DES PLAINES, Ill. - The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) signed an agreement to have RSES become an authorized delivery partner for HRAI SkillTech Academy’s Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation training program.

The Residential Ventilation course covers the fundamentals of ventilation assessment, system requirements, and focuses specifically on system design and installation. The course curriculum is designed to provide contractors and building professionals with the skills to develop opportunities in the growing residential ventilation market, including heat and energy recovery ventilators.

“With the increased focus on ventilation from an efficiency as well as indoor air quality perspective, HVACR professionals need to adopt best practices. Rather than reinvent the wheel, partnering with HRAI allows RSES to continue bringing leading education to the industry in a timely manner,” said Mark Lowry, RSES executive vice president.

“Through our partnership with RSES, the availability of this training will be greatly increased in the United States to HVACR contractors and building professionals who want to understand the role residential mechanical ventilation can play in solving issues such as moisture management and IAQ,” said Warren Heeley, HRAI president.

RSES will be offering the new two-day training course as part of the RSES Training Authority Seminar lineup. The first course will be held this fall in the Virginia area by instructors certified to teach the course.

The HRAI Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation Course has been recognized by two U.S. organizations for continuing education. North American Technician Excellence (NATE) has recognized this course for 16 hours of continuing education hours toward renewal of NATE certification. In addition, Building Performance Institute (BPI) recognizes the course for 16 hours of continuing education units for BPI certified professionals in heating.

For those interested in bringing the HRAI SkillTech Academy Residential Mechanical Ventilation Installation Course to their area, contact RSES conference and seminar manager, Jeannie Birch, by phone at 800-297-5660 or 847-759-4046, by fax at 847-297-5038, or by e-mail at

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Publication date:07/19/2010