Start a Residential & Commercial Appliance Technology at Your School!

Thank you for your interest in establishing a Residential & Commercial Appliance Technology (RCAT) Program at your school.

The RCAT Program that you establish at your school will be a valuable asset to the major appliance dealers and appliance service companies in your community. The training of new Appliance Service Professionals (ASPs) is of a critical nature due to the industry and countrywide shortage of ASPs. The demand for new ASPs will be increasing dramatically over the next several years as the existing aging ASPs workforce begin to retire. The outlook for job placement is fantastic in all areas of the United States. Job placement for any student that graduates from your RCAT Program will be no problem.

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How to Start a Residential & Commercial Appliance Technology Program

Starting an appliance repair program at your local high school or community college may seem impossible. But we’re here to get you started! We have all the resources and connections you need to start a successful program.

Our goal is to assist you with:

  • Curriculum selection and planning.
  • Classroom preparation by helping you get access to the tools, appliances, and supplies needed to run your program.
  • Industry Support. We will connect you with key stakeholders in your area that can help you with recruitment, job placement, and program support.

The Residential & Commercial Appliance Technology Handbook has information in it that will assist you in starting–up your RCAT Program.  To request a password to access this material, please email us.

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As you go through the handbook, please keep in mind that the information and examples provided are only recommendations and helpful hints of one way to set-up a Residential & Commercial Appliance Technology Program. Every situation is different, and you should adapt and tailor your program to the particular needs of your school and community.

In addition to the information, recommendations, and helpful hints in this handbook, we are prepared to assist your school as follows:

  1. Assist you in contacting various appliance manufactures to obtain products. This is the product that will be used by the students in the RCAT program for training. Some donations may be possible.
  2. Assist your school in establishing your advisory committee. We will supply a list of appliance service companies within a 75-mile radius of your school. These are the organizations that would have an interest in hiring your RCAT Program graduates. The individuals within these companies would be great candidates to serve as advisory committee members.
  3. Assist you in contacting various appliance manufacturers to obtain training material and access to manufacturers’ web-site and technical assistance information.
  4. Assist with student recruitment with the distribution of student resumes to our PSA membership in your area and across the nation.
  5. Supply a flash drive with PowerPoint presentations, labs, tests, charts, wiring diagrams, instructor guides, and test book recommendations. That will support your RCAT program with the basics of starting your program. You can also access that information on our website here.
  6. Support your membership and participation in SkillsUSA.

Please stay in touch as you proceed through the process of starting-up your RCAT Program.

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