Dues Pay for Themselves Over and Over Again
As a contractor member of the Maryland PHCC, you will automatically become a member of our National organization. The PHCC works hard to bring highly valuable membership benefits to our members, and the list is extensive! Click on any of the member benefits links below to jump to more information on these benefits.
To become a contractor or associate member of our organization, please review and complete a membership application.
NEW - Introductory Membership - If your company is a P-H-C service organization and has never been a member of the PHCC Association before, you may be qualified to become an Introductory Member. Certain criteria apply. Click the link above and see if you qualify. If so, you will receive 50% Off regular membership rates!
Contractor Membership Application - Use this application if your company is a P-H-C service organization.
Associate Membership Application - Use this application if your company provides products and services to P-H-C companies.
We are pleased to announce that we have chosen WorldPay - THE small business payments expert - as our preferred merchant services provider. As our exclusive merchant services provider, WorldPay makes it easy for small businesses to accept payments safely and affordably. WorldPay focusses on serving small-to-mid-sized businesses better than anyone else. The fact that they own the entire payment process – nothing is outsourced – allows them to remove complexities and complications business owners face every day. WorldPay combines technology and award-winning service to make it easier for small business owners to navigate changes, adapt to quickly changing market conditions and focus on what you do best...growing your business.
An exciting voluntary benefit is now available to all of our associates. For as little as $5.98 per week, Identity Theft Shield can protect you and your family from the # 1 Crime in America ? Identity Theft, and it can also give you the ability to talk to an attorney "Anytime for Anything" without worrying about the high hourly cost. (Separately: Family Legal Plan $3.68 wk, Identity Theft Plan $2.99 wk)
Have you ever . . .
- Worried about identity theft crime?
- Signed a contract or document?
- Been overcharged or treated unfairly?
- Received a traffic ticket?
- Been in a situation where you thought the advice of an attorney might be useful but couldn't afford it?
A Unique New Service To Help You Worry Less And Live More With Total Peace Of Mind.
Everyone deserves legal protection. And now, with Legal Shield, everyone can access it. For a low monthly fee, you can access expert legal advice from a top rated legal firm, no matter how traumatic, or how trivial, the issue.
Now You Can Get Expert Help From An Attorney On Any Issue, Anytime!
Real estate questions, Foreclosure, refinance, or bankruptcy advice, Landlord / Tenant disputes, Consumer complaints, Collections, Warranty issues, Have all your contracts and documents reviewed. Divorce, Child Support and custody Issues, and so much more. You and your spouse can have your Wills prepared or updated at no additional expense. Legal Representation for Traffic Tickets, accidents, law suits and IRS audits. Introducing LegalShield.
Your Identity Is Not Secure! Identity Theft (IDT) is now the # 1 Crime in America.
IDT Crime claims a new victim every 2 seconds. It's not just about Credit!
- Medical IDT
- Cell Phone
- Driver's License
- Social Security
- Social Media
What is your time worth? The average victim spends an average of 600 hours and thousands of dollars attempting to restore their good name. Working with the world's leading risk consulting company, Identity Theft Shield provides continuous credit monitoring, up-to-date credit data, and complete identity restoration services. Exceptional Value. Risk Free. Portable. Peace of mind for less than the price of a sandwich each week. No long term contracts, coverage is on a month-to-month basis. Keep the benefit if you ever change jobs.
To see a short online preview video of what the benefit covers go to: www.seeyourbenefits.com/jimh
PHCC has partnered with ADP (formerly Avert, Inc.) to present you with a low cost way to protect yourself in employee hiring situations.
The special PHCC package includes:
1. A "First Check" report. It helps assure that you are hiring someone with an assigned social security number;
2. A felony county criminal court report;
3. Two employment reference checks;
All for the low cost of $30 per applicant! For an additional $10, you can protect one of your largest assets with a driving record check.
Last year, 41% of the employees ADP checked had one or more car accidents. Over 19% of those same employees had four or more car accidents or drunk driving convictions.
