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HVACR Programmatic Accreditation

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Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR programs are met.


Background of HVACR Programmatic Accreditation

Programmatic accreditation in the HVACR industry began in 1999, when HVAC Excellence established the national standards.

What is Programmatic Accreditation?

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to ensure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry. Accreditation standards require a thorough examination of: mission of program, administrational responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instruction design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor qualifications.

Accreditation Manual

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Benefits of Accreditation

  • Assures prospective students that the program meets or exceeds industry standards
  • Assures employers that program graduates are properly trained and ready to enter the workforce
  • Provides a powerful recruitment tool that can help boost program enrollment
  • Ensures course and program validity, easing the process of transferring credits
  • Provides a goal-setting path for self-improvement and program growth/expansion
  • Eases the process of establishing articulation agreements
  • Provides valuable information needed for Perkins compliance
  • Places your program in the official directory of accredited programs on our website
  • Interested in placing graduates with: Johnson Controls, Carrier Commercial, EMCOR, McKinstry, Trane Commercial or other top employers? These companies are members of the Mechanical Service Contractors of America “MSCA”. MSCA has named HVAC Excellence as its partner for technician recruitment. As a result, graduates of HVAC Excellence Accredited programs may have advanced placement opportunities.
  • Through an articulation agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, graduates may be eligible for advanced placement opportunities into the United Association apprenticeship program.

Accreditation Process

  • School submits accreditation application
  • Team member is assigned to work with the school
  • Accreditation manual is mailed to the school
  • School conducts the self-study
  • School submits 3 copies of the self-study
  • Upon approval, a visiting team is assigned to conduct a one day onsite visit
  • Final determination is made to grant accreditation

Accreditation Team

The accreditation visiting team consists of two members. One with years of experience as an HVACR instructor, the other with years of experience as a school administrator. They are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program.


Additional Information

For additional information, contact HVAC Excellence toll free at 800 394-5268.