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RSES Signs Memorandum of Understanding with RETA

November 15th, 2018

Rolling Meadows, Ill. (Nov. 13, 2018) – RSES proudly announces it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) at RETA’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 8, 2018. The organizations have agreed to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship to promote the safe and efficient use of refrigerants applied in refrigeration technology – both commercial and industrial.  

“RETA and RSES share extremely common goals and approaches when it comes to training our respective industry professionals, so it makes sense to unite in order to continue to attain these goals,” said RSES Executive Vice President Lori Schiavo. “Continuing education and certification are essential for professionals in this industry, and I am looking forward to uniting with RETA to provide revered products and services to all levels of professionals in every realm of HVACR.”

RSES and RETA have agreed to create and maintain the exchange of association news publications. Both organizations will work together to transfer technical expertise and experience in the form of technical papers, guidelines, handbooks and other publications. They will also prepare and disseminate training courses and other materials under a separate agreement or provide materials as part of a general copyright license. Various cross-member discounts on conferences and memberships are also on the horizon.

“The RETA/RSES Memorandum of Understanding unites the leaders of refrigeration and HVAC training in the residential, commercial and industrial environments,” said Executive Director Jim Barron. “This first step establishes an unprecedented exchange of institutional information for the benefit of members of both organizations. Allowing representatives to attend national events and board meetings will lead to the further development of our shared culture. As outlined in the MOU, development of joint materials in those areas where it makes sense, such as low charge ammonia system compliance, benefits both memberships by establishing consistent industry guidance, developed from shared industry experience. Perhaps the least obvious benefit will be the ability of our combined voices, a chorus of well over 10,000 (and growing), to safeguard the industry from undo regulations and the misapplication of regulations.

“We believe that this cooperation supports the visions of Herbert Herkimer, Norman Register and J.B. Embrey,” Barron added. “Our only regret is that has taken 85 years to get to this point.”

RSES is the world's leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES credentials include its Active Specialized Member, Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist categories, as well as one of the largest EPA Section 608 certification programs in the industry. Founded in 1933, RSES is a non-profit organization with chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more details, call 800-297-5660, email or visit

The Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA), founded in 1910, is an international society of individuals and companies involved in the design, operation and service of industrial refrigeration systems. Its purpose is to provide education and training, as well as networking benefits, to both experienced operators and those who have recently entered this rapidly expanding field. For more information, contact RETA at 541-497-2955 or visit

RSES is the leading education, training and certification preparation organization for HVACR professionals. RSES publishes various comprehensive industry training and reference materials in addition to delivering superior educational programs designed to benefit HVACR professionals at every stage of their careers through instructor-led training courses, online training for HVAC, educational seminars, interactive CD and DVD products, industry-related reference manuals, and helpful technical content through Service Application Manual chapters, the RSES Journal, the RSES Journal archives and feature articles, as well as web-exclusive features.

Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.

Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.

RSES’ monthly magazine, RSES Journal, serves HVAC contractors, service technicians, students, operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians who work in the residential, light commercial, commercial and institutional markets on air conditioning, warm-air heating, refrigeration, ventilation, electrical, ice machines, chillers, hydronic heating, piping, refrigeration control and energy management, building automation, indoor air quality and duct cleaning, and sheet metal fabrication equipment and/or systems.
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