How Do You Get Started With ADP?
Call 800-367-5933 and tell them that you are with the PHCC and you want to become an ADP customer. PHCC has negotiated a special savings rate for our members...and you will save even more if you use your PHCC MasterCard to charge your purchases.
Call 800-847-7378 to sign up for your PHCC MasterCard. For more information on this program, call PHCC at 800-533-7694.
HVAC & Plumbing Description:
PHCC offers the following courses:
- Plumbing four year Instructor/Student Training Program and Home Study Program
- HVAC four year Instructor/Student Training Program
- Fast Trac Training Program
These programs provide the contractor with a comprehensive course of study available to train employees. These are Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training approved standards and outlines.
Each program has a member and non-member cost for the purchase of materials. A special member benefit is after purchase back-up through PHCC's Technical Director, Bob Shepherd e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (800-813-7061) and the home study program consultant, Whitney Thorpe e-mail: WHITNEYTHORP71614.126@COMPUSERVE.COM (800-253-4491)
Please examine the information on our Training page for a more detailed look at these training programs.
Provides the contractor with training tool. Could provide contractors an attractive employee benefit. Educates your workforce and provides more expertise which you can market to customers.
Depends on the specific program selected. Significant price reductions are available to PHCC members.
If you do not have insurance, or if you have insurance and your generic co-pay is $10 or higher, the RxCut Healthcare Savings Card can help you save big on prescriptions, as well as lab and imaging fees. Click here to learn more about this FREE program.
ARAMARK Uniform and Career Apparel the largest nationwide uniform service company, is offering PHCC members the opportunity to rent or purchase uniforms from their standard product line at a significant discount. Call ARAMARK Uniform Services if you would like to have a sales representative contact you to explain the discount rental program (not exceed $5.50 per employee per week) at 800-ARAMARK (272-6275).
If you would like to purchase items from the WearGuard Work Clothes catalog, at a 25% discount for PHCC members only, contact MARISA WHITE at 800-677-6060 extension 5866. The website link for Wearguard is http://www.wearguard.com/phcc. WearGuard Corp. is a division of ARAMARK. Visit the WearGuard web site to see rugged work wear products - at a GREAT PRICE!!*
NEBS offers PHCC members 10% off all purchases of business forms, checks and any other business product. Just call 800-225-6380 and give the code 19029 for the discount. PHCC members get low rates on processing major credit cards. Call Heartland Card Service toll free at 888-774-8722 and ask for Neil Keipert for more information and up to the minute rates or equipment purchases.
Save the cost of your dues on any of these PHCC "members only" discounts. The other services can save you money on forms or credit cards.
This depends on the specific program. Please see the attached documentation. These programs are for PHCC members only.
Check here for all the latest meetings. PHCC offers a variety of methods to network and further your knowledge of our industry. The following opportunities are available for you to participate in: Annual meeting scheduled for early to late October of every year. PHCC's primary association business gathering. PHCC sends out timely notices on all meetings to all members. For PHCC members who can't attend the meetings, PHCC offers a complete line of audio tapes. While non-members can attend some of these events, the cost is significantly higher.
Increase your networking with other professionals Learn more about your industry See the latest in product lines offered to our industry Have your say in how our industry in shaping the future
This depends on the function. The cost is kept low to encourage maximum participation. Non-member costs are significantly higher.
PHCC developed four Enhanced Service Groups to assist its diverse membership. They are:
- HVAC Task Force, which works for the HVAC industry.
- Quality Service Contractors (QSC) who serves residential service and repair contractors. (http://www.naphcc.org/qsc/qscmission.htm)
- Union-Affiliated Contractors, which serves union-affiliated members. (http://www.naphcc.org/hvac2.htm)
- Construction Contractors Alliance (CCA) which serves larger new construction contractors.
