Workforce Development Resources for Contractors

HVACR Contractor Workforce Development

Keeping the Trades Strong By Empowering Business Owners

HVAC Contractor Workforce Development

A top priority to Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is to encourage more people to find rewarding careers in the skilled trades.

ACCA's Workforce Development initiative is free to members in good standing and provides both direction and a variety of online resources to help business owners participate in attracting and training students to enter and thrive in the HVACR trade.

ACCA took the Pledge to America's Workers with Former President Trump, Former Vice President Pence, and Ms. Ivanka Trump on July 25, 2019. On behalf of ACCA members, ACCA pledged to train 75,000 HVACR professionals.

ACCA Members followed up by pledging additional jobs and educational opportunities to the Pledge to America's Workers. ACCA Members make up over 10% of the companies committed to the Pledge!

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of business leaders do not think the education system is teaching the skills needed in the workforce.
of parents were satisfied that CTE gives their students a boost in their careers.
of CTE students graduated high school, 10% higher than the national average.
of companies report difficulty finding qualified applicants

ACCA Workforce Development Resources

Support for Perkins V Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act

ACCA fought for the re-authorization of Perkins V to ensure continued funding and support for Career and Technical Education (CTE) that meets the unique needs of each state for learners, educators and employers. The Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 was recently updated, bringing changes to the $1.2 billion annual federal investment in Career and Technical Education. Perkins V was signed into law on July 31, 2018 and went into effect on July 1st, 2019.

Federal Funding

Among the many benefits for your HVACR business, Perkins V awards funds to help inform your potential workforce about the rewards of receiving a career and technical education.

To learn more about this opportunity and the benefit of CTE participation for your business, access the free online resources in the Workforce Development section of the Member Services.



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How CTE Programs Benefit Your Business

  • As an active participant, you get first pick of talented young technicians
  • Contribute to a strong workforce, which means a strong economy
  • Nurture early interest through public school curriculum, helping to diversify the American workforce
  • Encourage continued education & certifications through local post-secondary CTE programs & the ACCA

School to Career Program

ACCA has published a guide that will help you to establish local school cooperative programs for career and technical education. Based on best practices and years of experience, the guide introduces you to the ways in which you can reach out to school programs to participate. Your participation provides students with the hands-on experience and mentorship they need to be prepared to enter the labor market as skilled trades workers. These programs serve high-school through adult students.

School to Career Program

Why Your Participation Matters

The trades are a great option for many students. Your participation helps to excite and encourage new entrants into the HVACR trade. In order for the industry to thrive it must attract new talent. Your support helps to produce the HVACR and refrigeration technicians of the future.

Access the free online School to Career Program resources in the Workforce Development section of the Member Services to learn how to get started.


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people will be needed by 2022 to fill jobs due to retirement, and anticipated growth in the industry.
of adult learners concentrating in CTE either continued their education or had a job within 6 months of program completion.
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Your Participation Keeps the Workforce Healthy & Industry Thriving.


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