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An Overview. HVAC Excellence was founded as a not for profit organization in 1994 to improve the technical workforce of the HVACR industry through quality.

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1 An Overview

2 HVAC Excellence was founded as a not for profit organization in 1994 to improve the technical workforce of the HVACR industry through quality education.

3 HVAC Excellence verifies that HVACR educational programs meet high standards through Programmatic Accreditation.

4 HVAC Excellence validates teacher knowledge & competency through Educator Credentialing.

5 HVAC Excellence Determines through student outcome assessments that HVACR graduates are prepared to enter the HVACR industry.

6 HVAC Excellence Programs: Identify areas of weakness in education Assist employers with hiring competent technicians Allow the public to identify competent technicians Pinpoint current deficiencies in the technical workforce for education program development Aid manufacturers in warranty cost reduction

7 Accreditation

8 Programmatic Accreditation An independent third party non-governmental peer review of an HVACR educational program validating that standards of excellence are met.

9 Institutional: Applies to the entire school/college and all programs offered. Programmatic: Applies to a single discipline/program. Recognizes an educational program as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for professional practice or admission to higher institutions of learning. Types of Accreditation

10 Programmatic Accreditation These standards are designed to assure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.

11 Programmatic Accreditation Standards require a thorough examination of Program mission Administrative responsibilities Finances and funds Curriculum Plan of instructions Facility Equipment and tools Cooperative training Instructor’s qualifications Why Accredit? Gives Students confidence in the HVAC program Employers benefit by assurance that graduates are properly trained. Has the potential to increase enrollment Helps to create goals for self improvement

12 Why Accredit? One of several considerations in determining eligibility for Federal, State or private funding Assist institutions in determining the acceptability of transfer credits Involves faculty and staff in evaluation

13 Accreditation The Process 1.Call 1(800) 394-5268 for an application 2.Complete and Submit application 3.Upon receipt a packet will be mailed to you Containing: Accreditation Manual Welcome letter Steps

14 4.An Accreditation team member is assigned to aid you through the process. 5.Conduct the Self Study: 1.Mission of Program 2.Administrational Responsibilities 3.Finances and Funds 4.Student Services 5.Instructional Design & Program Elements 6.Physical Facilities 7.Equipment and Tools 8.Cooperative Training 9.Instructor Qualifications

15 6.Submit the Self Study to the review committee 7.Self Study is reviewed by the committee 8.Upon approval of the self study a Visiting Team is assigned 9.An on-site visit is scheduled 10.The one day on-site validation is executed and completed 11.Final Determination is made to grant accreditation & program is listed in official directory

16 On-Site Team Visit

17 Accreditation Fees Application - $ 500.00 Self Study Review - $ 1,500.00 Team Honorarium - $ 400.00 Actual Travel Expenses - ?????

18 Become a Visiting Team Member

19 Q&A

20 Student Outcome Assessment Program Assessment Program

21 Two Secondary School Assessments 1.Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology (H.E.A.T.) 100 question combined assessment of competencies: basic electricity vapor compression cycle gas or oil heat

22 Two Secondary School Assessments 2. H.E.A.T. Plus H.E.A.T. competencies plus: Computer Literacy Safety Related Math Employability skills Work ethics Hands-On Performance

23 Post Secondary Assessment Employment Ready Certification based in part on the National Skills Standards Works in conjunction with “NCLB & Perkins IV Federal Legislation provides post secondary students and new technicians with tangible evidence of accomplishment and instructors with tools to improve learning helps identify individuals who have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the HVACR workforce

24 Post Secondary Assessment The available Employment Ready Certification exams are: Electrical Light Commercial Air Conditioning Air Conditioning Light Commercial Refrigeration Heat Pump Carbon Monoxide / Combustion Analysis Gas Heat Oil Heat Electric Heat Residential Low Pressure Hydronic Heat

25 Post Secondary Assessment Instructors can access comparative analyses online, allowing them to evaluate the effectiveness of their program. This aids in fulfilling the performance indicators for “No Child Left Behind” & “Carl D. Perkins Act” Federal legislation.

26 Q&A

27 Educator Credentialing

28 HVACR Educator Credentialing Validates mastery of the subject matter needed to prepare students for success as technicians in an ever-changing industry.

29 HVACR Educator Credentialing Certified Subject Matter Educator (CSME) Conferred upon instructors who have met their State’s requirements and the standards of competency in a specific subject as established by HVAC Excellence (e.g.“Certified Heat Pump Educator”).

30 HVACR Educator Credentialing Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) Conferred upon educators who have successfully passed the CMHE Capstone exam, Electrical, Air Conditioning, Light Commercial Air Conditioning, Light Commercial Refrigeration, Electric Heat and either Gas Heat, Oil Heat or Heat Pumps.

31 HVACR Educator Credentialing Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) The Capstone exam covers technical education methodologies, procedures, and issues CMHE is the highest credential that can be conferred upon an HVACR educator

32 HVACR Educator Credentialing Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) Identifies an educator’s professional competency and attests to his commitment to continued professional development.

33 Q&A

34 Articulation

35 HVAC Excellence Credentials result in advanced placement in the United Association apprenticeship program.


37 Programmatic Accreditation For details, visit

38 Find out more Contact HVAC Excellence at 1-800-394-5268 Or visit our web site To learn about upcoming conferences, click on the Conference link.

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