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The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the ESCO Institute announced this week that they 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 organizations found that they were striving for the same goals but had “each been doing so only addressing part of the industry.” Through this collaborative effort, they hope to create 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, and 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.  It remains unclear what training will be made available in Canada.

RSES is a non-profit organization with chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more details, call 847-759-4031, email general@rses.org or visit www.rses.org.
 
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 customerservice@escogroup.org or visit www.escogroup.org.