What are the Steps to become PAHRA Accredited?

  1. Request a review copy of the PAHRA document which explains many of the processes involved in programmatic accreditation by which the HVACR training program evaluates their strengths and weaknesses as compared to industry standards.

  2. Training program decides to proceed with the PAHRA process and requests an application. Note: Programs will have a maximum of 18 months to complete the accreditation process from the time their program's request for application is received by the PAHRA office. A program can seek PAHRA accreditation in 1, 2 or all 3 of the following categories:

    • Residential A/C and Heating;
    • Light Commercial A/C and Heating; and/or
    • Commercial Refrigeration

  3. PAHRA documentation material is sent to the school so that the program can begin its self-evaluation.

  4. Program submits its findings in a self-study report.

  5. PAHRA office reviews the self-study for completeness and adherence to the standards. PAHRA Executive Director coordinates the scheduling of a Site Evaluation Team Leader (SETL) to evaluate the program during a two-day on-site visit.

  6. PAHRA Accreditation Committee will review the report of the SETL and the documentation materials.

  7. PAHRA Accreditation Committee will decide accreditation, accreditation with a report, or non-accreditation.


For more information, read the Frequently Asked Questions.