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Solar Energy International (SEI) Collaborates with Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE)

Posted by: chris
June 28, 2013

Learn why the roof is just as important as the PV system
So, what is RISE,™ ? Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc. is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and certifies solar energy installers for knowledge regarding critical roof system construction and maintenance practices necessary to support successful rooftop solar energy installations by administering the Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) credential. RISE is directed by a board of professional practitioners representing the solar and roofing industries.

What is a CSRP™? The Certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP) credential is designed to be a tool to identify skilled professionals who are capable of addressing all aspects of a roof-mounted PV system installation. CSRPs are tested and certified on knowledge about industry best practices for integrating roof systems and PV systems.

Why is it important that RISE and SEI work together? Well, rooftops are PV systems’ natural home yet the roof still needs to do its primary job: keeping the building protected from the elements and waterproof. Installing an expensive PV system incorrectly or over an aged or faulty roof system will lead to unintended results.  The CSRP certification helps ensure that both the roof system and the PV system are handled by knowledgeable professionals. That makes any building owner a happy customer.

If you are an electrician or a PV system engineer whose expertise is not in the roofing field, RISE can help you find education and training to learn more about roof systems.. Don’t worry…the CSRP credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required for a successful roof-mounted PV system installation—one that recognizes the importance of both the roof system and the PV system for a building's value and uninterrupted use. The credential does not attempt to convert roofing professionals into electricians or PV system designers or vice versa.

For more information about RISE and the CSRP credential, visit If you have specific questions or are interested in customized roof training, contact John Schehl at or (847) 299-9070, ext. 7503.  Website:

John G. Schehl CAE, RRC
JohnS staff photoMr. Schehl joined the staff of the National Roofing Contractors Association in September 1997 as Director of Training and currently serves as the Executive Director of Roof Integrated Solar Energy (RISE) Inc. John holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Development/ Instructional Design from Northeastern Illinois University; a Certificate in Distance Learning from Indiana University; is a Certified Association Executive; and, a Registered Roof Consultant.

His responsibilities include oversight of RISE Inc. and designing, developing and facilitating technical training, workforce development programs and credentialing programs. He is a founding member of The Performance Improvement Institute (TIfPI); serves on the Workforce Safety and Health and Solar Services and Consumers working groups of Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and several committees with the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). John began his roofing industry career in 1972 serving Chicago-based commercial and residential contractors. 

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