When selecting a program in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), it's important that the education be properly accredited. An accredited status reassures students that they are receiving a reliable education of quality. Furthermore, an accredited status means that students can be confident that their education will be considered valuable by other HVAC professionals and the industry as a whole.
One of the largest bodies accrediting HVAC programs is the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). Recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education http://www.ed.gov and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the IACET is dedicated to continuing education and educational programs of quality. It is their mission to promote this through research, education, and development of new program criteria for institutions to achieve.
Regional accrediting bodies that review and evaluate HVAC programs are:
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Some resources related to HVAC program accreditation are:
- Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
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