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RPA/ASSE looking for input on new hydronics certification

By HPAC Magazine   

HPAC General Hydronics

The Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) and ASSE International are seeking professional input as they develop an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognized standard for hydronic and radiant heating/cooling designers and installers. The standard will allow authorities to recommend certification as a minimum requirement to obtain a business licence to practice hydronic heating and cooling within their jurisdiction.

“Smaller cities and townships rarely have a minimum certification requirement in order to design and install these systems,” said RPA executive director Mark Eatherton. “It’s our goal to provide a high degree of consumer confidence in the designers and contractors who have made the effort to become certified.”

RPA will revise its current certification program so that it meets all the requirements of the newly developed standard. The training curriculum will assure that a professional contractor meets all of the testing requirements needed to achieve “ASSE Certified” status. Recertification would be required at regular intervals. 

Those interested in participating in the open consensus process in the development of this new standard should contact Eatherton at 877-427-6601 or e-mail mark.eatherton@radiantprofessionalsalliance.org.

RPA is a national chapter of IAPMO, representing the radiant and hydronic industry. ASSE International is an ANSI-accredited standards developer and product certification body comprised of members representing all disciplines of the plumbing and mechanical industries. 

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