RISE™ makes its mark

In January, Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc. certified 14 Certified Solar Roof Professionals™ (CSRPs™), who were the first individuals to receive the designation, and more sat for the rigorous exam in February.

RISE, founded by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and NRCA, was created to provide a means of evaluating and certifying solar roofing professionals to support the widespread use of rooftop solar energy.

The RISE CSRP certification is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems on roofs. The credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install roof-mounted PV systems. Candidates are asked to demonstrate basic knowledge about different PV system types and key components; benefits and risks applicable to building owners; PV systems' integration with existing roof systems; installation guidelines; building codes; and post-installation considerations.

To help candidates prepare for the exam, NRCA and Penn State, University Park, Pa., have developed a study guide. The guide consists of basic information, resources and sample exam questions. The study guide can be accessed at

In addition, NRCA and Penn State are developing online modules that will help provide candidates with more information necessary for successful completion of the exam. The modules are scheduled to be completed this summer.

The next CSRP exam is scheduled for May 13; the application deadline is March 18. Exam locations will be determined one month before the exam date.

For more information about RISE and the CSRP exam, log on to or contact Jeanne Schehl, RISE program director, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7566 or

Ambika Puniani Bailey is editor of Professional Roofing and NRCA's senior director of communications.


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