Counter Specialist Certification Training Program

HRAI has teamed up with the Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) to offer HRAI Wholesaler and Manufacturer members the Canadian version of HARDI’s Counter Specialist Certification (CSC) training program. This certification program would be beneficial to member companies with counter personnel staff as it entails a combination of course work and experience.
The program is comprised of four levels of certification; Assistant, Associate, Senior and HRAI Certified. Each level has its own set of requirements and focuses on five areas of competency including: wholesaling business knowledge, customer service and sales knowledge, product knowledge, safety and warehouse knowledge and an additional (customizable) focus.

For more information on the program please click on the following link: or contact Emily Saving, HARDI’s Director of Education & Research Foundation, at  (614) 345-4328 or

Ontario Energy Efficiency Regulation Effective January 1, 2013

The Ontario Energy Efficiency regulation (O. Reg. 404/12) under the Green Energy Act, 2009 was released on December 17, 2012.  This regulation both establishes and updates minimum efficiency standards for 45 products and replaces O.Reg 82/95.  The new regulation will become effective on January 1, 2013 and is available online on Service Ontario’s e-Laws.

It is HRAI’s understanding that regulations applicable to water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps that specify a date of manufacture as being January 1, 2013 or later are simply harmonizing with current Canadian federal energy efficiency regulations.  Equipment specifying a manufacturing date of July 1, 2013 or later will be new to the regulations however they will be in line with Canadian federal or US Department of Energy Regulations.

For more information contact Caroline Czajko at or 905-602-4700 Ext: 234

TSSA Adopts CSA B149.1-10 Natural Gas and Propane Installation Code

On October 1, 2012 The Director of the Fuels Safety Division at the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) for the Province of Ontario, issued a Gaseous Fuels Code Adoption Document Amendment.  The document adopts the following codes with an effective date of December 1, 2012:

A copy of the Code Adoption Document Amendment can be obtained at the following link FS-200-12.