AHR Expo to Host its Largest Education Program

Opportunities at the 2018 show in January include free seminars, professional certifications and continuing education courses
AHR Expo to Host its Largest Education Program

Interested in Education/Training?

Get Education/Training articles, news and videos right in your inbox! Sign up now.

Education/Training + Get Alerts

The 2018 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) has expanded its seminar program, making it the largest-ever education and training agenda in the show’s history.

The expansive program features more than 120 sessions including free best practices and industry trends seminars from leading HVAC organizations, professional certification opportunities, and continuing education programs from the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI).

“Contractors, engineers and other show attendees always give us high marks for the value our education program delivers, and this year we have surpassed ourselves,” says Clay Stevens, president of International Exposition Company.

Educational Sessions

More than 70 of the free one- and two-hour sessions will be presented by experts from prominent industry-leading organizations. They’ve been designed to allow for easy integration into attendees’ overall show agendas.

Highlights include:

General industry-wide focus:

  • Building Automation Systems 101
  • Radiant Cooling in the Windy City
  • Global Trends in HVAC


  • Cooling Tower Fundamentals
  • The Future of Building Automation – Data at the Open Intelligent Edge
  • Health Impacts of Indoor Air Quality


  • The Future of The Billable Hour, by Women in HVAC
  • Solving Moisture Mysteries with a Psychrometric Chart
  • Solve Hidden Maintenance Issues Using Testing and Balancing

Continuing Education

A total of 20 ALI continuing education courses will be offered prior to and during the show. All courses are approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward maintaining P.E. licensure. Advance registration and fee payment is required and can be completed by visiting ASHRAE’s registration website.

Each full-day course will earn attendees six Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Learning Units (LUs) or 0.6 CEUs, and half-day courses earn attendees three PDHs. Topics include the fundamentals of the commissioning process, complying with requirements of ASHRAE standards, laboratory design basics and beyond, optimizing indoor environments and more.


Several review sessions and exams will be available to attendees, including:

  • NAFA Certified Air Filter Specialist (CAFS) Testing and 2-Hour Tutorial; NCT Testing
  • AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) CxA Workshop and Exam
  • HVAC Review and NATE (North American Technician Excellence) Testing
  • ASHRAE Certification Exams

Registration and a fee are required for all review sessions and exams.

New Product and Technology Theater Product Presentations

In addition, attendees can see what’s new from the industry’s leading companies in the new product and technology showcase presentations offered by exhibitors. With no cost and no reservation required, more than 100 20-minute product presentations will be delivered in rapid-fire succession in special theaters on the exhibit floor. It provides an efficient way to learn about the latest developments from the industry’s leading technology providers.

Two AHR Expo Innovation Award winners, Spartan Bioscience and Triatek, as well as nine other finalists, will give presentations on their new technologies:

  • BELIMO (Building Automation)
  • Caleffi Hydronic Solutions (Plumbing)
  • CAREL Industries S.p.A. (Refrigeration)
  • Cielo WiGle Inc. (Building Automation)
  • Cleaver-Brooks (Heating)
  • Coolfront Technologies (Software)
  • GrayWolf Sensing Solutions (Tools & Instruments)
  • International Wastewater Systems Inc. (Green Building)
  • Johnson Controls (Cooling & Heating)
  • Spartan Bioscience (IAQ)
  • Triatek (Ventilation)

The 2018 AHR Expo will be held Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago. A complete list of educational opportunities can be found at ahrexpo.com/education-overview/. For registration and additional information regarding the 2018 AHR Expo, visit ahrexpo.com.


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.