The heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration training program offered by Johnstone Supply (Grimme Group), through its Johnstone Solutions University, has received national accreditation by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (PAHRA) program. This makes Johnstone Supply the only HVACR wholesale distributor in the country to receive such an accreditation.
PAHRA is an independent, third-party organization established to certify that HVACR training programs meet or exceed industry standards including faculty qualifications, curriculum, students, and facility standards in areas of residential air conditioning and heating, light commercial air conditioning and heating and commercial refrigeration.
“At Johnstone Supply, we have been working hard to position ourselves as a leading HVACR educational resource for the industry and are proud to announce that we are now an accredited institution”, said Mike Grimme, president. “This means that our training program is of the highest quality and the courses that are taken qualify for continuing education credit. There is no other HVACR supplier in the nation that has made this level of investment in the future.”
In order to qualify, Johnstone Supply (Grimme Group) underwent a self-evaluation as required in PAHRA’s Articles of Accreditation to compare its strengths and weaknesses to industry standards. A PAHRA survey team then conducted a two-day on-site visit for further evaluation. Once the survey was completed, the PAHRA Accreditation Committee then reviewed the findings and approved accreditation.
Johnstone Solutions University facilities are located in Cincinnati, Dayton and Indianapolis. The curriculum the university provides is constantly expanding and currently includes nearly 20 courses. In addition to classroom-style training, students also receive intense hands-on training at each of its facilities.