Among the new initiatives for the RHC is the formation of peer groups specifically for hydronic and radiant contractors, and development of a series of online training modules.

The ACCA Radiant & Hydronics Council will begin accepting new contractor members online at ACCA’s website shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday, reported the council’s Advisory Committee, which met Nov. 9 to lay out a strategic plan for the group’s launch. Other membership categories, such as manufacturers and suppliers, will be announced soon.

Among the new initiatives for the RHC is the formation of MIX Groups specifically for hydronics and radiant contractors. MIX Groups are one of ACCA’s most popular programs - small groups of noncompeting contractors who provide in-depth peer review and guidance on business operations.

The committee also determined that there is a need in the contractor marketplace for advanced training in hydronics topics, and began the move to develop a series of online training modules focused on a wide variety of topics.

“There’s a lot of ‘basics’ training already out there, including some already available from ACCA and other associations,” saidDan Foley, committee chair. “But we contractors need more advanced training, more professional development related to new and innovative technologies. The RHC will focus on raising the bar in the hydronics field, and that means helping contractors understand and use new hydronics technologies - with training built and delivered from a contractor’s perspective.”

These online training modules will allow contractors to enroll their employees in specialized training and track their progress. The first will be available in early 2012.

Membership in the RHC costs contractors $95 annually (in addition to ACCA membership dues). For additional information, contactKimya Bailey Cajchunatkimya.cajchun@acca.orgor 703/824-8845.