Transforming HVACR Education: UA and HVAC Excellence Unite for Seamless Success

August 15, 2023

In a pivotal move that aims to empower students and revolutionize the HVACR industry, the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) and HVAC Excellence have joined forces to establish a groundbreaking articulation agreement. This momentous agreement opens doors for seamless transitions, benefiting graduates of HVACR educational programs accredited by HVAC Excellence, as they step into the United Association’s (UA) Department of Labor registered apprenticeship programs.

The UA, in affiliation with the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), offers some of the most coveted careers in the HVACR industry. Under this pioneering articulation agreement, the hard-earned credits and credentials of students who have completed HVAC Excellence accredited programs can be recognized and smoothly transferred into the esteemed UA apprenticeship program.

An articulation agreement, at its core, acts as a formal bridge between two educational institutions or organizations, offering a clear pathway for students to transfer their

Robert Vilches, Training Specialist, United Association, Howard Weiss, President ESCO Group, HVAC Excellence, Ray Boyd, Training Director United Association

academic achievements from one entity to another. This agreement dismantles the obstacles that often hinder educational transitions, enabling students to continue their academic journey without the burden of redundant coursework.

The benefits of such forward-looking articulation agreements are manifold. Students’ painstakingly earned credits and credentials are acknowledged, enabling them to avoid course repetition and potentially achieve advanced placement. Simultaneously, HVACR programs accredited by HVAC Excellence find their appeal to prospective students heightened, as they now present a transparent path to some of the industry’s most sought-after employers. Lastly, the mechanical contractors affiliated with the MSCA stand to benefit from a skilled talent pool of individuals who have committed to HVACR careers, potentially reducing attrition rates. These individuals have already showcased their dedication to the industry, equipped with essential foundational knowledge and task abilities.

This agreement creates a win-win-win scenario for students, educational institutions, and contractors alike. By acknowledging and rewarding students for their prior learning, it is a decisive step towards efficiently utilizing their potential and maximizing their educational journey.

“The articulation agreement is a testament to our commitment to nurturing talent and ensuring that the transition from education to the workforce is as smooth as possible. We are excited to open doors for HVACR students and empower them with the recognition they deserve,” said Eugene Silberstein, National Programs Director of HVAC Excellence.

To learn more about advanced placement opportunities in the UA HVACR apprenticeship program, and specifics of the agreement, visit and click the accreditation tab.

About the United Association

The United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA) represents approximately 366,000 Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters, HVACR Service Technicians, Welders and Pipeliners working in the construction industry throughout North America.

About HVAC Excellence

HVAC Excellence is a standards organization focused on enhancing HVACR education quality. It validates programs, monitors skill progression throughout careers, and supports educators with resources. By ensuring curriculum alignment with industry needs and fostering ongoing learning, HVAC Excellence has become a vital force in elevating HVACR education and industry standards.