Purpose The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Training Center is committed to providing the State of South Carolina highly trained and competent HVAC technicians through a unique technical program of study. Our mission is to provide students, who normally would not be able to attend conventional classes due to work or family obligations, the opportunity to receive training that will ultimately lead to gainful employment in an industry that is growing and has an overwhelming need for skilled workers.
Training Facility The ACR Training Center is located in a commercial shop of 1500 sq. ft. The school has 20+ work stations (trainers) which are equipped with complete sets of hand tools, specialty tools and test equipment.
Class Size Maximum of 15 students per session in any one class.
Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201 Telephone (803) 737-2260. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality. Licensure is not equivalent to or synonymous with accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the US. Department of Education
Admission and Enrollment Requirements 1. Must meet with an enrollment advisor prior to being accepted in the program. 2. Must be able to read and write English and do basic math. We recommend students have a high school diploma or have passed an equivalency exam. 3. Students must have a personal computer and high speed internet. This is required so that students can do homework, watch videos, and do exercises over the internet.
Notes concerning employment as a HVAC service technician It is our goal to train individuals to gain employment as entry level HVAC service technicians. You must understand that once you have completed this program of study potential employers are going to be looking for individuals who can follow written and verbal instruction, are physically fit, capable of climbing, crawling and lifting 50 lbs. Employers are also going to be looking for individuals who have a good driving record. If you do not feel that you can meet the employment requirements listed you should discuss your issues with the enrollment advisor prior to enrolling.
ENROLLMENT INFORMATION A. Enrollment Procedure: Fill out the application and return it to our office. Once your application has been received you will be contacted to set up a meeting with an enrollment advisor. At the end of the meeting with enrollment advisor you will be required make a down payment on tuition.
B. Registration Priority: Students are accepted on a first registered basis. C. A new class starts every 10-12 weeks. Exact dates are listed on the website. D. NON-DISCRIMINATION: There is no discrimination with regards to race, sex, religion, age or disabilities.
Credit for Prior Learning Credit may be given for applicable previous education and training. Students will be given an opportunity prior to the first day of class to challenge any class. To challenge a class you must contact the instructor and request a challenge 10 days prior to the start of the class. The challenge may require students to perform lab exercises to demonstrate knowledge and ability. Lab challenges are graded pass/fail. Students may also be required to take written tests. Students must achieve a minimum score of 75% on written tests.
Program Objective The objective of the program is to train students through a rigorous program of study to meet entry level requirements of the HVAC/R industry as service technicians. This is a unique self-paced program that mixes traditional classes, hands on training, and internet resources. The program provides individuals the flexibility to receive training who normally would not be able to attend traditional classes due to work and family obligations. We strive to provide well-trained individuals for jobs in a labor market that needs HVAC/R technicians.
National Certification All certification testing will be conducted at the ACR Training Center. Testing dates will be announced 2 weeks prior to test session. Students will be required to pass the EPA 608 Core and Type 2 (High-Pressure) Certification tests as required by the US Environmental Protection Agency for individuals handling refrigerants. There is no additional cost to set the EPA exam one time. Students who do not pass the EPA exam the first time will be required to pay $45.00 to retake the EPA exam.
Students with Criminal Records or Questionable Driving Records We recommend that students who have a criminal record disclose that information to potential employers during the application process. A good driving record will be important to students. Employers may not be able to hire graduates with poor driving records because of insurance.
Citizenship / Authorized alien / Immigrant status Students should be aware that federal law prohibits state licensing of illegal aliens Under Title 8, US Code Section 1621. Holidays Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas and New Year’s.
Schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
Students will be given notice of class cancellation as early as possible.
