FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association Educational Foundation will begin offering new training as part of a renewed commitment to apprentice and journeyman education.
According to PHCC officials, the courses will include a revamped and updated first-year plumbing apprenticeship program, a first-year HVACR apprentice program offered in collaboration with the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, and a joint plumbing and HVACR instructor conference.
The joint instructor conference will target teachers in apprentice programs and educators who teach the subjects in high schools and colleges. It will be held April 5-6, outside Washington, D.C.
Several other apprentice programs are under way, such as administration of the Plumbing Home Study and Fast Trac programs, sponsorship of the International Plumbing Apprenticeship Contest and SkillsUSA residential plumbing and HVAC contests, and assistance to PHCC chapters and other industry organizations interested in offering apprentice programs.
The PHCC also announced that there are plans to create a plumbing and HVAC continuing-education program. On July 1, PHCC transferred oversight of its training programs to its Educational Foundation.
"The Educational Foundation has much experience in providing a wide variety of business-management education programs for the industry," said PHCC President Mary Garvelink. "We thought it made sense to tap into their expertise to elevate our apprentice and journeymen training program to meet the needs of the changing industry work force."