Cost of Class: $500 which on Completion of the Class

Pikes Peak Regional Building Department will reimburse you the $500. So technically speaking the class is FREE!!

(You will need to pay the $500 upfront to secure you registration, then upon completion of the class you will receive you reimbursement from PPRBD.)

The instruction will be held at:

Johnstone Supply
3720 E Pikes Peak Ave
Colorado Springs 80909

The course will be limited to ten students per class.
Classes will be on Two Consecutive evenings from 4:30 – 10:30 P.M.

PPMCA  will provide light dinner for both nights.


Only active licensed Mechanic IV’s on file with Regional Building Department are eligible to receive the tuition reimbursement from Regional Building Department and receive a low level CO monitor upon successful course completion. Other attendees will be accepted but will not be eligible for the above benefits and full tuition payment will be required unless prior arrangements have been made with the Training Director of PPMCA.

Carbon Monoxide Safety & Introduction to Combustion Analysis

This course covers descriptions of carbon monoxide (CO) with basic combustion testing and CO investigations in ambient air, sources, detection, health effects of exposure, test instrument calibration and use requirements, types of alarms, code compliance and referral strategies.

Building and structural back rounds as they relate to building pressure influences on appliance performance and safety are also presented to prepare the attendee for knowledge retention for use in their service activities.

This course is presented with material from the written text Carbon Monoxide a Clear and Present Danger (ESCO Press, 2003), and updated associated revisions by the author(s).

The training for this course will utilize Johnstone Supply’s live fire lab to provide enhanced lab tasks and measurement.

Each student will have the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in operating CO testing equipment by testing air outside.
  • Testing for CO in a potential contaminated environment (Monoxide Manor).
  • Ask/find CO alarm, verify age of alarm and check operation.
  • Determine if a smoke alarm is present and check for dates/battery operation or line voltage model verification.
  • Identify various appliances for testing.
  • Verify adequate combustion air requirements for the appliances to be tested.
  • Test each appliance for CO. Water heater, oven, 80% furnace,  90% furnace.
  • Observe the “cold pot of water” on the stove and measure/monitor presence of CO.
  • Make necessary adjustments to fuel pressure on 80% furnace and tune for proper burning/CO emissions.
  • Complete Lab check sheet/reporting forms and leave with proctor.
  • We are a combustion culture.
  • Buildings where carbon monoxide (CO) may be found.
  • The connection between the air we breathe, combustion and CO.
  • Too much fuel, too much air and too little heat + CO
  • How does CO become a hazard?
  • Brief history of combustion.
  • The weight of CO.
  • Building pressure basics.
  • Your awareness may be a matter of life or death.
  • Symptoms of CO poisoning.
  • Technician responsibilities.
  • Who is at risk to CO poisoning?
  • How much CO is too much?
  • How does CO harm you?
  • History of CO testing.
  • What are normal levels of CO?
  • Understanding the three “T’s” of combustion.
  • Controlled vs. uncontrolled combustion and CO.
  • Fuel supply, air and heat examples of CO generation.
  • Building tightness and CO.
  • Common sources of CO in our homes.
  • Unvented combustion systems.
  • Carbon dioxide measurement; the second cousin to CO poisoning symptoms.
  • Appliance back drafting.
  • Building pressure measurements & CO; duct work and mechanical fan interference.
  • CO alarms.
  • Appliances and testing for CO.

The course will allow the students to mix lecture with hands on labs and observe/correct dangerous conditions for CO.

  • Students will be required to bring a fully functional carbon monoxide test instrument approved to test flue gases with current calibration certification and a working manometer. If the student does not have access to these instruments, they may request, in advance, to use alternate instrumentation to allow them to complete the course at a fee of $35.00 per student and this would be non refundable.
  • It is strongly encouraged that the students test with their own instruments to attain maximum confidence and proficiency in using their every day equipment.
  • Customized Student Training Manual Designed for the Course.
  • Mechanic IV Enhanced Education for CO Safety (Two Year Mechanic IV Training Certificate and Renewal Issued By Regional Building Department) MUST BE USED CONSECUTIVELY AND REQUIRES TWO YEARS OF RENEWAL FEES AT TIME OF ISSUANCE.
  • Fully proctored ESCO Carbon Monoxide Safety Certification. (50 Question Test) Taken on line with instant reporting.
  • NATE Credit Hours (Course #3207-0002/COSA)
  • COSA Certificate for CO Safety.
  • A certificate of course completion issued by PPMCA for Mechanic IV Enhancement Training (required for two year license renewal with RBD).
  • Reimbursement of tuition by Regional Building Department while funds are available.
  • Bob Dwyer is the Director of Training for COSA (Carbon Monoxide Safety Association) and has been involved with carbon monoxide testing, research and instruction for 22 years. He worked in DOE funded weatherization programs in Montana for 15 years and was the Director of Training for Bacharach, Inc. for 13 years before joining COSA. He has been instrumental in presenting training programs to more than 100,000 technicians all over North Amercia as an instructor or in the coordination of instruction through associate training personal and his authorized material since 1989.
    The classes with the associated text (he is co-author of Carbon Monoxide, a Clear and Present Danger 3rd edition) are presented to environmental & energy technicians, inspectors, HVACR technicians, home inspectors, combustion equipment manufacturers, fire emergency response and other health technicians, civic groups, government, code officials, fuel suppliers, building & mechanical inspectors and others. Bob’s newest publication is Living With Carbon Monoxide: A Clear and Present Danger in a publisher pre-released copy.