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ESCO, RSES Form HVACR Training Alliance

May 11, 2020
Report training initiative will revolutionize how HVACR technicians are trained.

Rolling Meadows, Ill. (May 11, 2020) The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the ESCO Institute have created a new alliance that sources said 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," Shiavo said.

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 leaders in the "train the trainer" segment of HVACR learning, while RSES has been helping the current workforce improve their skills for more than 80 years. Sources said the alliance between these organizations establishes a transitional pathway throughout each stage of a technician's 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.

Header photo shows a training session during an ESCO Institute HVAC Excellence Educators and Trainers Conference.