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New Industry Alliance will Transform How we Train HVACR Technicians

May 11th, 2020

Steve Vaughan
1911 Rohlwing Rd                  
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Tel 847 759-4031
Howard Weiss
ESCO Group
1350 W Northwest Hwy
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Tel 800-986-3726      


New Industry Alliance will Transform How we Train HVACR Technicians

Rolling Meadows, Ill. (May 11, 2020) – The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the ESCO Institute have created a new alliance that will revolutionize how HVACR technicians are trained.
The organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which the organizations have agreed to collaborate to improve the technical competency of the HVACR industry. Each organization currently is striving for the same goals but have each been doing so only addressing part of the industry. Through this collaborative effort, they are creating a cradle-to-grave educational pathway for the HVACR Industry.
“ESCO and RSES have independently worked toward this shared goal for many years now,” said RSES Executive Vice President Lori Schiavo. “Together, we are stronger, as we share the same goal of ensuring that this great industry is maintained by the very best students, technicians, facility managers and contractors who are learning, continuing to learn and are already in the field making a difference each day. What better way to ‘feed the RSES Member stream’ of properly educated individuals who will be running the show in the next few years than to affiliate with an organization that has long had its finger on the pulse of the very system that molds these individuals from students to qualified professionals. We look forward to what the future holds for us and our respective customers.”
Renee Tomlinson, Executive Director of ESCO Institute added, “ESCO and RSES share a common goal of educating the industry. While each organization has a slightly different focus, the amalgamation of the talent and resources of these two organizations in the various areas of overlapping efforts could lead to producing a more unified, skilled and stronger industry.”
ESCO Institute and its affiliates have long been known as the industry leaders to improve the technical education process for the future workforce. Similarly, RSES has been helping the current workforce improve their skills for over 80 years. Creating an alliance between these organizations establishes a transitional pathway throughout each stage of ones HVACR career (student, apprentice, journeyman, instructor). In doing so, the needs of the HVACR industry will be better served, making changes in how technicians are trained, which will result in stronger outcomes.
Several initiatives are currently underway which will be announced in the coming weeks.

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
ESCO Institute and its affiliate organizations, which include HVAC Excellence, Green Mechanical Council, Carbon Monoxide Safety Association, work to improve competency in the HVACR industry. To accomplish their goals, they offer; student outcome assessments, portable and stackable credentials (progressive levels of certification), curriculum, elearning, programmatic accreditation, and professional development.  For more information, call 800-726-9696, email 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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