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May 26, 2016
By Howard Weiss

HVAC Excellence has established a Standard for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Educator Qualifications (Standard 9.1).

The quality of an education program is only as good as the educators who teach it. This standard establishes image of hvac trainingminimum requirements for HVACR educators to ensure HVACR students have access to high-quality learning, which can ultimately lead to high-quality employment opportunities.

In order to guarantee the quality of instruction offered at HVACR technical training schools, HVAC Excellence developed the following minimum qualifications standard for HVACR educators. These standards are a requirement of HVACR educational programs seeking programmatic accreditation. In addition, they are guidelines that should be used by school administrators in selecting qualified professionals to lead their HVACR programs.

The only indispensable component of any highly technical career education program is the instructor(s). The HVACR industry is exploding technologically. The tools used and the types of equipment have changed dramatically in recent years. Technicians are now required to be computer literate and must present themselves as good ambassadors for the company they represent. These changes have placed an increased demand on improving the quality of HVACR educators. Today, HVACR educators must be technically competent, formally schooled, and demonstrate positive character attributes.

HVACR Educator Requirements
The requirements for employment as an HVACR educator are:

  • Have a minimum of five years of experience as a HVACR field service technician or higher, that directly relates to the competencies being taught.
  • Hold a valid Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Universal Certification, as required by 40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F of Section 608 of the Clean Air Act of 1990.
  • Meet all state and local government requirements for employment as a technical educator.
  • Be able to conduct demonstrations, provide explanations and convey ideas, concepts and theories for all aspects of the curriculum.
  • Reflect an image of high ethical values, honesty, tactfulness, patience and friendliness toward others.
  • Adjunct instructors must pass the capstone exam and CSME exams in the disciplines that directly relate to the competencies being taught.
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in HVACR or building science trades technology.

Meet one or more of the following:

  • Be a graduate of an HVACR program consisting of a minimum of 600 hours of training.
  • Hold an associate degree in HVACR technology.
  • Be enrolled in a HVACR or vocational education program and complete it within three years of date of employment
  • Hold the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE) or earn the title of CMHE within three years of date of employment.
  • Instructors working toward their CMHE must complete two Certified Subject Matter Educator (CSME) each calendar year.

Requirements for Continuing of Employment
It shall be a requirement to maintain employment as an HVACR educator that the HVACR educator shall:

  • Be given an annual evaluation conducted by the school administration reviewing the educator’s teaching methods, use of developed curriculum guidelines, and implementation of approved curriculum. Annual evaluations must be at a minimum satisfactory and maintained in the educator’s permanent employee file.
  • Have a written evaluation completed by all students prior to exiting the program.
  • Earn a minimum of 1.0 CEU per year in HVACR technical content or educational methodology (1 CEU = 10 Continuing Education Hours).

For additional information contact HVAC Excellence at 1-800-394-5268 or online at

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