Educator Credentialing

The foundation for building a great program begins with having: text books, software, assessments, equipment, trainers, tools and test instruments. However, in the end of the day the most important asset of the program is the instructor! The quality of any program is only as good as the instructor chosen to lead it.

When a seasoned professional transitions into the world of education, they are expected to have a better understanding of technologies and supporting theory than a technician in the field or the students they will serve.

This is not unique to the HVACR industry, as K-12 instructors are required to take educator credentialing exams that validate if they have the knowledge required to teach the competencies of the program. A student should have the confidence in knowing that their instructor is a subject matter expert in the area being covered and has the knowledge and ability to prepare that student for success in that subject area.

Certified Subject Matter Educator - "CSME"

To enable HVACR instructors to verify the depth of their knowledge and ability to relate subject matter effectively, HVAC Excellence developed specialized educator credentialing exams called Certified Subject Matter Educator “CSME”.

These exams validate an HVACR instructor has mastered the subject matter to teach the competencies in their curriculum. The Capstone exam (CORE) covers technical education methodologies and principles and practices, and attests to an instructor’s pedagogical skills.

Areas of Certification:

  • Core - Capstone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Gas Heat
  • Heat Pumps
  • Electrical
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Electric Heat
  • Oil Heat

The exams provide instructors a report that aide them identify their strengths and weaknesses and help identify the professional development they may need. For in the end, the programs student’s success is dependent upon the knowledge of the instructor leading the program.

Persons who successfully pass these exams are awarded a certified subject matter certificate, I.E. Certified Subject Matter Certificate Heat Pumps.

Certified Master HVACR Educator - "CMHE"

HVACR instructors who earn the title of CSME have demonstrated they are a subject matter leader in a given subject. A technician in the field like a doctor can specialize.

However, when one transitions into the world of education, they are expected to teach a large number of subjects.

To validate that an instructor has the retained knowledge necessary to teach the competencies of most HVACR programs HVAC Excellence created the Certified Master HVACR Educator – CMHE program.

In order to earn the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator - CMHE, an instructor needs to successfully pass six Certified Subject Matter Educator examinations with a score of 80% or higher.

These exams are:

  • Electrical
  • Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Air Conditioning
  • Light Commercial Refrigeration
  • Electric Heat

And one of the following

  • Gas Heat
  • Oil Heat
  • Heat Pumps

Additionally, an instructor must pass the Capstone exam (CORE) which covers technical education methodologies, principles, and practices which attest to their pedagogical skills.

The CMHE credential is not easy to earn, is a terminal certification and the highest credential that HVAC Excellence can confer upon an HVACR educator.

Persons who have the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator bestowed upon them receive a wall plaque, are listed on the HVAC Excellence website, and are recognized at the HVAC Excellence National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference.

Additional Information

For information on having your testing center setup to administer the educator credentialing exams, call 1-800-394-5268.

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