Rinnai launches new-look online trade hub

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Parnell-based design agency Logan Brooke has led an upgrade to the digital window for leading appliance solutions company Rinnai, which has unveiled its revamped Tradesmart Hub, aimed at helping Kiwi tradespeople upskill.

The new-look trade website at www.rinnai.co.nz/Tradesmart is an intensive redesign and upgrade of their Tradesmart trade portal which will house tech bulletins, spec guides, advertising templates and online training courses for their trade and retail customers.

It includes Rinnai’s popular professional development training courses for trade personnel, which enable them to gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points issued by the Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers Board (PGDB).

Experts in water and home heating, Rinnai launched the free online courses in 2012. The company has seen an extensive uptake of the training, says Rinnai’s marketing manager Kathryn Geck.

“It’s proved to be very popular, with more than 14,400 PGDB CPD points issued since the programme started,” says Rinnai training manager Mark Dobson.

“No one else has invested in Kiwi tradespeople in quite the same way in New Zealand. We make these courses available to people for free, and online so they can do them in their own time. And earning CPD points helps them keep their licenses up-to-date and relevant.

“We’re proud to be involved in helping to up skill these personnel, as well as the industry as a whole, through this programme.”

The Tradesmart training website is now linked to the Rinnai consumer website, which has also undergone a significant revamp, meaning it’s simple to find and is included as a core part of the Rinnai brand, said Kathryn Geck.

“For those already registered with our Rinnai online training, log-in details will remain the same for the new look site, so they can easily access the expanded new Trade hub and their details without having to re-register.”



Agency: Logan Brooke
Creative Director: James Rangihika
BeWeb: Mike Nelson & Jeremy Nichols
Ubiquity: Kelly Skelton & Ed Johnson
Rinnai team: Kathryn Geck (national marketing manager), Carla Wentink (technical writer), Andrea Baes (website administrator) & Mark Dobson (training manager).

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