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Interdisciplinary Professional Programs

Testing, Adjusting and Balancing See upcoming dates

Course Overview

Anyone with an interest in efficient operation of commercial HVAC systems will benefit from a working knowledge of TAB. Reduce your operating energy costs and improve the comfort of your building occupants by properly balancing your HVAC air and water systems.

Learn how to:

  • Balance air and water systems to achieve energy efficiency and comfort
  • Verify performance of equipment and controls
  • Select and use appropriate test instruments
  • Report balancing results
  • Identify common problems and solutions

Who Should Attend?

  • Consulting engineers 
  • Building owners and facility managers
  • Building operating staff 
  • Commissioning authorities
  • Service organizations desiring balancing experience 
  • Contractors interested in operation and service of all building environmental systems

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Course Outline

Download the agenda in PDF format here.

MONDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

Registration/Check-in (7:30 to 8 AM)

  • Welcome and Overview
  • Introduction to TAB
  • Test Instruments
  • Duct Design and Pressure Measurement
  • Plan Reading
  • Grille and Diffuser Measurements
  • Daily Questions and Adjourn

TUESDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

  • Pitot Tube Measurements
  • TAB Forms and Reports
  • Fans
  • VAV Systems
  • Multizone Systems
  • Water Systems
  • Terminal Units and Controls
  • Daily Questions and Adjourn

WEDNESDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

  • Air Balance Procedures
  • Grille and Diffuser Balancing Procedures
  • VAV Balancing Procedures
  • Pump and Control Valve Applications
  • Water System Balancing Procedure
  • Flow Measurement Devices in Hydronic Systems
  • Instruments Lab
  • Daily Questions and Adjourn

THURSDAY (8 AM to 4:45 PM)

  • Group Workstation Introduction and Walk-through
    • Small groups will rotate through seven workstations
  • Group Workstations 1-6
  • Adjourn 

FRIDAY (8 AM to Noon)*

  • Discussion of Certification Types and Costs of Balancing
  • Review of Questions
  • Group Workstation 7
  • Discussion and Q&A

*Please note that lunch is not included on Friday.


"The guys were excellent to work with. Very professional and personal with the entire class."
—Brandon Yacu

"The instructors were very willing to answer questions and had a great positive attitude."
—Charles Chladil

"Presenters were very knowledgable in their field and were able to explain things in a way that everyone could understand."
—Gerald Clark

"I enjoyed the presentations…the speaker has obviously a lot of experience… the instrumentation and lab are state of the art. Thumbs up."
—Luis Lopez


Tj Mlodzik

TJ Mlodzik; NEBB FHT CP and NEBB TAB CT, has been working with Badger Balancing LLC as a NEBB TAB Certified Technician since 2012. In 2021, he received his NEBB FHT CP which is Fume Hood Testing Certified Professional.  He is responsible for multiple projects, including balancing air and water systems to engineering specifications and NEBB requirements.  Along with new and existing building projects, he does annual hospital ACH reporting throughout the state of Wisconsin and fume hood testing to NEBB and ASHRAE Standards.  Prior to Badger Balancing LLC, he earned a BS in Early Childhood/Elementary Education.

Bj Rollin

BJ has over 18 Years in the HVAC Industry spending time working to install air handling systems as well as configure and install complex electrical and control systems.  BJ has received EPA, OSHA Certifications and is completing the NEBB Certified Technician Course for Testing, Adjusting and Balancing.

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