Five COOL Instructors Earn Certified
Master HVACR Educator Title.
What is unique about these five individuals is they all
work at the same school, Lincoln Technical Institute in
Mahwah, New Jersey.
Excellence is pleased to announce that the title of Certified
Master HVACR Educator, CMHE has been bestowed upon five more
educators: Damon Degrassie, Richard Vervalin, Mark Urscheler,
William Ginocchio and Edward Holland.
A company's success is dependent upon the quality of training
their recruits receive. That's why it's essential to have the
right people training you for your career.
Credentialing is a method to verify that teachers are capable of
teaching the competencies within their curriculum. On the
surface this seems fairly straight forward and simple; students
should be confident that their teachers are giving them the best
chance of success in their future careers. However, teaching
HVACR is not as simple as teaching a single subject. HVACR
instructors are expected to teach a variety of subjects and be
subject matter experts in all of them!
In order to earn the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator,
CMHE, an instructor must successfully pass six Certified Subject
Matter Educator examinations with a score of 80% or higher.
These exams include: electrical, air conditioning, light
commercial air conditioning, light commercial refrigeration,
electric heat, and one of the following: gas heat, oil heat or
heat pumps. In addition, they must pass the Capstone exam which
covers technical education methodologies, principles, and
practices which attest to their pedagogical skills.
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Richard Vervalin, Mark Urscheler, William Ginocchio and Edward
Holland, have been awarded the highest credential that can be
conferred upon an HVACR educator by HVAC Excellence. This is a
tremendous honor as it confirms that they are Certified Master HVACR
"This is not an easy accomplishment. However anything worthwhile is
usually not easy. The entire team at Lincoln feels that the time
they spent studying, taking exams, evaluating the results and
studying more was well worth the time. It is not about the
instructors, it is about providing the best education to the
students that will in turn better serve our industry." said Louis
Vendrell, Director of Skilled Trades for the Lincoln Group of
"As of April 1, 2015 eighty two instructors in North America have
successfully passed all of the exams needed to earn the title of
Certified Master HVACR Educator. What really impresses me is that
twenty three of them work at Lincoln schools." said Howard Weiss of
HVAC Excellence / ESCO Group.
It is quite a statement Lincoln is making by providing their
instructors with professional development and encouraging them to
take educator credentialing exams. For in the end an educational
program is only as good as the instructors leading the program. To
learn more about Lincoln, visit
To learn more about HVAC Excellence and the Certified Master HVACR
Educator program, visit