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How does one get the four hours of continuing education? This is the unique part of this bill. It is designed to be effective but easy for the licensee. Let’s look at this:
Third! What training is required? Training is divided into two parts. A. two (2) hours of code training and B. two (2) hours of technical or business training. C. A third option allows a person to take all (4) hours in code training if that is preferable to the licensee. Code training will be determined by the Arkansas HVACR Licensing Board. Common code infractions and new code will be addressed. Education is the least expensive and best method of regulation and consumer protection. This training will save contractors and homeowners the headache of good guys doing bad things because they did not know. Two hours of technical or business education is the maximum the law will require; however, this is such a bare minimum. Distributors and manufacturers offer much more each year. Colleges will gladly offer continuing education classes to help the industry and to attract licensees to their for credit, non-credit, and apprenticeship programs. It is just good industry relations. The Association already offers seminar style classes in eight chapters, five times per year and stands ready to create more chapters and more education. The Association mission is to serve the educational needs of the HVACR industry and not just the members of the Association but of the
First! Who Can Offer the Training?
( A) State, county, or municipal inspectors or other state approved officials; (B) Equipment and supply distributors and manufacturers; (C) Colleges and other institutions of education, including state, for-profit, and nonprofit organizations; and (D) Trade organizations involved in the HVACR industry. manufacturers, colleges, training institutes, and trade organizations are all available to offer classes. Distributors and manufacturers are especially interested in training because it brings down the number of warranty claims. Second! Where can I get this training? There are 17 community and technical colleges, at least 10 distribution centers and 8 Association chapters in the state. Each is willing to offer classes at minimal to no cost to the licensee. There are over 284 local inspectors in 134 cities that can offer code training at facilities donated by the colleges and distributors. Training will be “local”, readily available, and affordable. Distributors,