Arizona Academy of Air Conditioning
HVAC Program of Study
2020 - 2021
9319 N 94th Way #500
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Main Phone: (480)937-1300
Conditionally licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Secondary Education www.azppse.gov
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Reason for Policy
Student Code of Conduct
Repeating Course Modules
HVAC Program of Study
Program Tuition and Fees
Cancellations and Refunds
Student Complaint/ Grievance Procedure
Staff and Faculty
The Arizona Academy of Air Conditioning, (The Academy) mission is to provide training for those individuals who are seeking to enter the HVAC industry as maintenance techs that will develop into service and installation techs as their career progresses. The course of study consists of 6 weeks of intensive training in the fundamentals of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Each subject will vary in length and includes classroom lecture laboratory work and hands on application. The program builds on knowledge acquired from each previous module to deliver a quick, but comprehensive training to prepare the student for the demands of an entry level maintenance technician.
The Air Conditioning Academy of Arizona contributes to fulfilling its mission through the attainment of these objectives:
ï To seek out and employ qualified instructors who are effective in the classroom and experienced in the practices of the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing trades.
ï To offer programmatic instruction in the trades which provide a positive career path for our graduates.
ï To promote in each student a confident, competent and professional attitude and an awareness of current business practices through exposure to practical course content.
ï To graduate students who are competent in their chosen career skills.
ï To assist graduates in finding entry level employment in satisfying positions.
This Academy has a culturally diverse educational and work environment. The School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity, non-discrimination, and non-retaliation for any member of the academy’s community on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veterans’ or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected group status. This policy applies to all employees, faculty, applicants, students and visitors in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and ordinances. This policy of non-discrimination addresses all aspects of student life and/or academic environment, and therefore, our Academy expressly prohibits unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, whether in assumptions, attitudes, acts, or policies. Conduct that intimidates by threat, violence, brings about adversity, or creates a hostile environment is contrary to this Academy’s commitment of maintaining a harmonious, high performance work and educational environment.
The Academy is a non-accredited facility.
Prospective Students must meet the following minimum requirements:
Minimum age of 18 years old
Complete all admissions paperwork including but not limited to the Student enrollment agreement and have made arrangements with financial aid to successfully and completely fund their education.
High School Diploma, G.E.D, Home School Certification ( or proof of an associate’s, bachelors or master’s degrees)
Read and sign the insurance liability and identification forms*
Pass a criminal background check completed by campus personnel
Criminal Background Checks and driver’s license checks (collectively herein referred to as “Background Checks”) will be conducted on all conditionally accepted applicants prior to their enrollment in the HVAC Program (the “Program”). Academy will designate a company to conduct the Background Checks and this company will issue reports directly to the Office of the President or his designees in the Office of Admissions. The School’s Conditional Letter of Acceptance and Enrollment Application will inform prospective Students about the background check policy and the School shall provide a copy of his/her rights according to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). Final admittance into the Program is conditional on a satisfactory background report which must be completed and approved prior to admission. Any omission of required information, including the failure to provide the consent, or submitting false, misleading or incomplete information by the prospective or current Student may result in withdrawal of conditional acceptance and/or immediate termination/dismissal from the Program.
*Some training occurs in an operating HVAC company using compressed gasses and live high voltage electrical current. Many Lab systems are fully functional and pose a danger to students if safety protocols are not followed. At no time is a student to operate or use these lab systems except under the direction of the instructor. Failure to adhere to this policy could be cause for immediate removal from the class.
REASON FOR POLICY
The purposes of conducting Background Checks are multiple:
To identify accepted applicants who have a criminal history or driver’s license issues that may preclude them from participating in the Program;
To assure compliance with various regulatory or accrediting agencies that require or recommend such checks;
To inform Students in advance of potential problems if the Student has a criminal history that may affect the Academy’s ability to place the Student in a job after graduation;
To support The Academy’s commitment to risk management.
This policy is specific to criminal activity and does not apply to non-criminal violations or matters of civil law.
Enrollment will not be final until the completion of the background check, the result of which is deemed acceptable to the Program. Applicants and/or Students who do not consent to the required background check, refuse to provide information necessary to conduct the background check, or provide false or misleading information in regard to the background check will be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, refusal of admission or immediate termination/dismissal from the Program. All expenses associated with the Background Checks are the responsibility of the School.
Students are to present a professional and personal appearance at all times. Facial hair should be appropriately trimmed and facial jewelry must be removed during class time. Standards regarding jewelry or any other items that may be a safety hazard is prohibited. The main objective is to maintain uniformity and to avoid an extreme or unprofessional appearance. It is the responsibility of this Academy’s administration to ensure the Students are adhering to the dress code consisting of a neat appearance; thus, preparing our Students for potential job interviews, contractor visits and most importantly the workforce. The Academy has specific dress code guidelines, and it will be at the discretion of the School’s Administration to determine compliance of this policy. Violation of the specific prohibitions and requirements set forth in this policy may be punishable by grade penalty and any additional disciplinary actions deemed reasonable by the Academy’s administration The Academy expects that each Student will wear long jeans or cargo pants, a belt at waist level and no shorts of any kind.
