Steve Allen, M.A., LEED AP (HVAC Excellence), Randy Troutman (Instructor), Dr. James Crisp (HVAC Excellence), Laurie Morrow (Campus Dean), Dr. Jimmy Sawtelle (Chancellor)

HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce that the Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Natchitoches, Louisiana has been granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration “HVACR” program.


Since the 1930’s, career and technical education has been offered to the citizens of Louisiana. While a great deal has changed since then, Louisiana’s commitment to training their workforce remains strong.


Central Louisiana Technical Community College is a two year technical and community college, that understands technologies continually change. Knowing that the HVACR industry is one of the fastest growing career opportunities in the United States (offering careers that cannot be exported or automated), the school wanted to ensure that the HVACR program had the resources to produce graduates with the retained knowledge necessary for success in this growing field. To accomplish this, the school decided to pursue third-party programmatic accreditation of the program.


What is programmatic accreditation?

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third-party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to ensure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.


In order to pursue accreditation, the staff at the school had to submit a self-study filled with narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards. The self-study, once completed, was sent to the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.


HVAC Excellence, having approved the self-study, sent a team to conduct an intense, onsite review of the program. The onsite team consists of two members, one who has served as an HVACR instructor, the other as a school administrator. These onsite team members are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training, and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program.


Upon a thorough review of all of the documentation presented by the school and the onsite accreditation team, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board decided to grant accreditation of the program.


Some of the many benefits of obtaining HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation include:

  • provides students with quality assurance of the program
  • aids in establishing articulation agreements
  • provides employers assurance that graduates are properly trainedaids in establishing articulation agreements
  • serves as an eligibility determinant for funding
  • increased enrollment
  • enhanced student placement and employer satisfaction
  • faculty participation in self-study and annual reporting
  • assists students in the acceptability of transfer credits
  • creates goals for self-improvement
  • leads to advanced placement opportunities

Learn more about the nationally accredited HVACR program at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Natchitoches, Louisiana by visiting them online at