Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc. has announced its newest Certified Solar Roofing Professionals (CSRPs™). The CSRP designation is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee the installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems.

ROSEMONT, Ill. - Roof Integrated Solar Energy™ (RISE) Inc. has announced its newest Certified Solar Roofing Professionals (CSRPs™). The CSRP designation is a voluntary certification for professionals who plan and oversee the installation of roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) systems. The credential evaluates whether candidates have the underlying knowledge required to successfully install roof-mounted PV systems.

The board of directors of RISE Inc. has conferred the designation of CSRP on the following individuals for meeting established eligibility criteria, passing a challenging examination and agreeing to develop themselves professionally to remain current with changes in the field. The CSRP designation applies only to the individuals named. Companies are not certified. The following CSRPs successfully passed a rigorous exam May 13 to obtain certification:

- Darrell A. Diaz, president of Century Roof and Solar, Hayward, Calif.

- Geoffrey Hagan, environmental solutions manager for Tecta America Central Florida, Sanford

- Brad Petterson, project manager for Shay Roofing Inc., Millstadt, Ill.

- John Schehl, president of RoofMax Consulting LLC, Barrington, Ill.

- Ralph Wedge, president of Wedge Roofing Inc., Petaluma, Calif.

The next CSRP exams are scheduled for Sept. 30, 2011, and Feb. 24, 2012. For more information about RISE and the CSRP designation, visit www.riseprofessional.org or contact John Schehl, executive director of RISE, at (800) 323-9545, ext. 7503 or jschehl@nrca.net.

RISE was created by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and National Roofing Contractors Association to provide a means of evaluating and certifying solar roofing professionals to support the widespread use of rooftop solar energy. RISE evaluates and certifies solar energy installers for knowledge about critical roof system construction and maintenance practices necessary to support successful rooftop solar energy installations based on principles regarding the installation and maintenance of rooftop solar energy systems without adversely affecting roof system performance and service life. RISE also provides the public with tools to identify skilled rooftop solar energy professionals.