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Haystack Essentials v1.0

Learn to create basic data models with Project Haystack tags.

  • Create tags and values
  • Understand tag definitions and relationships
  • Find tags using website resources
  • Model entities with an easy process
  • Add structure and flows
  • Explore a variety of schematic examples
  • Browse more data model examples
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Course length
1 - 2 days (approx)
Content access
8 weeks
12 CPD hours / CE units
Designed for
Haystack 4.0

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Introducing Haystack

Course description

If you're new to the world of Project Haystack, this training will give you a comprehensive insight into Project Haystack tagging and to learn how to apply richer meaning to your data.

Explore the official website and resources, understand wider tag relationships, and create data models from a variety of example equipment schematics.

During this course, we will be learning about using Project Haystack tags within the Building Management Services (BMS) environment.

Some short video clips to highlight course features.


Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify key benefits of using Project Haystack tags
  • Access and navigate website resources
  • Utilise Haystack tag kinds and values
  • Reference tag documentation and definitions
  • Understand tag terminology and taxonomy
  • Model entities and build basic data models
  • Create flows and structures between entities
  • Identify tag dependencies and associations
  • Apply tags for different types of models


  • 6 Modules
  • 36 Topics
  • 90 Interactive questions
  • 6 Demo videos
  • 9 Achievements
  • 12 CPD hours / CE units
  • Digital Certification
  • FREE reference journal

Course Requirements

Haystack Essentials is suitable for complete beginners.

To complete this training you will only need internet access and a browser.

No prior knowledge of tagging is required; however it is beneficial to have knowledge of a HVAC or building environment.


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This course is both CPD and Fantom Factory certified.

Reach the final assessment and you will be eligible for a Continued Professional Development (CPD) certificate, valid around the world towards Continued Education (CE).

Pass the final assessment to be awarded the Fantom Factory Certificate of Excellence as proof of your new skills and knowledge.

Bonus Material

Our Haystack Essentials JOURNAL is awarded for FREE on completion of the course, to reference key notes and information from throughout the eLearning.


This training provide basic essentials
Reviewed on 5th September 2022
Structure and pace, using SkySpark / Axon

This training provide basic essentials and lays a foundation for project haystack


Hey Jeff, now you can see why we chose such a great name for the course! Thank you for the feedback.

Emma (Fantom Factory)

This course helped elucidate terms that are otherwise esoteric
Reviewed on 5th August 2022
Interactive questions, structure and pace

This course helped elucidate terms that are otherwise esoteric, like "Ontology" or "Conjunct", in a way that makes semantic data modeling feel like child's play

April Slotterback (Dual Fuel)

This is music to our ears! Thank you April.

Emma (Fantom Factory)

Reviewed on 16th June 2022
Interactive questions, structure and pace

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