The Refrigeration School, Inc. Launches New Install Apprenticeship Bootcamp Program, Partnering with Parker & Sons

PHOENIX, June 9, 2020 – The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) has partnered with Parker & Sons Air Conditioning, a local HVAC and plumbing contractor, to help launch its all-new Install Apprenticeship Bootcamp Program. The immersive training program offers expedited, quality training for new hires to learn the necessary skills to jumpstart a lucrative career in HVAC and become a valuable asset to employers from day one.

The apprenticeship program is designed to help address the skilled labor shortage crisis among RSI’s partner employers and properly train new hires with little-to-no experience in AC unit installation. Participants can expect a three-week expedited training schedule, with four-day training weeks and critical on-the-job training on the weekends. Instruction and training will be led by an RSI instructor in order to provide hands-on training and oversight.

“We’re excited to introduce the Install Apprenticeship Bootcamp Program and welcome Parker & Sons Air Conditioning as our first program partner,” said Mary Kelly, president and CEO of StrataTech Education Group. “We are constantly thinking of innovative ways to help close the skilled labor shortage gap and this program offers an efficient way to add new talent to the industry while also helping our partner employers and our graduates.”

In addition to learning the essential skills in safety, common tools, and parts and material recognition, participants will learn core skills such as installing, condensing and package units, duct installation, brazing and evacuation, and charging. Parker & Sons will also provide basic equipment, install tools and PPE for the training course.

“With the critical labor shortage, it is challenging to find qualified candidates to help meet the demand of our business,” said Daryl Bingham, COO of Parker & Sons. “With the Install Apprenticeship Bootcamp Program and our partnership with RSI, we are able to rapidly provide quality training to new installers with the flexibility to customize the program to fit our business needs. We look forward to working with RSI and getting one step closer to closing the labor shortage gap.”

The Install Apprenticeship Bootcamp Program began on May 18th, 2020.  For more information about the training program, please visit



About The Refrigeration School, Inc.

The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) was founded in Phoenix in 1965 and has been training students for sustainable HVAC careers for more than 50 years. Offering hands-on education with a strong emphasis on the highly sought-after electrical skills, diagnostic and mechanical technology proficiency employers seek, RSI’s programs include Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Technologies, Electro-Mechanical Technologies (HVAC-R), Mechanical Maintenance Engineering, and an online solar certification training. RSI is an ACCSC accredited school and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education. For more information, including graduation rates and the median debt of students who complete RSI programs, visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


About Parker & Sons

Since 1974, Parker & Sons has brought quality services to the Phoenix area. Parker & Sons is one of the oldest and largest home services companies in America within a single market, employing over 500 men and women, with more than 300 trucks, to perform installations, repairs, and maintenance services to more than 100,000 Arizona customers. For eleven years in a row, Parker & Sons has been voted the #1 contractor by consumers in Ranking Arizona, were proud recipients of Congressional Recognition for Ethics in 2014, as well as two-time winner of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Ethics Award. Parker & Sons is a Wrench Group company, providing heating, air conditioning, plumbing, drain cleaning, electrical, water purification/conditioning, insulation, and drywall services.


About StrataTech Education Group

StrataTech Education Group focuses on the education, growth and development of specialized career education schools, particularly skilled-trade programs designed to address the nation’s growing infrastructure needs. Holding an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, StrataTech Education Group’s portfolio includes The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI), Tulsa Welding School (TWS), Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, and Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC). For more information, visit