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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP)

“Charging electric cars is as safe as the electrician you use to install the equipment”
- Plugincars.com

Many of us have read headlines alleging that electric vehicle infrastructure has caused garage fires like those pictured below. While neither the electric vehicle nor EV charging equipment was the cause of the accidents shown below, these fires could easily have been avoided by having a well-trained electrician conduct a site assessment, load calculation and an inspection of the existing wiring in the garage before installing the electric vehicle charging station. Too many installers of electric vehicle infrastructure treat a charging station as little more than a dryer outlet and not the continuous electrical loads that it is. It is not uncommon for electricians to install EV charging equipment without first assessing the EV readiness of the structure onto which it is being installed. Failure to this creates an environment for potential risks. In older homes and buildings overloading circuits is a risk. If an outlet is added to an existing circuit, it often times results in an electrical load that is greater than the wiring was originally designed to conduct. Fires can result from outdated wiring that is deteriorating, inappropriately amended, or insufficient for the electrical loads of today’s typical household and older buildings.

For reasons like these EVITP was created.  EVITP is a not-for-profit, collaborative training and certification program that address the technical requirements, safety imperatives, and performance integrity of EV infrastructure.  The EVITP curriculum was developed in collaboration with Industry Partners and Stakeholders across the Automotive, Utility, and EVSE Manufacturing sectors and with Industry Related Professional Associations and Educational Institutions. Here is a list of the EVITP member partners.

The EVITP curriculum is offered in two phases and is targeted for both residential and commercial installations.  Phase one is a 24 hour hands on class.  It requires the passing of a challenging exam before an electrician is certified.  Phase two incorporates more advanced EV technologies that are increasingly required in the commercial market, including: facility based energy storage, 480 volt connected fast charging and wireless energy transfer.  These classes are offered in electrical industry training centers and community colleges across the country.

IBEW and NECA are proud to be members of EVITP and that hundreds of our electricians and electrical contractors are EVITP certified to provide highest quality EV Installations.