Dress code violations include but are not limited to:
Open toe shoes, sandals, slippers and flip flops
Short sleeve shirts
Hats, baseball caps, hoodies and bandanas in class
Visible undergarments even when seated
Athletic wear, including: gym shorts, jerseys, wind jogging suits etc.…
The Students are expected to meet the following standards or guidelines with respect to personal grooming and hygiene maintenance:
Consistent bathing and oral hygiene
No heavily- scented perfumes, colognes, or lotions
Clean, well-groomed hair, including beards, mustaches, goatees, and sideburns (no artificial colors outside natural hair color)
Clothing and attire must not interfere with the safe operation of duties or equipment
No dangling, large hoop jewelry, or gauged ears (which may present a safety hazard)
Piercings are limited to a maximum of one (1) per ear. (Any other visible piercings are prohibited – exceptions will be made where piercings are demanded by religion or culture)
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and professional manner and adhere to the Academy’s policies. Violation of Academy’s policies may result in disciplinary action including probation, suspension, and dismissal. Students are required to abide by the conduct guidelines below:
Display respect for fellow students, faculty and Academy’s staff members.
Do not interfere with the learning progress of other students.
Put forth a reasonable effort to learn and successfully complete training within the scheduled training period.
Put forth a reasonable effort to attend all scheduled classes and have valid reasons for any time missed.
Put forth a reasonable effort to make up any missed classes or assignments.
Provide constructive criticism to improve the school and do not disparaging remarks when speaking of the school, faculty, or fellow students.
Students are not permitted to remove any supplies textbooks, equipment or other Academy’s property from the premises without prior written permission from a faculty or administrative member.
Students will leave their classroom and lab area clean at the end of the class period.
Students will not eat or use tobacco products in classrooms, labs or other not designated area.
Students will not bring visitors to the academy without prior permission from a faculty or administrative member.
Make all tuition payments as scheduled.
Refrain from using loud, abusive, vulgar, or profane language on or near Academy’s premises.
Students will not engage in gambling, fighting, soliciting, or distribution of literature of any kind on Academy’s premises.
Students will not misuse vandalize, or otherwise damage any Academy’s property.
Abide by the dress code at all times.
Do not engage in cheating or plagiarism of any form.
Students are not permitted to bring or possess alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons of any kind on or near Academy’s premises.
Students are not permitted to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on Academy’s premises.
Academy’s training program not only involves intensive hands-on and practical training but also safety and professional standards. The proper use of safety glasses and other relevant personal protection equipment (PPE) is expected at all times while working in the lab. Student conduct conducive to a safe working environment is expected every day whether in the classroom or lab. Students who see unsafe acts and/or conditions should report them to their instructor or any member of the administrative staff. All injuries should be reported immediately to the instructor. If medical attention is needed, emergency medical personnel will be called to attend to the injured individual. The Academy assumes no responsibility for any injuries other than those resulting from participation in normally scheduled instructional programs. This is the beginning of a conditioning process preparing each Student with the safety requirements for a successful career in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field.
All students are required to have safety glasses and work gloves for every class.
Theft is defined as taking or possessing the property of another without right or permission. Students shall respect the property of the Academy, other Students, employees and visitors. Specific violations of this standard include, but are not limited to the unauthorized taking, misappropriation, possession, retention, or disposal of any property owned or maintained by the Academy, another Student, a person attending an Academy sponsored event, or any other person. Likewise, any lost or misplaced item that is found should immediately be turned in to the Director’s Office.
The Arizona Academy of Air Conditioning assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to personal property. It is the students’ responsibility to protect their belongings on or off campus.
Students must achieve a minimum of 80% attendance to the program of study in order to graduate.
CLASS START DATES:
Fall session – September 2020- December 2020
* 2 sessions available base on class sizes *
* Observing all major federal holidays *
Spring session – January 2021 – March 2021
* 2 sessions available base on class sizes
All students are encouraged to be on time and prepared for each day. We understand that other issues may cause lateness. It is important that known late arrivals be communicated with The Academy staff as soon as it is known.
To meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, 80% attendance and an average cumulative grade of 70% is required. It is evaluated weekly. Students must also be progressing at a rate that would ensure completion within 150% of the published scheduled weeks in the program.
It is not our intent to find student candidates that do not have the skillsets or motivation to complete this course of instruction prior to their enrollment. However, if a student fails to attend the classes consistently, falls behind in their work, and cannot demonstrate a mastery of the subjects, they will receive a failing grade. Makeup hours are not offered but the student can choose to re-take courses in the next program cycle.
To be eligible for graduation demonstrate mastery of all subjects taught, have attended at least 80% of all class times, complete lab assignments, and satisfy the lead tech during their “ride along”, and have a zero balance on all accounts.
