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About RETA

The Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) is the most recognized organization in the country dedicated to the professional development of industrial refrigeration operators and technicians. Founded in 1909, RETA is a non-profit membership and certification organization currently based in Albany, OR.


Our Mission

To enhance the professional development of industrial refrigeration operating and technical engineers. 

Our mission is to educate and to that end we provide current and up-to-date information in our publications, the Breeze, Tech Report and Pipeline, on all aspects of our industry. Additionally, we have a library of instructional materials available as teaching aids, used not only by individual members, but also by colleges across the country.


Our certification program is the only ANSI accredited program of its kind in the country. Through our efforts, we ensure that operators and technicians are equipped with the knowledge to safely run their equipment.

Annual Conference

The annual Conference brings members together from around the world to a venue that blends the excitement of the exhibit hall with the seriousness of the classroom and the fun of the social activities to create an extraordinary experience.


Education - RETA’s Conference provides four days of technical sessions designed to refresh, renew and expand your refrigeration knowledge and understanding.


Hands-on Experience - Special programs designed to provide attendees with walking through actual procedures/situations using SOPs and equipment.


Certification Maintenance - Earn up to 15 RETA PDH from the Conference program or up to 28 RETA PDH with a combination of the Refrigeration Review Course and Conference program. RETA PDH may be applied toward CIRO, CARO, CRES or RAI certification maintenance.


Value - Full immersion experience at no-frills prices. The cost-effective registration fee is all inclusive of meals and special events. Nearly all meals are provided so per diem expenses are reduced. And, no rental car is necessary.


Technical Papers - Each attendee is provided with a set of Technical Papers available only at the RETA Conference.


Training - Our program is filled to capacity with workshops and training sessions from the best in the industry. Plus, attendance accrues RETA professional development hours (PDH) applicable to maintaining RETA certification.


Scholarships - The generosity of our sponsors enables us to offer a $100 scholarship to operators, technicians and end users; reducing the full Conference registration fee by $100.


Hot Point Sessions - Learn of upcoming issues, trends, new equipment and other tips and tactics from RETA's exhibitors and sponsors during these special hour-long infomercials (Hot Point Sessions are educational in nature and PDH eligible).


In short RETA offers you:

  • Education - to prepare you
  • ANSI Accredited Certification - to equip you
  • Chapter meetings - to keep you active locally
  • Publications - to inform you
  • Conferences and local seminars - to connect you

Our Members

More than 6,000 individuals and companies worldwide maintain RETA membership. Throughout the United States, local Chapters offer RETA members a wide-range of benefits — all designed to keep members up-to-date on new developments in equipment and operating procedures, practical aspects of everyday engine room operations, troubleshooting and emergency situations.

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