History of Programmatic Accreditation
In the late 1990’s technology was rapidly changing and many schools and school systems worried that their technology programs may not be keeping up with all of the advances.
One of these systems, the Tennessee Board of Regents wanted to verify they were preparing their students to be competitive in the workplace. To accomplish this, they mandated
that their technological programs attain third-party, programmatic accreditation. Programmatic accreditation is where an independent, third party, non-governmental peer review
is conducted of the specific programs against set standards.
At that time the Tennessee Board of Regents discovered that no national accreditation agency had ever been established for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
(HVACR) industry. Furthermore, when contacting various industry groups, none were interested in establishing one. That is until they contacted HVAC Excellence. HVAC Excellence was
established only a few years earlier in 1994, to improve the technical competency of the HVACR industry.
HVAC Excellence began conducting programmatic accreditation in 1999, establishing the industry’s first accrediting body, after working with the Tennessee Board of Regents and the
HVACR industry to establish a set of standards.