HVAC PROGRAM OF STUDY
The HVAC curriculum consists of modules which covers the fundamental principles of refrigeration, thermodynamics, electricity, customer relations, sheet metal duct work, air conditioning and heat pumps equipment operation, and electrical and gas heating from 8 am to 12:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In every course the individual receives 4 hours of training. Students spends an average of 2 hours for lecture, and 2 hours of practical application every day. The duration of the program is 6 weeks.
The graduate is prepared to seek entry-level employment in HVACR including but not limited to: equipment installer, maintenance technician, and apprentice heating technician.
At the completion of the program of study the student will have had obtained the EPA 608 Refrigerant Recovery and Transition certification. The individual will also be prepared to take the NATE Ready to Work and HVAC Support Technician certifications.
PROGRAM TUITION AND FEES
The six-week course is $5,500 paid in advance by check or credit card.
There is a three-day grace period after payment is made, where all monies will be returned upon written request. Including Current Tuition, Books, Non-Refundable Fees, Lab materials.
The total cost of the HVAC maintenance technician program:
Tuition: $ 5,000.00
Administration/ Registration Fee $ 200.00
Books/ Supplies $ 200.00
EPA Exam* $ 100.00
*Fee to be paid to third-party to administer exam
Total Program Cost $ 5,500.00
Students are expected to make the maximum effort to cover their own Academy expenses. At the moment the Academy will not participate in federal and state financial aid programs and student loan programs through state and federal government entitlement.
However, private companies often reimburse students for their education, and governmental agencies and programs may support through workers' compensation, private insurance, disability or other entitlement, dependent on their financial policies and practices.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
If for any reason an applicant is not accepted by the school, the applicant is entitled to a refund of all monies paid.
Three-Day Cancellation: An applicant who provides written notice of cancellation within three days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and federal and state holidays) of signing an enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies paid. No later than 15 days of receiving the notice of cancellation, the school shall provide the 100% refund.
Other Cancellations: An applicant requesting cancellation more than three days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment, but prior to entering the school, is entitled to a refund of all monies paid, minus the registration fee of $200.
REFUND AFTER THE COMMENCEMENT OF CLASSES:
1. Procedure for withdrawal/withdrawal date:
- A student choosing to withdraw from the school after the commencement of classes is to provide written notice to the Director of the school. The notice is to indicate the expected last date of attendance and be signed and dated by the student.
- A student will be determined to be withdrawn from the institution if the student has not attended any class for 15 days based upon program length.
All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the determination of the withdrawal date.
2. Tuition charges/refunds:
- Before the beginning of classes, the student is entitled to a refund of 100% of the tuition, minus the registration fee of $200.
After the commencement of classes, the tuition refund, minus the registration fee of $200 will be determined as follows:
% of the clock hours attempted: Tuition refund amount:
10% or less 90 %
More than 10% and less than or equal to 20% 80 %
More than 20% and less than or equal to 30% 70 %
More than 30% and less than or equal to 40% 60 %
More than 40% and less than or equal to 50% 50 %
More than 50% No Refund is required
The percentage of the clock hours attempted is determined by dividing the total number of clock hours elapsed from the student’s start date to the student’s last day of attendance, by the total number of clock hours in the program.
Refunds will be issued within 30 days of the date of student notification, or date of school determination (withdrawn due to absences or other criteria as specified in the school catalog), Books, supplies and registration fees are non-refundable. Class start disclosure – The Academy may, at its discretion, shift class start dates to include additional students up to 10 days after original start date.
HOLDER IN DUE COURSE STATEMENT:
Any holder of this consumer credit contract is subject to all claims and defenses which the debtor could assert against the seller of goods or services obtained pursuant hereto or with the proceeds, hereof Recovery hereunder by the debtor shall not exceed amounts paid by the debtor (FTC Rule effective 5-14-76).
STUDENT COMPLAINT/GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
Student Grievance Procedure: Should a student have a complaint with the Institution, then the following steps shall be taken by him/her:
Student shall first attempt to address the grievance informally with the instructor or applicable staff member and try to resolve it. If unsuccessful, proceed to the written grievance procedure.
Any grievances must be filed within 6 months of the last class attended by the student to be valid.
Student may state the grievance in writing to the “Administrator” Campus President, or designee. Administrator or designee shall have five (5) business days in which to investigate and address the grievance.
Should Administrator or designee fail to or unacceptably address the grievance, the Student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The Student must contact the State Board for further detail
If the Student complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details.
The State Board Address is:
1740 W. Adams Street, Suite 3008
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
STAFF AND FACULTY
Director ……………….............…….... Richard Larsen
Training Instructor ……………………… Ivan Flores
Administrative Director ...………….. Caitlin Scott
Richard Larsen - Bachelor of Arts ASU Graduated History minor in Chemistry -1977
Master Heat Pump Mechanic, Nate Certified