ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — RSES proudly announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) at RETA’s Annual Meeting on Nov. 8. The organizations have agreed to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship to promote the safe and efficient use of refrigerants applied in refrigeration technology — both commercial and industrial.  

“RETA and RSES share extremely common goals and approaches when it comes to training our respective industry professionals, so it makes sense to unite in order to continue to attain these goals,” said RSES Executive Vice President Lori Schiavo. “Continuing education and certification are essential for professionals in this industry, and I am looking forward to uniting with RETA to provide revered products and services to all levels of professionals in every realm of HVACR.”

RSES and RETA have agreed to create and maintain the exchange of association news publications. Both organizations will work together to transfer technical expertise and experience in the form of technical papers, guidelines, handbooks, and other publications. They will also prepare and disseminate training courses and other materials under a separate agreement or provide materials as part of a general copyright license. Various cross-member discounts on conferences and memberships are also on the horizon.

“The RETA/RSES Memorandum of Understanding unites the leaders of refrigeration and HVAC training in the residential, commercial and industrial environments,” said Executive Director Jim Barron. “This first step establishes an unprecedented exchange of institutional information for the benefit of members of both organizations. Allowing representatives to attend national events and board meetings will lead to the further development of our shared culture. As outlined in the MOU, development of joint materials in those areas where it makes sense, such as low charge ammonia system compliance, benefits both memberships by establishing consistent industry guidance, developed from shared industry experience. Perhaps the least obvious benefit will be the ability of our combined voices, a chorus of well over 10,000 (and growing), to safeguard the industry from undo regulations and the misapplication of regulations.

“We believe that this cooperation supports the visions of Herbert Herkimer, Norman Register and J.B. Embrey,” Barron added. “Our only regret is that has taken 85 years to get to this point.”

Publication date: 11/14/2018

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