Association of Air Conditioning Professionals

A request to cancel a registration and/or request a refund must be made in writing to An administrative fee may apply for a cancellation received within one week of the event. We regret that a refund will not be issued to an individual who does not attend the event.

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Upcoming events

    • Friday, June 14, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Montgomery College Rockville Campus
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    2019-2020 Academic Year Registration

    The HVAC industry offers you an occupation which offers a competitive income and the ability to master a skill in which you can take pride. With skilled workers in great demand, the HVAC Industry offers you a career with year-round work and the opportunity for promotion.

    Our four-year apprenticeship program was developed after carefully assessing the needs of the HVAC industry. Upon successful completion of this program, each apprentice will receive:

    • A career path
    • Pride in themselves
    • Credits toward an Associate Degree from Montgomery College
    • The opportunity to receive a Maryland Journeyperson's License without having to sit for the exam

    Registration will close on Friday, June 14, 2019


    These are the minimum qualifications for an apprentice.

    1. Applicant must be at least 16 years of age.
    2. Applicant should be a high school graduate, but a 9th grade or higher education will be considered.
    3. Must be physically fit to perform the work of the occupation.
    4. Must have adequate means of transportation to individual job sites.
    5. Must provide occupation tools as required by employer.


    The basic requirements to be in the apprenticeship program are:
    1. An individual can be unemployed to participate in the First Year, only.
    2. An individual must be employed by an AACP Member Company for each of the Second, Third and Fourth Year.
    3. An individual must have 144 hours of related instruction, per year, as offered by AACP Instructors.
    4. Maintain a state-issued Apprentice License during the program.


    The successful completion of the apprenticeship program requires:
    1. An individual must attend no less than 85% of classroom instruction, per class.
    2. An individual must pass each class with a minimum of 70% or C-.
    3. An individual must attain 8,000 hours of occupational-related work experience over four years [On-The-Job-Training Hours].

    If an apprentice passes every class and attains the required On-The-Job-Training hours, AACP will submit the appropriate paperwork for the apprentice to receive a Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship from the State of Maryland.


    Classes for the Apprenticeship Program are held in the Gudelsky Institute on the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College.


    A First-Time Applicant must send a request to AACP to create an online profile. This request can be sent by email using the link below. Send us this information: First Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Home Phone, E-Mail Address and Name of Employer.

    Once we create the online profile, you will be sent a temporary password by email. This password will allow you to log in and update your online profile, change your password, and register for the program.

    Or, you may call the AACP Office at 410.527.0780 to create your online profile.

    First Time Applicants: Send your Information via E-Mail

    To complete the registration process, a First-Time Applicant must e-mail copies of the following documents to
    1. State-issued driver's license.
    2. High school diploma, GED Certificate or official transcript of the last grade completed [9th Grade or above].
    3. Military Discharge papers, if previously served in the United States military.
    4. State-issued Apprentice License.


    Log into your online profile using your email address as the username. If you forgot your password, click on Forgot Password and the system will assign and send you a temporary one. Once you receive the temporary password, log into your profile and update your password.

    Returning Apprentices: Click Here to Register


    Tuition includes academic coursework and textbooks:

    • First-Time Applicant Tuition with Member Company - $1,800
    • First-Time Applicant Tuition with NonMember Company - $2,800
    • Returning Applicant Tuition - $1,700

    The First-Time Applicant Tuition includes a $100 non-refundable application fee.

    A Second, Third and Fourth Year apprentice must be employed with an AACP Member Company.


    Unless other arrangements are approved in advance and in writing, tuition must be paid in full on or before July 19, 2019.

    The Association of Air Conditioning Professionals, AACP, assumes no liability whatsoever with respect to any financial arrangement between the Apprentice and the Employer.

    • Saturday, July 13, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Montgomery College - Rockville, Homer S. Gudelsky Institute Room 224
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    Registration for this event will close on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

    Skip Test for a First Year Apprentice

    An individual registered for the First Year apprenticeship program has the opportunity to earn credit hours for past work experience and advance to the Second Year.

    To assess the previous work experience, a registered apprentice will be given an exam in each of five [5] instructional areas. Specifically:

    1. Basic Heating
    2. Electricity
    3. Introduction to Trade
    4. Math
    5. Basic Refrigeration

    Passing Requirements

    In order for a First Year apprentice to advance to the Second Year, three [3] of the five [5] exams must be passed with a minimum grade of 80%. The exams which must be passed are: Electricity, Basic Heating and Basic Refrigeration. ALL THREE EXAMS must be passed to advance to the Second Year.

    If an apprentice passes the three required exams but fails either or both the Introduction to Trade and/or Math exam, the apprentice will need to take these First Year classes in addition to Second Year classes.

    NOTE: Calculators are permitted. Phone calculators are not allowed.

    Registration Fee

    There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $150 to take the five [5] exams.

    Practice Exams

    Practice exams are available for each of the five [5] instructional areas. Download these exams to prepare.

    • Friday, September 13, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club - 41601 Raspberry Dr, Leesburg, VA 20176

    A Day at the Fairway

    Join HVAC Industry leaders for an exceptional round of golf at the spectacular Raspberry Falls golf course in Leesburg, Virginia.
    Choose your foursome or let AACP pick for you - the format is Captain's Choice! Your ticket price includes the opportunity to golf a full 18 - hole course, enjoy delicious complimentary food and beverages, as well as the chance to win some great prizes!

    General Information

    • Registration will open at 8:00 AM
    • Shotgun is at 9:00 AM
    • Buffet Lunch
    • Awards from the day will be given during lunch along with raffle prizes

    About the Venue

    With vistas of the Catoctin Mountains in the background, you will feel as if you've traveled across the Atlantic to play golf in the British Isles.

     And you will find that one of the biggest tests of your golfing skills on this course will be conquering the deep Scottish-style stacked pot bunkers. As in Scotland, these bunkers have their own names, including “Lee’s Bunker” and “Grant’s Tomb” on No. 11 and “Satan’s Foxhole” on No. 14.

    Rules and Regulations

    • Raspberry Falls is a non-metal spike facility. The fee for a spike change is $12.00.
    • Dress Code:
      • Men - Slacks or shorts, shirts with sleeve and color.
      • Women - Dress, skirt, slacks, or shorts with blouse or appropriate shirt.
      • Cut-offs or blue jeans are not permitted.

    • Friday, September 13, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Raspberry Falls Golf Club, 41601 Raspberry Drive, Leesburg VA 20176
    Sponsor AACP's Annual Golf Tournament!

    A Day at the Fairway

    We have over 20 opportunities for you to showcase your company to AACP and HVAC Industry professionals!

    Sponsorship Options

    401 - Hole Sponsor

    Includes company signage at the spot of the hole. Limited one hole sponsorship per company. 18 hole sponsorships are available!
    Fee: $250

    402 - Beverage Cart

    Includes signage on the beverage cart and complimentary registration for 4 golfers.
    Fee: $1,500

    403 - Breakfast Sponsor

    Includes signage at the breakfast table.
    Fee: $500

    404 - Dinner Sponsor

    Includes signage at the dinner table and complimentary registration for 4 golfers.
    Fee: $1500

    • Monday, September 30, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • DoubleTree Hotel - 15101 Sweitzer Ln, Laurel, MD 20707
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    Work One-on-One with Heat Exchanger Experts

    Heat Exchanger Training & Seminar Benefits

    • The most effective way to find and identify defects in the heat exchanger
    • Locate where defects most commonly occur
    • Metal behavior tendencies and histories of heat exchanger failure
    • The consistent defects in various heat exchangers over the past 50 years
    • Defects that occur in the newer, high-efficiency furnaces
    • After attending this seminar, service technicians will realize how many defective, unsafe furnaces they may have overlooked

     We let you see for yourself

    Over 50 actual field-tested heat exchangers are brought right to the class room for your personal inspection. See the stress points, fracture zones, and design considerations which you MUST know in order to properly inspect a furnace.

