acceptable ventilation systems described in the BC Building Code:
    1. HRV with dedicated ventilation ductwork, and
    2. HRV integrated with a forced-air heating system.
  • Includes checklists:
    1. System Design
    2. Installation
    3. Balancing & Commissioning

This course provides instruction to ensure that participants have the skills and knowledge to design, install and balance an HRV/ERV principal ventilation system. Manuals include technical information and documents necessary to meet requirements of Municipal Inspection Authorities. Successful participants will receive a registered number on a certificate, a wallet card and stamp.

NOTE: Course fees include 6 hours of instruction, the 2-hour exam, and the Quality First™ HRV/ERV manual, provided at the start of class. Software is not included

PLEASE NOTE THAT CURRENT VENTILATION CERTIFICATION IS A PREREQUSITE TO THIS COURSE.

IMPORTANT ENFORCEMENT REMINDER FROM THE CITY OF VANCOUVER:

The HRV stamp will be required for issued new home applications or permits that are subject to the 2019 Vancouver Building By-law (VBBL), which came into effect November 1st 2019. That means projects with permits issued before this date, or are otherwise subject to the 2014 VBBL will not require the stamp. 

  • An HRV installation checklist to confirm acceptable sizing and installation
  • An HRV commissioning checklist to confirm acceptable operation
  • The checklists must be the most recent version developed by an approved industry organization such as TECA
  • Each HRV checklist will require a valid HRV course stamp from an approved industry course provider such as TECA.

*HRV is meant to represent either an HRV or ERV

The BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services recognizes and approves TECA's Quality First Heat Recovery Ventilator Design & Installation course for Professional Development Points.

PLEASE NOTE THAT you will be asked for Photo ID prior to writing the exam.

Identification must be current and one of the following:

  • Valid Canadian Drivers License
  • Canadian Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status
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Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 40 times and 288 industry professionals completed it.

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UPDATED HYDRONIC DESIGN COURSE READY FOR DELIVERY JANUARY 2021

TECA's Hydronic Systems Design manual with Hydronic & Combo Guidelines forms the basis of our Registered Designer program. Trains those working with hot water heating to properly design a residential hot water heating system to meet the guidelines established by the Residential Hot Water Heating Association of BC. Quality First™ Registered Hydronic Designers receive a numbered certificate, wallet card and stamp for submitting system drawings from the Guidelines to inspection authorities. These Guidelines are used in conjunction with the TECA Hydronics Systems Design Manual when designing systems. The drawings in these guidelines are approved boiler room and system layouts and are used by many BC authorities having jurisdiction for inspections of hydronic installations.

36 hour course
Quality First™ Registered Hydronic Designers receive a numbered certificate, wallet card and optional stamp for submitting system drawings from the Guidelines to inspection authorities.

Manual covers the entire design process, including:

  • Review of Heat Loss Calculations based on F280 design course. (Note applicants should have taken F280 Heatloss course prior to enrolling in the System Design Course.)
  • Radiant Floor and Snow Melt Panel Design Layout
  • Pump Sizing and ECM Pump Applications
  • Expansion Tank Sizing

Piping Systems and Near Boiler Piping Applications:

  • Basic Electrical Wiring Diagrams and Schematics
  • Equipment Selection Information
  • Commissioning Checklist Information
  • Appendix and Glossary

NOTE: Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency:

This section has been signed into law for all permits pulled after December 19th. No Longer will it be legal to run heating ducts up exterior walls.

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Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 123 times and 2,102 industry professionals completed it.

Quality First™ Contractors

ATTENTION: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TECA is taking precautionary measures to protect our Quality First course registrants and instructors from any further risks associated with this virus. We are postponing all in class Quality First courses scheduled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of in-class training may have caused; however, these are unique circumstances and the health and safety of our registrants and instructors is of the utmost importance. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

To those that have paid and registered for Quality First training during this timeframe, the TECA office will be reaching out to you with respect to issuing you a refund or credit on your account.


Principles of Moving Air (POMA) was totally revised January 2019 with 50+ new photos and drawings. POMA was developed to provide an in-depth explanation of how air moves through a duct system. This course will be a benefit to everyone working in the New, Retrofit or Repair portions of the industry. It was developed to give those who are designing or installing duct systems the ability to create quiet, efficient systems which deliver the required volumes while using the least fan energy. Today, furnaces, heat pumps and ventilation systems require larger volumes of air to be moved. Duct fitting shape, the number of fittings, air filters, coils all contribute to reduced flow in ductwork.

Air filters and their installation are covered thoroughly. The course teaches how to measure current duct system volume and how to calculate the future air flow capacity of the system. A must for retrofit applications. Students learn the relationships of pressure, pressure drop, volume, velocity and power and then will be shown these concepts in practice via demonstrations with our scale model. The knowledge gained of how to incorporate these components and concepts efficiently into a duct system is invaluable.

Successful participants of this 18-hour course will receive a wallet card and certificate along with a whole new perspective on duct design and further be one step closer to qualifying for ‘the soon to be adopted’ TECA Forced Air Designer Certificate.

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Are you ready to take this course?

There is some basic math required to complete this course. While not math intensive, POMA does assume an ability to do multiplication, division, squares and square roots. Click here to review a math tutorial. If you can handle this or learn it before this course, you will have no problem math-wise.

Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 47 times and 346 industry professionals completed it.

Quality First™ Contractors

ATTENTION: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, TECA is taking precautionary measures to protect our Quality First course registrants and instructors from any further risks associated with this virus.

We are postponing all in class Quality First courses scheduled until further notice.

SPECIAL NOTE:  WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT REGISTRANTS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FLEXIBLE ON-LINE TRAINING COURSES ARE VERY HAPPY WITH THIS DELIVERY METHOD OVERALL.

REGISTER TO ATTEND ON-LINE: https://www.teca.ca/quality-first-courses-offered.php?id=4&online=Yes

 

We apologize for any inconvenience the cancellation of in-class training may have caused; however, these are unique circumstances and the health and safety of our registrants and instructors is of the utmost importance. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

TECA's Quality First™ Ventilation Guidelines course covers the latest (December 2018) requirements of BC Building Code Section 9.32 Mechanical Ventilation.

  • The 4 acceptable methods to provide for the intake and distribution of the "Principal" air,
  • The requirements for make-up air for large kitchen exhaust appliances and the code acceptable alternatives,
  • The requirements for crawlspace ventilation
  • The requirements for the insulation of ventilation ducts and this course

It also provides the prerequisite information required for TECA's HRV course. Successful participants of the one-day course receive a certificate, wallet card and numbered stamp for use on TECA's Mechanical Ventilation Checklists.

Manuals include technical information and documents necessary to meet requirements of Municipal Inspection Authorities. TECA's Quality First™ Ventilation Guidelines databases are made available to inspection authorities on request for purposes of confirming successful completion and issued number. Certified Ventilation Guidelines numbers must be renewed at BC Building Code change, approximately every 5 years.

NOTE: Course fees include 6 hours of instruction, the 2-hour exam, and the Quality First™ Ventilation Guidelines Manual, provided at the start of class. Software is not included.

The BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services recognizes and approves TECA's Quality First Ventilation Guidelines course for Professional Development Points.

SAMPLE OF CURRENT VENTILATION STAMPS BEING ACCEPTED BY BOABC:

PLEASE NOTE THAT you will be asked for Photo ID prior to writing the exam.

Identification must be current and one of the following:

  • Valid Canadian Drivers License
  • Canadian Passport
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Secure Certificate of Indian Status
Register

Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 314 times and 3,122 industry professionals completed it.

Quality First™ Contractors