These task forces serve specific needs of the industry at a much higher level. For example, there are extensive training activities being developed in each of the Enhanced Service Groups. For example, one HVAC future goal is to partner with the HVAC industry in developing the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Program---a program designed to ensure technicians are certified at three levels (i.e. service, installer, and senior) in multiple categories. (http://www.natex.org)
- HVAC Task Force has no membership dues
- Union-Affiliated Task Force - Call for cost
- Construction Contractors Alliance - Call for cost
- Quality Services Contractors - Call for cost
You must be member of PHCC in order to participate in any of these task forces.
PHCC has a number of different awards from "HVAC Contractor of the Year" (awarded by Trane) to "Delta Apprentice of the Year." PHCC is proud to honor the individuals and companies that make us "The Nation's Best." Please see the attached form for more descriptions on the different awards.
Recipients are nationally recognized for their excellence in our industry. Awards are always a great marketing tool for your business. You can share ideas with your peers. Winners are generally recognized in front of their peers at the annual convention. Some awards include a cash or benefit prize.
You must be an active member of PHCC in order to be nominated for an award.
The PHCC Foundation has a huge array of business management tools. One of the most popular is the Labor Calculator, which takes the guesswork out of labor appraising. Visit the National PHCC Knowledge Center for more information on the tools available.
You will become a more efficient business person in a competitive marketplace. Time is money, and these products can save you both.
Depends on the product. The labor calculator mentioned above costs a member $150 for the hardbound version. There are significant price reductions on all products for PHCC members.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimated that one in every five workers ages 18-25 have used drugs on the job. Protect yourself and your business by using our manuals to implement a "drug free" workplace. Manuals offered are:
- Substance Abuse Prevention Manual
- Supervisor Manual on Prevention of Substance Abuse in the Workplace
You protect yourself and your business from unneeded claims. You educate yourself on how to legally handle employee problems. You will limit your liability and attract good employees.
- Substance Abuse Prevention Manual costs $2.00
- Supervisor Manual on Prevention of Substance Abuse in the Workplace costs $1.75
You must be a PHCC member to purchase these two products.
The PHCC Educational Foundation grants scholarship awards to young high school, or college freshman. Nominees could be awarded $3,000 per year for up to four years.
Nominees must fulfill the following criteria:
- they must have a background in the industry;
- they must be sponsored by an Active PHCC member; and
- they must be in a PHC-related major.
Members of PHCC are investing in the future of the industry. Gives an industry-interested young person a chance to get a good education. Gives PHCC members positive public exposure.
The PHCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Trust Fund provides this program. There is no direct cost to members.
PHCC offers a unique package of insurance benefits to members only.
Federated Insurance offers members an array of business, 401 K, health, and Risk Management Services. You can reach Federated at 800-241-4945 #201. http://www.federatedinsurance.com
Benefits vary by plan selected. Call for more information.
Cost depends on the plan selected.
PHCC maintains constant vigilance over Congress and relevant federal agencies such as OSHA, Transportation, and EPA. PHCC expresses the contractor point of view to Congress and all appropriate federal agencies and alerts PHCC members to new regulations and laws that impact contractors and their businesses. PHCC monitors utility competition/deregulation at the national level and coordinates information exchange/support for state and local fair competition alliances. PHCC also maintains a Political Action Committee (PAC).
Through the Government Relations department, Congress and the federal bureaucracy hear our needs and concerns.
Through educational newsletters, bulletins, booklets, and special mailings, you will not be caught off guard by changes in construction regulations and will receive advice to help you comply with federal regulations.
Annual Legislative Conference will provide you with opportunity to meet, in person, with your elected federal legislators and tell them directly what matters to you.
Special conferences on Unfair Utility Competition & Utility Deregulation educate contractors on how to build a level playing field for all business to compete fairly.
Member education and monitoring of legislation, regulations, & utility competition is included. Attendance at Legislative and Utility Competition Conferences is additional. Support of PHCC PAC is voluntary and additional.
