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WASHINGTON (July 29, 2013) -The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) and the Building Performance Institute, Inc., (BPI) are helping to raise the bar in home performance contracting with the recent additions of spray polyurethane foam (SPF) chemical health and safety training courses to BPI's continuing education program.

CPI's training programs for High- and Low-pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety are now eligible to contribute part of the requirements needed in earning a BPI credential. Trainees taking one or both of the CPI courses can earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) from BPI, recognizing their professional development and education in SPF.

The SPF training programs provide information about the use, handling and disposal of SPF, potential health hazards and control measures, including engineering controls and personal protective equipment (PPE). There are two courses available, one course for weatherization professionals who work with one-component SPF or two-component low pressure SPF kits/systems and one course for professional contractors who work with two-component high-pressure SPF systems. They have the option of taking one or both of the courses. Each CPI course has been approved for 2-2.5 CEU by BPI. The training programs are available for free at .

CPI Senior Director Lee Salamone said that the classes will help expand professional contractors' knowledge and understanding of the use and handling SPF, which is a key tool for energy efficiency in home improvements.

"In our industry, it is important to keep current with new technologies and best practices. BPI acknowledges continuing education associated with training and events, and awards CEUs upon completion and proof of coursework, giving certified professionals an opportunity to learn more about their industry," Salamone said.

BPI is a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. For more information about BPI, visit . For more information about CPI, visit .


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