Standard 6: Physical Facilities
The HVACR program's physical facilities shall provide a safe learning environment and provide the means to
facilitate the achievement of the program goals and mission.
Standard 6.1 -Safety
Fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and eye wash station shall be available and accessible. The location and
operation of all safety equipment must be included in the curriculum. All classrooms and lab/work areas must
comply with all applicable OSHA regulations. All classrooms and lab/work areas shall comply with local fire
codes. The minimum required combined classroom and shop area per student is 120 square feet.
Standard 6.2 - Classroom and Office
There shall be an area or room separate from the lab or shop area designated as a classroom, and another
room designated as the instructor's office. The classroom must be adequately lighted, heated/cooled, void of
noise or distractions as much as possible. It must be equipped with a marker board, multimedia equipment, as
well as reference materials, internet connected computers (minimum of 1 for every 3 students) and other
teaching/learning equipment necessary to enhance learning. The instructor's office shall be separate from the
classroom to provide a secure place for student records and be convenient for conference needs. The
classroom must be kept clean and orderly.
Standard 6.3 - Maintenance and Housekeeping
Good housekeeping and maintenance of equipment shall be an on-going priority to assure general safety,
establish good work habits, and to provide an adequate training environment. These practices shall be
incorporated as part of the student's training.
Standard 6.4 - Laboratory Area
Training areas or lab stations shall be located in a well-lit separate area, and near the classroom.
Workbenches, training mock-ups, and equipment shall be readily available in the shop area. Given the nature
of the chemicals used in the shop/lab area, the entire area shall be equipped with a permanently installed
mechanical exhaust system that meets the requirements as set forth by local building and occupancy codes.
The Shop/Lab shall have the necessary utilities and fuel supplies to support the stated curriculum such as;
three phase power, natural gas, fuel oil, LPG, etc.