Educator Credentialing Exams
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Educator Credentialing Exams

Those Who Can… Teach!

To enable HVACR educators to verify the depth of their knowledge and their ability to relate subject matter effectively, they can take specialized educator credentialing exams.


Who Can Administer Credentialing Exams

These exams require a different proctor application from our standard application as the educator credentialing exams may be administered by an HVAC Excellence approved National College Testing Association affiliate. Contact us toll free at 1-800-726-9696 for a testing center near you or for additional information.


Certified Subject Matter Educator (CSME)

To enable HVACR instructors to verify the depth of their knowledge and ability to relate subject matter effectively, HVAC Excellence developed specialized educator credentialing exams called Certified Subject Matter Educator “CSME” exams.

The exams validate an HVACR instructor has mastered the subject matter to teach the competencies in each subject area taught.

A Capstone Core covers technical education methodologies, principles and practices, and attests to an instructor’s pedagogical skills.

An exam report is generated, for each test taken, that aides instructors in identifying their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, it helps identify professional development needs.

For each exam taken and passed with a grade of 80% or higher, the instructor is awarded a Certified Subject Matter Educator (CSME) Certificate for that area of certification.


CSME Exams

  • Core – Capstone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Gas Heat
  • Heat Pumps
  • Electrical
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Electric Heat
  • Oil Heat

Certified Master HVACR Educator - CMHE

In order to earn the title of CMHE, an instructor needs to successfully pass six area specific Certified Subject Matter Educator (CSME) examinations with a score of 80% or higher plus the Capstone (Core) exam.

The CMHE credential is not easy to earn. It is a terminal certification and the highest credential that HVAC Excellence can confer upon an HVACR educator.


Exams Required for the CMHE Credential

To earn the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator, an instructor must pass the following CSME exams:

CMHE
  • Electrical
  • Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Electric Heat
  • And one of the following:
    • Gas Heat
    • Oil Heat
    • Heat Pumps

Persons who have the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator bestowed upon them receive a wall plaque, and are listed on the HVAC Excellence website.

In addition, they are recognized at the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference.