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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 and Ventilation are required by regulatory authorities in an increasing number of municipalities throughout the province.

TECA courses are offered in spring and fall in the Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and on Vancouver Island, and may be held in varying locations based on demand. 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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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.

 

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.

 

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 266 times and 1,837 industry professionals completed it.

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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   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.

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Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 9 times and 84 industry professionals completed it.

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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 NOTICE FROM THE CITY OF VANCOUVER:  Please be advised that effective January 1st, 2020, all HRV installers in the City of Vancouver will be required to complete and submit to the Building Official (inspector):

  • 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.

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Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 18 times and 175 industry professionals completed it.

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TECA's Hydronic Systems Design manual with Hydronic & Combo Guidelines forms the basis of our Registered Designer program. Successful participants of the BCIT Hydronic Systems Design course are sent a form for optional registration with TECA.

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

Registration information for BCIT:  BCIT Hydronic Systems Design Course

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 122 times and 2,101 industry professionals completed it.

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 The Principles of Moving Air ("POMA") Quietly and Efficiently manual has been completely revised. It is an expansion and simplification of TECA's original 'Basics of Air' manual. POMA is a true duct design course and a revival of good air moving practice first developed in the 1930's. It explains the logic behind the duct sizing of TECA's original Quality First Forced Air Guidelines and the duct sizing tables of TECA's 2012 Ventilation Guidelines.

Since it was first introduced in 2008 and titled 'Basics of Air', enthusiastic attendees have offered many suggestions for improvement now including 100 photos in addition to 150 drawings, graphs, charts and tables. The complete overhaul of this manual includes this supplementary information. The manual is now titled: 'Principles of Moving Air" it is clearly understood that it is an in-depth air moving course. While important to those working in both new construction and change out when it was first published, it is even more important today. Manufacturers continue to shrink the cabinet sizes of heat/cool equipment and yet the air moving requirements (cfm) on a CFM per BTU and CFM per ton has doubled or tripled compared to the standard efficiency gas furnaces these are replacing. A large benefit of applying this new information is a quiet system with heat/cool air volumes delivered to individual rooms appropriately as needed.

True to the original, POMA maintains its focus on residential air handling systems. POMA uses plain language, practical math and a fully instrumented scale model to demonstrate these important principles. The manual begins with an introduction of terms: flow rate, velocity, air density, duct aspect ratio, static and velocity pressures. It digs deeper into friction losses, fitting losses and system effects all of which compound to restrict the airflow through the system and which determine the power required (transport energy) to do that. This knowledge will also help users to justify the space and more convincingly sell the capital cost to provide adequately sized ducts and the few custom fittings required to provide a quiet comfortable space conditioning system.

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

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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 38 times and 322 industry professionals completed it.

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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 (soon to be released). 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:

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Course History

To date, TECA has offered this course 285 times and 2,975 industry professionals completed it.

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