RISE Announces an Additional CSRP Eligibility Track

ROOF INTEGRATED SOLAR ENERGY (RISE), Rosemont, Ill., has announced a new eligibility track for its Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) designation, which will enable a greater number of solar roofing professionals to qualify for the certification.

The new eligibility track allows those who have three years’ experience, involvement in a minimum of five projects installing commercial and residential roof-mounted PV systems, and 40 hours of recognized education and training eligibility to sit for the CSRP exam.

In the past, RISE had identified three eligibility tracks to qualify to take the exam. Candidates were required to demonstrate they met at least one of these tracks.

The new track has been added to the list of the previous three minimum entry tracks, which are:

    ▪▪ Three years’ experience installing roof systems as a roofing contractor or employee of a roofing contractor, in addition to completing 40 hours of recognized education or training.

    ▪▪ Three years’ experience providing technical roof system consulting services that include a minimum of five installed roof system projects, in addition to completing 40 hours of recognized training programs.

    ▪▪ Two- or four-year construction-related degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency or state approved agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or training.

“The RISE board of directors recognized that many rooftop solar professionals possess the unique roofing and PV system experience critical to the roles of a CSRP but who previously were not eligible to sit for the exam,” explains RISE Executive Director John Schehl. “The new eligibility track opens a door of opportunity for these professionals and provides greater choice to the public.”

RISE and the CSRP credential benefit roofing professionals by demanding a higher standard for all rooftop solar installations by providing a distinguished, nationally recognized professional credential that can enhance a career, satisfying consumers by protecting their roofing and solar investments; increasing the number of successful rooftop solar installations; providing the public with tools to identify skilled rooftop solar energy professionals; promoting a healthier roofing industry by differentiating between those who understand how to integrate those systems with the roof safely and effectively from those who simply understand PV systems; and ensuring roof-mounted PV systems work is overseen by individuals who are knowledgeable and experienced in roofing and PV system technologies, safety and construction processes.

For more information, visit RiseProfessional.org.