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West Virginia Program Receives PAHRA Accreditation

ARLINGTON, Va. - The HVACR training program at the Ben Franklin Career Center, in Dunbar, W.Va., has received national accreditation through the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) program.

The PAHRA program was developed to certify that HVACR training programs at institutions meet or exceed industry standards in their instruction, curriculum, student, faculty qualification, and facility standards set forth by the industry in the areas of residential air conditioning and heating, light commercial air conditioning and heating, and commercial refrigeration.

PAHRA accreditation is validated by representatives from major HVACR trade associations and is available to all training programs, whether they are secondary, postsecondary, public, or private. It was created for the purpose of establishing national educational standards for accrediting HVACR programs.

To become accredited, a training school must first evaluate its own strengths and weaknesses as compared to industry standards and then submit its findings in a self-study report. A survey team then conducts an on-site visit to corroborate the self-study report.

The program launched in January 2001. Since then, a total of 16 schools have received accreditation through the PAHRA program.

For a list of these schools, visit www.pahrahvacr.org.

Publication date: 10/18/2004

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