Jim Woodruff, chair of the Education Committee for NHRAW, said the distance learning school is operated as a not-for-profit service by hvacr distributor members of NHRAW. The program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, participants in HSI classes are among more than 50 million working adults who are pursuing continued education throughout the nation.
“Students receive instructional support as they progress through a course,” said Woodruff. “Students also receive Tech Tips, or management-focused bulletins, on a regular basis as they continue their studies.”
NHRAW says that each course may require up to three months to complete, based on a study schedule of two to three hours per week. However, accelerated study is encouraged.
All courses successfully completed earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Institute, giving course completion a nationally recognized unit of measurement that is awarded by many colleges and other training organizations for participating in qualified continuing education.
Woodruff said the CEU system was developed by a National Task Force, under the joint sponsorship of the National University Extension Association, the Amer-ican Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the U.S. Civil Service Commission, and the U.S. Office of Education.
“CEUs may serve as a record of maintenance or improvement of professional competence, career advancement, or for other purposes where evidence of professional advancement may be required or beneficial,” said Woodruff.
Under the HSI system, participants will have a permanent, confidential transcript for each course successfully completed, according to NHRAW.
The institute courses are currently approved by the Ohio Construction Industry Examining Board, which enables those finishing courses to meet hvac continuing education requirements in Ohio.
Woodruff said that the program is designed for on-the-job air conditioning industry personnel; over 1,000 people in the heating and air conditioning industry enroll each year.
Non-members of NHRAW may enroll in courses, if sponsored by a local NHRAW wholesaler, at the lower member fee.
For more information, contact NHRAW’s Student Services Administrator at NHRAW Home Study Institute, P.O. Box 16790, Columbus, OH 43216-6790; 614-488-1835; 614-488-0482 (fax); or email@example.com (e-mail).
Publication date: 12/04/2000