ESCO Group and RSES alliance

New Industry Alliance Transforms How HVACR Technicians are Trained

May 15, 2020
The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) and the ESCO Institute have created a new alliance that will revolutionize how HVACR technicians are trained.
ESCO Group and RSES allianceThe 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.”
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 the industry leaders to improve the technical education process for the future workforce. Similarly, RSES has been helping the current workforce improve their skills for over 80 years. Creating an alliance between these organizations establishes a transitional pathway throughout each stage of ones 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.
RSES is the world’s leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES credentials include its Active Specialized Member, Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist categories, as well as one of the largest EPA Section 608 certification programs in the industry. Founded in 1933, RSES is a non-profit organization with chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more details, call 800-297-5660, email or visit
ESCO Institute and its affiliate organizations, which include HVAC Excellence, Green Mechanical Council, Carbon Monoxide Safety Association, work to improve competency in the HVACR industry. To accomplish their goals, they offer; student outcome assessments, portable and stackable credentials (progressive levels of certification), curriculum, elearning, programmatic accreditation, and professional development. For more information, call 800-726-9696, email or visit