ARLINGTON, Va. - The HVACR training programs at three schools have been recognized by PAHRA.

ARLINGTON, Va. - The HVACR training programs at three schools have been recognized by the Partnership for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Accreditation.

The schools are: the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pa; Vernon College in Wichita Falls, Texas; and Vern Riffe Pike County Career Technology Center in Piketon, Ohio.

Accreditation from PAHRA certifies that the programs at these colleges have exceeded industry standards in instruction, curriculum, faculty qualification and facility standards in residential air conditioning and heating, light-commercial air conditioning and heating, and commercial refrigeration.

"PAHRA is the benchmark for the industry," said Marc Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology for the Pennsylvania College of Technology. "Having our school PAHRA accredited tells the community that we do what we say we are doing."

To become accredited, a training school must compare its own strengths and weaknesses 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 report.

The PAHRA program was started in January 2001. Since then, 12 schools have received accreditation.