The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) is a non-profit, volunteer, brand neutral national EV industry collaborative training program. It addresses the safety imperatives, technical requirements and performance integrity of the following industry partners and stakeholders:
- Automobile manufacturers
- Investor-owned and municipal utilities
- Electric vehicle supply equipment/EVSE (“charging station”) manufacturers
- Electrical energy storage device manufacturers
- State and local electrical inspectors
- Electrical contractors and electrical workers
- First responders
The EVITP program offers the most comprehensive EVSE installation training in North America. In addition to being an installation course, it also covers general information about the EV industry. It even touches a bit on customer relations and customer satisfaction.
Why is it important?
Reasons to consider the EVITP include:
- Quality training and education
- Increased performance level
- Increased reliability and credibility
- Risk and liability reduction for people, property, governments, financial Institutions, insurers and the EV Industry
What is the curriculum?
The following topics are covered in the EVITP curriculum:
- Prospect/customer relations and experience
- Automobile manufacturer’s charging performance integrity specifications
- EV battery types, specifications and charging characteristics
- Utility policies and requirements
- Utility grid stress precautions
- Role of electrical storage devices
- Installing, commissioning and maintaining electric storage devices
- Charging station fundamentals including brand/model-specific installation instructions for:
- Level 1: 120 VAC 15 amps
- Level 2: 120-240 VAC 60 amps
- Level 3: 480 VAC 125 amps or 600 VDC 550 amps
- Service-level assessments and upgrade implementation
- Understanding Internet Protocol (IP) networking of charging stations
- National Electrical Code (NEC) standards and requirements
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E and OSHA regulations
- National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) for electric vehicle equipment
- First responder safety and fire hazard measures
- Next Generation Charging
- EVSE troubleshooting, repair and commissioning
- Facility based energy storage
Will I get a certification?
The EVITP has rigorous training standards that are taught by qualified and experienced instructors. All students of the program will be expected to learn the core curriculum in combination with applicable local requirements. Upon completing and passing the program, you will be presented with an EVITP certification.
How can I enroll in the program?
Before you can enroll in the EVITP anywhere, you must be a licensed general electrician. The EVITP is offered in several electrical industry training centers and community colleges across the United States.
If you are interested in enrolling in a course, contact EVITP via email at email@example.com to find information about the EVITP training requirements and options available in your state as it does vary by region.
Another way to learn about your training options is to conduct an online search for EVITP courses near you (ex. EVITP course enrollment Houston). Your search results list will comprise local institutions that offer in-person, online and hybrid EVITP options. Visit the website for your institution of choice to find the next steps toward receiving your EVITP certification.
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