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Become an RSES Certified Trainer


To become an RSES Certified Trainer, an individual must meet the below qualifications:

All RCTs must operate under the specifications of the RSES Code of Ethics.
All RCTs must be an RSES CM (Certificate Member), RSES SM (Specialist Member) or RSES CMS (Certificate Member Specialist).
RCTs must be capable of:
       - Planning lessons, including outlines and learning objectives; 
       - Establishing and maintaining a good learning environment;
       - Delivering a training message and instruction effectively; 
       - Establishing a measurement system for student learning.

RSES expects each RCT to refrain from teaching topics for which he/she is not fully qualified by training, education and experience.
RSES expects each RCT using self-created training materials (approved by the RSES Education Committee) to provide a minimum 20 question exam/test/quiz (based on the learning objectives for that course) for a one-day session for each student in order to assess student comprehension. Seventy percent (70%) correct will be considered a passing score.

Visit RSES Certified Trainer Requirements and Guidelines for additional information.

To become and RSES Certified Trainer, submit the RSES Certified Trainer Application and payment to RSES, 1911 Rohlwing Road, Suite A, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008-1397.

If you have questions, please call RSES at 800/297-5660 or 847/297-6464, or e-mail

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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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