ISRI has expanded its popular safe battery handling courses for electric vehicles (EV) and Li-ion batteries to meet member demand for interactive, informative training. State-of-the-art courses popular in 2023 are returning, along with the addition of ISRI’s Advanced EV Safety Technician Trainer add-on course.

By popular demand, ISRI’s breakout course in training on safe EV and Li-ion battery handling, the EV Safety Technician course, has additional training dates in 2024. In December 2023, ISRI hosted its first-ever EV Safety Technician in-person program that attracted attendees from across the country. The upcoming, in-person course offerings are set for Jan. 8-9, Feb. 12-13 and March 11-12 in Ostrander, Ohio. The course is packed with comprehensive, hands-on knowledge to assist members in how to safely interact with EVs and Li-ion batteries. The ongoing program is a partnership between ISRI and the Energy Security Agency (ESA).

The EV Safety Technician course includes:

  • xEV Orientation
  • Li-ion Battery and HV System Overview
  • Hazardous Condition Identification
  • Hazardous Condition Management
  • Safety when Interacting with xEV
  • Institute of Motor Industries (IMI) Certification in Battery Dismantling
  • Hands On Experience with xEV Battery Packs

Participants receive ESA certificates of completion and IMI certification in battery pack dismantling operations. The course structure provides a high-energy and interactive balance of classroom and academic sessions with practical hands-on labs at the state-of-the-art ESA/ Energy Safety Response Group (ESRG) alternative energy testing lab.

The EV Safety Technician course has an online prerequisite course, High Voltage Electric Vehicle Technology Online Course. After completion of the online course, members can participate in the in-person course.

Additionally, ISRI has created an Advanced EV Safety Technician Trainer course as an add-on to the EV Safety Technician program. The three-hour course is designed to equip recycling and dismantling supervisors with the critical knowledge, skills and abilities, to safely develop and implement protocols and procedures for safely interacting with electric vehicles. Students will receive ESA certificates of completion and Call2Recycle and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) certification in Li-ion battery packing and transportation requirements.