ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA announced that it has developed a curriculum especially for teaching students how to do a load calculation using the Manual J8ae Speedsheet. This new curriculum is available for free download at

ACCA worked with educational specialists to develop this curriculum, which is designed to be used for three class sessions and is intended to help HVAC instructors introduce their students to industry-accepted heating and cooling load calculation procedures. The curriculum includes:

• Instructions on how to perform a Manual J load calculation using the Manual J8ae Speedsheet.

• Three 45-minute modules/classes that address the basics of conducting a load calculation in accordance with ACCA’s Manual J8 abridged edition (MJ8ae).

• Pre-class reading and homework assignments.

The format also allows the instructor to expand or contract the actual lesson to suit the needs of their students, available materials, or pre-existing lesson plan. 

“For over 50 years Manual J has been the industry accepted load calculation method and that is what students who are going to school to join this industry should be learning,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “Many schools are teaching Manual J to its students; however, ACCA knows that there are still some that are not. We developed this free curriculum to help all educators be able to easily teach their students Manual J, so they have the knowledge they need when they enter the workforce.”

The Manual J curriculum is just one of the resources ACCA has available for HVAC educators. To download the free Manual J curriculum and/or the free Manual J8ae Speedsheet and learn about other educator resources available, visit

Publication date: 10/13/2014

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