Here’s hoping Chris Colditz and the HVACR Illinois State Association (HISA) gets its mission accomplished in 2009.
HISA was formed earlier this year to bring all of the
independent HVACR contractors within Illinois together into a strong, unified
presence to advocate for a state licensure law. They want a uniform code of
professional standards that includes protection for the consumer and ensures
the quality of services and products of all HVACR contractors. Colditz, who
presides over HISA, said the advocacy efforts of HISA are not intended to
infringe on existing, licensed trades that do similar work, but to ensure that
all HVACR services performed meet the same standards regardless of who is doing
The route to licensure has many important steps, noted
Colditz, of LACO Mechanical Services in Elk Grove Village, Ill. First, HISA is
currently developing draft language for introduction in the 2009 spring
legislative session - with additional changes currently being considered based
upon conversations with legislators during its Springfield visit.
Once the draft is finalized, HISA intends to distribute the
language to interested parties in an effort to include input from all
viewpoints so to ensure that there is little to no opposition to its efforts.
Final language, suitable for formal legislative introduction, will be developed
in consultation with the various stakeholders.
“The legislative process will take time to unfold as our
proposal must go through many stages of legislative review before final passage
by both legislative chambers,” said Colditz. “The key to successful passage of
HISA’s state licensure initiative is for every Illinois HVACR contractor to
For more information regarding HISA, go to
www.hvacrillinois.org. To touch base with Colditz, she can be reached at