Taco’s FloPro Factory Training offers a broad range of professional development opportunities for plumbing and heating contractors in 2011. During sessions, participants learn to grow their hydronic expertise and boost profitability. All hands-on classes offer useful information and experience. Their popular webinar series will continue at a rate of two per month, free of charge.

The company will focus its efforts on its most popular, John Barba-driven course: the "Compleat" Boiler Room, with four dates available at Taco’s main facility in Cranston, RI. According to Barba, Taco's nationally-recognized hydronics trainer, other courses will also be held at locations in Long Island (June 16-17), Warren, NJ (July 14-15). Dates for training in Colorado, Chicago, Ohio, and Philadelphia will be announced at a later date.

All classes are NATE-Recognized and NORA Approved.

"Compleat" Boiler Room training shows installers how to install outstanding boiler rooms.

"We'll discuss sizing and near-boiler piping for both cast iron and modulating-condensing boilers," says Barba. "We'll discuss the proper sizing and application of circulators and zone valves, and discuss zoning strategies with a heavy dose of hydronic electronics thrown in for good measure. It's an advanced training program covering the latest in controls and products, with extended hands-on opportunities."

Sources say this two-day program is designed for, and will benefit any experienced hydronics installer or designer.

Tuition for all Taco FloPro Factory Training courses is $289, and includes two days of training, hotel accommodations for two nights, ground transport, meals and extras (though airfare to the host city is not included).

Course Schedule Location: Taco, Inc., Cranston, RI
• April 14-15
• May 5-6
• June 23-24
• September 22-23.

Registration and Tuition Tuition only, hotel accommodations not included: $119.00
Tuition plus one night's hotel accommodation: $209.00.
Tuition plus two nights' hotel accommodation: $289.00
Tuition plus three nights' hotel accommodation: $379.00

In addition to its classroom offerings, Taco also offers free FloPro Webinars. These programs are held twice monthly, typically in the late afternoon, Eastern Time. The one-hour sessions cover a wide range of topics, including:
• The fine art of combustion analysis
• Domestic hot water recirculation
• Evolution of radiant mixing
• Five easy ways to make any hydronic system more efficient
• CV pressure drop and you.

Also available online is Taco’s FloPro University. This innovative e-learning program features detailed, interactive training programs broken down into small, easily digestible chunks. Contractors can view these programs on their computer at their convenience as many times as they like. There’s a quiz after each section and a final exam at the end of each program. After passing the final exam each participant will receive a certificate of completion as well as a class pin.

FloPro University brings advanced learning right to the computer screen, making learning easy and convenient. Taco’s Training Programs are available only to members of Taco’s FloPro Team, their free contractor training and development program. If you aren’t already a member of the FloPro Team, learn more about the program and register at floproteam.com.

Contact Taco's Rae Aldrich — 401/942-8000 — with special requests.