Tardiness Students are expected to be on time for classes. Students who are habitually late for classes will be counseled by the instructor. If the student continues to be late for class he or she will be put on probation and risk being suspended from the class. Attendance Requirements Attendance at scheduled class meetings is expected. Students with 2 absences in any one class will be placed on probation. An additional absence will cause the student to be dismissed from the class. We understand that family, work, and other factors can lead to students not being able to attend the occasional class. However, it must be understood that attendance is required to attain the training that you expect from us. Makeup Work It is the responsibility of each student to complete all work prior to the end of each class. Students who are absent from class must meet with their instructor as soon as they return to obtain all missed assignments. All lab work and assignments must be completed before a student completes a class. A student who does not complete all work will fail the class. Students have a maximum of eight weeks to complete all work in a class. Student Conduct Code Safety: Students are expected to conduct themselves in a safe and considerate manner at all times. Alcoholic beverages/narcotics /controlled substances on school grounds will lead to immediate dismissal. Students considered being under the influence of alcohol or drugs of any kind will be asked to leave the campus. Violators are liable for reprimand, probation suspension, or dismissal. Theft and willful destruction are acts that will lead to dismissal and possible criminal prosecution. The director of the school will decide on all conduct violations. Definition of terms Reprimand- a verbal warning which implies that further violations will result in probation, suspension, or dismissal. Probation- a written warning involving a designated period of time which implies that further violations during such time will result in suspension or dismissal. Further the student must abide by any specific stipulations prescribed by the probationary action. Suspension - the immediate withdrawal of the student from the HVAC program; the student may apply for re-admission. Dismissal – The immediate withdrawal of the student from the training program. Dismissal notification will be in writing and the student will not be considered for re-admission. All refunds will be in accordance with the refund policy.
Reentry Suspension notification will be in writing and will include a date, after which the student may apply for re-admittance. The student may be re-admitted at such time as an opening exists. For re-admittance after suspension, the student must demonstrate a sincere attitude for learning the HVAC trade.
Grading System Students will be evaluated on a Pass/ Fail system. Students are required to make a minimum score of 70% on all tests and exams. Students who do not make the minimum scores on test and exams will be given an opportunity to retest. The maximum number of retakes on a tests is twice. Online exercises and homework must be completed. Students are expected to answer 80% of the homework questions correctly.
Lab Work: students must complete all assigned lab work and task and demonstrate an understanding of materials to the instructor.
National certification examination standards are set by the testing agency. Students must meet the standards set by the examination agency to receive credit for the examination.
Hold Harmless Agreement The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Training Center and student acknowledge that there is some risk of accident or injury associated with use of equipment and other aspects of the course of study, including but not limited to electrical shock, electrocution, cuts, burns, and frost bite. Student does hereby waive, release, and discharge the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Training Center of any and all liability and all claims for damages for death, personal injury, or property damage which I may have or which hereafter accrue to me as a result of participation in the program whether or not caused by negligence or fault of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Training Center. This release is intended to discharge the school, and its officers, employees, representatives, students, volunteers, and agents from and against any and all liability arising out of or connected in any way with my participation in the training, internship/externship, hands-on activities, practice, or other activities. Knowing risks exist, nevertheless, student assumes those risks and releases and holds harmless all persons or agencies mentioned above that might otherwise be liable to me or my heirs or assigns for damages. Student further understands and agrees that this waiver, release, and assumption of risk are to be binding on his or her heirs and assigns. In addition, student gives permission to receive, if necessary, emergency medical services by authorized personnel, and that any cost incurred as a result of such medical treatment will be student’s responsibility.
Academic Probation and Suspension Any student who fails a class will be placed on academic probation. The student will be allowed to repeat the class one time. If the student does not successfully complete the class after the second attempt, he or she will be put on academic suspension. Students who have been suspended due to poor academic performance will not be allowed to continue to take classes for a period of 6 months after which time the student may reapply.
Graduation Requirements A student must receive credit for all classes in a certificate to be eligible for graduation. Students are required to pass the EPA 608 Core and Type 2 certification exams. When graduation requirements have been met a certificate will be awarded from the ACR Training Center.
