NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a global leader in safety testing and certification, announced today the launch of a new program designed to train and certify installers of electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment. This program represents the first of its kind training initiative developed for electricians and other EV industry practitioners who seek to expand their professional credentials and become qualified to install EV charging equipment.
"UL continues to be the driving force in safety testing and certification, not only by developing standards, innovating testing methodologies and expanding its service offerings, but also by creating new training programs for industries that employ cutting-edge technologies," said Gary Savin, UL's Vice President and General Manager for Global Power and Controls. "Our new EV Charging Equipment Installation training program will help develop specialists qualified to install and support electric vehicle infrastructure, enabling its rapid proliferation while creating more green jobs."
The training program was developed in collaboration with EV Connect, a leading provider of electric vehicle infrastructure solutions, and is now available on-line through UL University. "It is a very timely initiative to provide high caliber training programs that will support industry growth through workforce development," said Jordan Ramer, CEO of EV Connect. "UL is leading the way and we are happy to contribute our expertise to this important undertaking."
Upon the successful completion of this program, the participants will be able to demonstrate their understanding of relevant National Electric Code (NEC) articles, various installation requirements, UL electric vehicle safety standards and emerging electric vehicle infrastructure technology. The participants who meet all of the requirements will receive the UL certificate. In addition, credential records will be available for verification purposes through UL's electronic database available on-line for public use.
This program is the first of a series of training initiatives that UL is developing for the EV industry. UL is also in the process of developing similar programs for code officials, inspectors, and designers. When complete, these certification programs will include both classroom and hands-on training. In addition, they will include requirements for overall professional experience and will offer continuing education opportunities.
For more information on UL's new training program, or to register, please visit this link: http://www.uluniversity.us/catalog/display.resource.aspx?resourceid=303396. For UL's other initiatives in the EV industry, visit: http://www.ul.com/electricvehicle/
About Underwriters Laboratories
UL is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems from more than 66,000 manufacturers each year. In total, there are more than 20 billion UL Marks appearing on products worldwide. UL's global family of companies and network of service providers includes 68 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 102 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom.
SOURCE Underwriters Laboratories