PHCC has a number of marketing programs for the PHC contractor. These programs are the equivalent of having your own public relations and advertising firm in one national office. Use these materials to promote your products. Visit the National PHCC Marketing Resources web page for additional information.
- Offer customers incentives through the use of professional brochures
- Use the "Tool Box' to order an array of marketing materials
- Be a part of the PHCC national membership directory
- Use logos and stickers to identify yourself with the "Nation's Best"
- Spread the word about your commitment to professionalism through customized brochures
- Show you're a part of the "Nation's Best" by ordering a reduced price magnetic truck sign
Cost depends on the product(s) you purchase. Call for costs.
The following publications and directories are free to PHCC members. Some publications are for the enhanced service groups only. These publications are distributed to you via e-mail or through special mailings.
- Who's Who in the PHCC (membership directory)
- Tool Box (PHCC products and services)
- Maryland PHCC Magazine - Quarterly magazine from the Maryland PHCC
- PHCC Connect - Quarterly newsletter for National PHCC members
- Weekly PHCC Online - Weekly e-newsletter for National PHCC members
- Foundation Personnel e-Bulletin - National PHCC monthly HR e-newsletter
- Foundation Focus - National PHCC Educational Foundation bi-monthly newsletter
- Annual Report - National PHCC annual report
Stay in touch with all the goings on in the association and industry.
Publications are free to PHCC active members and enhanced service groups.
A fact sheet service by PHCC to help members with questions regarding union-affiliated contracting, labor relations, and unfair utility competition issues. These useful documents can be ordered through the "Tool Box" using the provided order forms. Want to challenge unfair utility competition? There is a publication that describes the process.
Gain knowledge on a diverse range of issues that you face every day. Share information nationwide and learn from what others have done before you begin your efforts.
Cost depends on the publication. Please check the "Tool Box" for more details. Non members pay considerably more for these resources.
PHCC has produced the National Standard Plumbing Code and several other manuals of key importance. PHCC has also produced the vital Manual of Cross Connection. PHCC is working with other associations towards consensus codes for the industry.
These technical manuals provide the information that those in our industry need to do business.
Call for pricing. Non-members pay more for these products.
PHCC has two programs:
North American Technician Excellence Program (NATE)
Part of NATE deals with heat pumps, air conditioning, air distribution, and oil and gas furnaces. The HVAC Task Force supports all this. The Quality Service Contractors support customer service, hydronics, and plumbing issues. The NATE Program consists of a knowledge-based exam. Preparation seminars are available from multiple sources.
CFC Certification Program
The CFC Certification program falls under EPA approval. All people who perform installation, service, maintenance, or repair functions on air conditioning and refrigeration equipment have to be EPA-certified. PHCC is one of a few organizations accredited by the EPA to offer a mail-in Type I certification.
Benefits vary. Certification is an important and marketable benefit. Your customers will want to know if your technicians have the education to get the job done.
CFC Certification Book - PHCC member $20; Non member $25
CFC Certification Test - PHCC member $15 ; Non member$20
NATE Certification Under development
The PHCC Educational Foundation also sponsors career videos and workbook series. The goal is to promote the PHC industry to elementary, middle and high school students. PHCC also cooperates with the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.
These materials provide an excellent way to communicate with youngsters during career days held at local schools.
The "Take Your Career...To the Max" video costs $9.95. The "Your Pipeline to Hot Careers & Cold Cash" video costs $5.25.
The National PHCC as well as the Maryland PHCC maintain websites and social media pages to help members stay connected. Below are links to National and Maryland Associations and Auxiliaries.
National PHCC Association website - www.phccweb.org
Maryland PHCC Association website - www.phccmd.org
National PHCC Auxiliary web page - click here
National PHCC Facebook page - www.facebook.com/pages/PHCC-National-Association/32759274653
Maryland PHCC Facebook group (must be a member to join) - www.facebook.com/groups/marylandphcc/
Provides members, prospective members and consumers with up to date information on the plumbing, heating, cooling industry.
Free. Must be a member to access certain areas.