The National Electrical Contractors Association's initiative to train and certify electric vehicle equipment installers, described as the Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP), was recently recognized as a Partner by the U.S. Dept. of Energy Clean Cities program.
EVITP was spearheaded by NECA in 2011, with several key industry stakeholders, electric vehicle manufacturers and the DOE quickly joining as coalition members. Recognized as a leading program for electric vehicle supply equipment installation and training, the DOE listed EVITP under Partnerships on its Clean Cities website in December 2011.
When the first electric vehicles were rolled out in late 2010, auto manufacturers quickly realized a gap in their marketing plan – namely, qualified electrical workers to install the charging equipment. NECA addressed the issue and seized the opportunity reaching out with their own joint apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) that was already covering the EV equipment installation process. A massive collaboration began with automakers, EVSE manufacturers and electrical inspectors to ensure that EV buyers had safe and reliable installed charging equipment. Today, EVITP provides a structured platform for training and certification for the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment across residential and commercial/public markets.
EVITP offers training to licensed electricians through electrical training centers and other venues, co-sponsored by NECA and the IBEW.