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EPA Refrigerant Certification
What is EPA refrigerant certification? EPA refrigerant certification is required for those that handle refrigerants. They must be certified and pass a written EPA certification test administered by organizations approved by the EPA.
To become certified to purchase and handle refrigerants, technicians must pass a written EPA refrigeration examination specific to the type of work in which they specialize. Local and online EPA 608 certification tests are offered. The North American Technicians Excellence (NATE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both offer HVAC certification.
The three possible areas of EPA refrigerant certification are: Type I Certification —servicing small appliances; Type II Certification—high-pressure refrigerants; and Type III Certification—low-pressure refrigerants.
Certification exams and certification classes are administered by organizations approved by the U.S. EPA and include trade schools, unions, contractor associations, or building groups. Universal certification involves issues pertaining to all three specific types. Technicians receiving a Universal Certification are certified to work on any type of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment except motor vehicle air conditioning. To become Universal Certified you must pass the Core, Type I, Type II, and Type III sections of the 608 exam.
The examination covers issues and compliance of the EPA 608 refrigeration recycling rules as specified in the Clean Air Act. Some of the issues on the EPA certification test are summarized below.
(1) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm