Frequently Asked Questions

Questions before joining the Program

Do I need to be employed to enter the program?

If you are a first year apprentice you do not need to be employed. Second - Fourth year Apprentices need to be employed with a Member Company. You can look through our Member Directory to see if your company is a member with AACP.

Are there payment plan options?

Yes, each Apprentice must pay 60% of the Tuition amount at the time of registration. Two additional payments will be due on the following dates:

            October 1,2017

            December 1, 2017

Click here to download the full Payment Plan Options


Questions while in the Program


How do I obtain my apprentice license?

To obtain your license, click on the website below and fill out the online application. Along with the application there is a $10 application fee that can be paid online. Once you have received your license please be sure to fax a copy to AACP at 410.527.0270.
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgi-bin/ElectronicLicensing/HVAC/HVACapprentice1.cgi

How do I renew my apprentice license?

To renew your license, click on the website below and login to your DLLR account. Once you have received your new license please be sure to fax a copy to AACP at 410.527.0270.
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/cgi-bin/ElectronicLicensing/HVAC/HVACrenew1.cgi

How do I obtain a parking pass for the year?

Once classes begin, a parking pass will be distributed by Montgomery College to each student in the program. This parking pass will be valid until winter break. After winter break a second parking pass will be distributed. 


If I receive a parking citation, how do I dispute or pay the fine?

Below is the link to the Montgomery College Parking where you will be able to search for your citation and dispute or pay the fine.
https://montgomerycollege.t2hosted.com/Account/Portal


What are the Closing Policies for inclement weather?

If it becomes necessary to close the Montgomery College- Rockville Campus because of snow or poor road conditions, announcements will be made as follows:

•    Montgomery College Website (http://www.montgomerycollege.edu/)
•    Local television stations
•    Radio Stations

Evening announcements are made between 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Listen for the Rockville Campus of Montgomery College [ NOT Montgomery County Public Schools].
If AACP cancels classes, you and your employer will be notified by email and/or fax. 


Can an apprentice dispute a grade?

Yes, the apprentice can dispute a grade if he or she feels it is necessary. The first step to handling a grade objection is to speak directly to the instructor. If there is still concern after the conversation, the apprentice needs to write a letter why they feel the grade is inaccurate. The letter must be sent directly to AACP by email, info@aacpnet.org or fax 410.527.0270.

*Please note that grade objection will not be considered after 30 days from the date a test was taken or 2 weeks after the final grades were distributed.


What should I do if I lose a book?

If a book is misplaced, lost or stolen please contact AACP at 410.527.0780. Please note that there will be a fee to replace a lost or otherwise damaged textbook. The fee will be determined by AACP and will be paid in full before the replacement book is issued.


What is the Attendance Policy?

An apprentice must physically attend at least 85% of the course hours to receive credit for the year’s related instruction. This is in addition to earning a minimum of 70% GPA (equivalent to a letter C grade) final average grade from each 20/40-hour class.

Absences

Absences must be documented by a letter form the employer on company letter head, ensuring that the employer knows of the absence. The letter must be signed by a supervisor that is authorized to sign OJT forms.

*acceptable excuses: vacation, personal illness, injury, death of immediate family members.

(the occasional work-related emergency and absence may be excused)

*written excuses need to be sent to AACP by Fax at 410.527.0270 or by email at info@aacpnet.org within 2 days of the absence.

*unexcused absences may not be made up


Make- Up Procedure

An apprentice must present the instructor with a request to make up missed hours and/ or class work within 2 weeks of the absence.
   
After the maximum unexcused absences have been reached for a class, the next absence that follows will result in a full drop of the apprentice’s final letter grade. This will occur to any additional absences that follow.
   

What is the Grievance Procedure?

The Apprenticeship Committee encourages individuals to resolve complaints through direct and open communication. If the individuals involved cannot come to a satisfactory agreement, the Committee will address the dispute.

Complaints must be submitted to the Committee in writing, via email or fax.  Grievance forms are available from the associations office. The Committee will acknowledge in writing, within 7 days, the receipt of the written complaint. Within 45 days the Committee will respond with requests for more clarification, to request your appearance before the committee, or will have suggestions for resolution of the dispute.

If the grievance cannot be resolved at the local level, the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council and/ or the US Department of Labor has a formal procedure to assist participants in resolving grievances. Forms are available from the associations office.


How do I fill out OJT’s?

The OJT forms can be downloaded from the AACP website at
www.aacpnet.org/on-the-job-training

Once the form is completed, signed and dated, send it to AACP by email Info@AACPnet.org or fax 410.527.0270.

*OJT forms are due on or before the 10th of every month.
*Both the supervisor and the apprentice need to sign the form in order for it to be valid.


When can I receive my OJT summary?


Summaries will be distributed via email 3 times throughout the academic year.
We encourage the Apprentices and Supervisors to keep their own record of OJT's.

For the 2017-2018 academic year:
  1. October 13, 2017
  2. January 25, 2018
  3. April 27, 2018

How do I access my online profile?

Go to www.AACPnet.org. Enter your email address as the username. Enter your password.

*If you forgot your password, click on Forgot Password. The system will send you a temporary password via email. Use the temporary password to access your account. Once in your account, you will be prompted to change the temporary password.


How do I contact the AACP?


Association of Air Conditioning Professionals
Executive Plaza II, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 1006, Hunt Valley, MD 21031

P: 410.527.0780    F: 410.527.0270        E: Info@AACPnet.org



Questions after graduating the Program

How do I apply for the Maryland State journeyperson’s license?

Only after an apprentice has held an apprentice license for at least 3 years and have completed at least 1,875 hours of on the job training, providing HVACR services under the direction and control of a licensed contractor, may he or she apply for the journeyperson’s license.  Below is the link to download the application for the journeyperson’s license.
https://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/hvacr/hvacrapply.shtml




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