The process of programmatic accreditation is to validate 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.
HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation identifies educational programs that possess, the resources and administrative support, to prepare students for entry level positions in the HVACR industry.
The schools granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration programs in 2021 are:
- Chesapeake Career Center, Chesapeake, Virginia
- Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, New Mexico
- Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina
- Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville, Indiana
- Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo, Indiana
- Johnston Community College, Smithfield, North Carolina
- Lincoln Technical Institute, Mahwah, New Jersey
- New Horizons Regional Education Centers, Newport News, Virginia
- North Georgia Technical College, Clarksville, Georgia
- North Montco Technical Career Center, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
- Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa
- Southside Virginia Community College, South Hill, Virginia
- Sullivan University, Louisville, Kentucky
- Traviss Technical Center, Lakeland, Florida
- United Association of Steamfitters Local 449 Technology Center, Harmony, Pennsylvania
- Valley Career and Technical Center, Fishersville, Virginia
- York County School of Technology, York Pennsylvania
While third-party accreditation of programs has always been important, aligning programs to national standards is more important today than at any time in recent history. When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, most people, including HVACR educators, were told to stay at home to flatten the curve.
While most HVACR programs are once again offering face-to-face training, they have often transitioned to a hybrid or blended format, modifying their delivery methods, how students are being evaluated, how student progress is being tracked, and how hands-on skills are practiced and verified.
To make certain that their HVACR programs were keeping aligned with these changes, and what the industry requires from successful field technicians, these schools voluntarily pursued accreditation of their programs. Now that they are accredited, the schools can reap the many benefits of accreditation and are listed in the official directory of HVAC Excellence Accredited Programs.
Learn more about programmatic accreditation, the standards, process, and the people who lead these accreditation visits, by visiting escogroup.org and clicking the accreditation link.