    Name brands and real-to-life examples

    The heat exchangers reviews come from actual inspections, just like the ones you perform as part of your daily routine. You will learn how to identify wear-patterns of various exchanger designs. By attending our heat exchanger training, you will be able to quickly see repeating trouble spots of various furnaces which can greatly decrease inspection time.


    Who Should Attend

    Every furnace installer and inspector can benefit from this seminar. The information presented represents over 50 years of combined expertise in the heating industry. Learn the secrets of the trade now so you can apply them throughout your career.

    • Company Owners
    • Service Managers
    • Heating Technicians

    About the Instructors

    Russell Prach

    Russell Prach, son of Ellis, has grown up in this industry. Shadowing his father, Russell has acquired Ellis’ expertise on heat exchanger services, and is eager to pass it along. Russell’s passion and enthusiasm for this trade is contagious; you will see his enthusiasm transpire in his teaching methods as he captures the attention of each and every student or attendee.

    Thanks to Russell's passion, both contractors, and home inspectors alike, leave the class inspired and excited to use their newfound knowledge in the field.

    Christopher Prach

    Meet the youngest instructor on our team, Christopher Prach. Although new to the training, Christopher grew up in this industry under Ellis, so heat exchanger training and servicing are both very familiar to him.

    The knowledge he brings from his extensive field experience, accompanied by the expertise passed down from his father, Christopher makes a great addition to the instructing team. When Christopher is not on tour, aside from being a father, he oversees the field operations in our service company.


    Registration is limited to 35 attendees. Reserve your spot today!

    This class will start promptly at 8:00 am.  Attendees must arrive by 7:30 a.m. to check-in.

    Included Materials:

    • A copy of the fully updated training manual
    • A booklet covering classroom materials
    • A certificate of completion wallet card to each attendee

    Attendees to Provide:

    • A good attitude, pen, and a flashlight

    NATE Certified Attendees:

    • Must bring their NATE certification card to class (or know your number) to be credited the hours.  Attendees will sign a NATE continuing education form during class.

    No Distraction Policy

    We cannot waste valuable time. If a student is rude, a distraction, or falls asleep during class, they will immediately be dismissed and no refund will be given for that student.

Past events

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Apprenticeship Program Graduation Dinner
Saturday, May 11, 2019 EPA Section 608 Technician Certification - Refresher Class and Testing
Saturday, April 20, 2019 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 Meet the Virginia Inspectors
Saturday, March 30, 2019 NATE Gas Furnace (Air) Refresher Class/ ANY NATE SPECIALTY Testing
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 HVAC On Tap
Saturday, March 09, 2019 EPA Section 608 Technician Certification - Refresher Class and Testing
Saturday, February 23, 2019 NATE Heat Pump Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, February 09, 2019 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, December 15, 2018 Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing
Saturday, December 08, 2018 NATE Gas Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, November 03, 2018 NATE Heat Pump Refresher Class/Testing
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Section 608 Technician Certification - CFC Refresher Class and Testing
Monday, October 15, 2018 AACP Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, September 29, 2018 NATE CORE Refresher Class/Testing
Monday, September 24, 2018 Residential Furnace Heat Exchanger Inspection Seminar
Monday, August 27, 2018 The 2018-2019 AACP Apprenticeship Program
Monday, August 20, 2018 2018 Apprenticeship Program Orientation
Monday, August 20, 2018 2018 Apprenticeship Program Orientation
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Supervisor ~ On the Job ~ Orientation
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 Repeat Classes [Apprenticeship Program]
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Credit By Exam [First-Year Apprenticeship Program]

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