Student Records The school will maintain student master grade sheets, in an electronic format, for all classes completed for a period of 50 years from the last day of attendance.
Refund Policy Students who withdraw prior to the deadline for registration will be given a full refund. Students have 3 working days after signing the enrollment contract to withdraw without penalty if classes have not started during the 3 day period. Students who withdraw prior to the first class will receive a refund equal to 100% of tuition paid. It is the students’ responsibility to withdraw from class by sending an email of the effective date of withdrawal to the instructor. Withdrawal without penalty: Students may withdraw within the first 12 hours of class without penalty. Penalty for Withdrawal A $35.00 per class hour penalty will be assessed starting at hour 1 up to withdrawal date and time. Students who withdraw after 36 hours of classes will not receive a refund. There will not be refunds given on tools and text books. If a class is cancelled for any reason students will receive a full refund of tuition.
The ACR Training Center will make all refunds within 15 days of withdrawal. Withdrawals must be in the form of a written statement.
Job Placement and Assistance The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Training Center actively pursues placement of graduates with local contractors and employers in the industry. We will assist students in preparing a résumé and the developing interview skills. The ACR Training Center does not guarantee employment to graduates. Student Complaints Students are encouraged to speak to their instructor about any complaints or concerns with regard to the school, other students, facilities, or instruction, etc. Students are welcome to meet with the director of the school to discuss complaints or concerns. Students who feel their concerns or complaints have not been adequately addressed have the option of contacting the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education at 803-737-2260
Course Transferability The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Training Center does not have an articulation agreement with any other institution. Students should assume that courses taken at the ACR Training Center will not transfer to any other school for credit. Tools Employers will require that students have a basic set of tools and specialty test equipment before they can go to work. Included in the cost of the program is a set of Specialty tools and Test equipment.
Length of Program The Basic Training Program will take a total of approximately 240 hours of in class training and lab and 100 hours of online homework.
The weekend program will be completed in 20 Weeks The Summer Boot Camp will be completed in 10 Weeks
Refrigeration Module Approximately 120 Contact Hours / 50 Hours Online Refrigeration for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Fundamentals of Refrigeration Tools & Refrigerant Management Troubleshooting Refrigeration applied to AC & Heat Pumps Heat Pump Service & Repair
Students are required to take the Refrigeration Cycle and Charging Certification exam from HVAC Excellence. Students must also pass the EPA 608 exam Core and Type 2.
Electricity & Controls Module Approximately 120 Contact Hours / 50 Hours Online Electricity & Controls for HVAC Basic Electricity & Controls Advanced Control Circuitry Troubleshooting Motors & Controls
Course Descriptions Refrigeration Module Fundamentals of Refrigeration A study of the mechanical components that makeup a refrigeration system, the refrigeration cycle, and pressure temperature relationships of refrigerants
Tools & Refrigerant Management A study of safety in the workplace, the proper use hand tools, test equipment, and specialty tools including evacuation and recovery
Troubleshooting Refrigeration Applied to AC & HP Systems This course provides an advanced study of different types of refrigeration components, refrigerants, and the use of refrigeration to improve creature comfort.
Heat Pump, Service and Repair In this course students will learn to evaluate air distribution systems, servicing techniques and troubleshooting of AC and Heat Pump Systems.
Electricity & Controls Module Basic Electricity & Controls A study of the theory of electricity, Ohms Law, Series and Parallel circuitry, and an introduction to electro mechanical controls
Adv. Control Circuitry Is an advanced study of electrical controls. Students learn to draw and read wiring schematics in this class. Through this course students learn the basic control sequence of different types of systems.
Troubleshooting Motors & Controls This course includes the practical application of electrical and electronic components in HVAC systems. The course also includes the study of motors and troubleshooting motor circuitry, including standard motors and ECM’s.
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We accept new students every 10 week. The weekend program has a total of 20 weeks of instruction. The summer boot camp program is 10 weeks long.