Businesses and homeowners rely on experienced installers to service heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. HVAC students receive special training in this field. This training enables them to provide adequate service so that HVAC systems give consumers comfortable conditions by controlling their indoor climates. Schools and training programs receive accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. An HVAC board of directors must create and approve school programs for student training. To create a training school for HVAC students, members must be elected to a board and trained to carry out effective duties centered on appropriate HVAC principles and procedures.
Receive the necessary education and experience as a trained HVAC professional. Each candidate should have obtained two years of verified field experience and a passing grade on the CORE exam for Professional Level certification. Alternatively, a member could have obtained a minimum of three years of verifiable certification and a passing score on related HVAC Excellence written professional exams for a Master Specialist Hands-on Certification.
Complete your state's instructor requirements and competency standards in a specific HVAC subject, such as air conditioning, gas heat, heat pumps, or electrical and light commercial refrigeration. Take HVAC Certified Subject Matter Education tests to become an HVACR educator. You must pass the HVAC CSME exam on six area subjects with a score of 80 percent or better; pass the Capstone exam with an 80 percent or better for technical education methodologies, practices and principals; and provide evidence of meeting your state's requirements for educators.
Design the training board. Choose a chief executive officer and board chair. Create a board development committee to give strong participation and contributions to the organization. Elect new members to the board. Commence with HVAC training board operations so members can discuss student program topics consisting of HVAC system design training, operation training and system application training.
Create board self-evaluation concerning HVAC training topics. Review the board manual to assure all new school programs comply with local, federal and state regulations. Develop outlines for the HVAC program, administrative responsibilities, curriculum, cooperative training and instructors' qualifications to prove eligibility for accreditation as a private, post secondary institution. Ensure your training board and school falls within the guidelines as a non-degree-granting institution or degree-granting institution of a master's degree level.
Apply for accreditation for your training school and board programs through a United States Department of Education's accrediting commission organization. Attend an accreditation workshop and submit two application copies (new applicant schools must submit two copies of a revised application and two copies of a self-evaluation report). Review the initial application acceptance letter. Obtain a team summary report after on-site evaluation. Receive the accrediting commission decision for school training board accreditation.
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