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Zen and the Art of the Service Call

Our Faculty Lead, Jeff Taylor CMHE, presented this unique workshop last April at the HVAC Excellence Educator’s Conference in Las Vegas. In case you missed the conference, here are his words of wisdom on how to be the Zen Master at your company.


Jeff TaylorJeff started his HVACR career after leaving military service. Using the G.I. Bill to attend Universal Technical Institute, he graduated from the HVACR program. He returned to the desert and progressed from apprentice, to journeyman, field supervisor, service manager, to contractor. After qualifying for a single-subject teaching credential he took a job as a service adviser working for an equipment distributor. His experience has been invaluable in promoting educational opportunities to the technician workforce. Jeff works with HVACRedu.net as Q Program Liaison, Faculty Lead, and Subject Matter Expert.

HVACRedu.net Faculty Jeff Taylor Achieves Top CMHE Certification

by Howard Weiss

The foundation for building a great program begins with having: text books, software, assessments, equipment, trainers, tools and test instruments. However, at the end of the day the most important asset of the program is the instructor.

Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor, Certified Master HVACR Educator

The quality of any program is only as good as the instructor chosen to lead it!

HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce that Jeff Taylor of HVACRedu.net has had the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator “CMHE” bestowed upon him.

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.

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. The exams help instructors identify areas where they need professional development. For in the end, a student’s success is dependent upon the knowledge of the instructor leading their program.

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. To earn the CMHE title, an instructor needs to successfully pass the following CSME examinations: the Capstone (which covers technical education methodologies, principles, and practices which attest to their pedagogical skills), electrical, air conditioning, light commercial air conditioning, light commercial refrigeration, electric heat and one of the following: gas heat, oil heat or heat pumps.

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

Jeff Taylor of HVACRedu.net, having the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator bestowed upon him, now joins an elite group of instructors who have earned this prestigious title.

To learn more about the Certified Master HVACR Educator program, visit www.hvacexcellence.org.

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HVACRedu.net’s Founder and CEO Shines in Best Instructor Contest

In case you missed it in the flurry and hurry of the holidays, Chris Compton, our founder and CEO, has had his expertise and experience recognized in a big way recently. Here’s an excerpt from the article at The NEWS:

Chris Compton

Chris Compton

Coal miner, Army soldier, park operator, machinist — these are just a few of the jobs Chris Compton has held over the years. But when Compton took his first refrigeration class more than 30 years ago, he knew he’d finally found his calling.

Now, Compton operates HVACRedu.net, an industry-accredited online training website he founded nearly two decades ago, when online learning was still in its infancy. “I love classroom instruction,” Compton said. “But, the reality is, you can’t be a classroom instructor to thousands and thousands of people. Online learning is an acceptable solution to one of our greatest needs as an industry.”

Compton’s passion and dedication to providing quality HVACR training for technicians and students worldwide is what makes him The NEWS’ 2014 Best Instructor runner-up.

Mr. Compton was chosen as one of the “best of the best,” four winners from among 95 nominees. In the article announcing the winners, Jen Anesi describes him and the other winners as “leading examples of how the industry is constantly shaping its next generation.”

We see that every day at HVACRedu.net and ItsAboutQ.net, and we’re thrilled to see Chris’s excellent instructor talents recognized on such a prominent platform.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, we invite you to explore the campus at HVACRedu.net and discover for yourself the ways we can help you shine in your own career.