announced April 12 it has acquired the North American rights to the
Green Plumbers USA
Training and Accreditation Program from Onni Inc., and the
Master Plumbers and Mechanical Contractors Association of Australia.
Plumbers USA is a national training and accreditation program that assists plumbers
in understanding their role in the environment and public health. The
organization’s goal is to train thousands of plumbers to promote the benefits
of water conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by changing
consumer and plumbing behavior through the use of energy efficiency and water-saving
United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters partners with Green Plumbers
in a common effort to provide the highest possible quality of green plumbing
certifications in the country.
Plumbers USA CEO Steve Lehtonen
joins IAPMO as
senior director of environmental education and will continue to promote and
develop the Green Plumbers program in North America.
goal when we brought the Green Plumbers program over from Australia in 2007 was
to enhance the image of the plumber, recruit new workers to the plumbing
industry and educate plumbers to be champions of conservation,” Lehtonen said.
“This acquisition will continue the core mission of the program while also
allowing the Green Plumbers training program to expand operations, improve
quality and assure that our environmental goals are consistent with effective
codes, health and safety.”
addition to Lehtonen, Green Plumbers Senior Instructor Doug Kirk
has joined IAPMO as director of green plumbing curriculum.
Invest, the Australian trademark owner, has developed an international business
model into which the existing Green Plumbers USA commercial operations will be
merged, but will continue to operate as Green Plumbers USA.
Green Plumbers’ training operations will continue, and emphasis will be placed
upon more classes, in more states and expanded online applications. The new
operation will be branded as “Green Plumbers Training and Accreditation.”
is uniquely positioned via its international presence to offer Green Plumbers
training and personnel certification from its various offices throughout the
world. The Green Plumbers program will benefit from The IAPMO Group’s
acquisition through expected access to numerous markets outside North America
and Australia/New Zealand.