EPA Technician Certification
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a mandatory program that requires all technicians to be certified before performing maintenance, service, repair, or disposal of an appliance that contains refrigerant chemicals.
The agency has developed four types of certifications:
- Type I - for servicing small appliances
- Type II - for servicing high and very high pressure appliances
- Type III - for servicing low pressure appliances
- Universal - for servicing all appliances
To obtain certification, technicians must pass a closed-book proctored test which contains 25 questions about EPA regulations, and 25 questions on recycling procedures in the area in which they work. They may choose to test in only one area, or they may choose to test in more than one area, or they may choose to take the universal test which consists of 100 questions: 25 general and 75 sector-specific (25 from each sector of Type I, Type II and Type III). The minimum passing score is 70%.
*AC/C TECH is approved to provide EPA Technician Certification. Moreover, AC/C TECH provides training that prepares students for the exam. The training covers ozone depletion, the Montreal protocol, EPA rules and regulations, DOT cylinders, leak detection, refrigerants, refrigerant oils, recovering and recycling, servicing small appliances, servicing high pressure appliances, and servicing low pressure appliances. The training will also help students understand the potentials of releasing refrigerants (CFC's, HCFC's & HFC’s) into the environment, and will influence them to comply with the Refrigerant Recycling Rule (Section 608 of the Clean Air Act 1990), as amended by the CAA.
Internet training is available and can be achieved at anytime. Internet testing is also available for Type I Certifications only. Type II and Type III Certifications are closed book proctored exams. Retesting in the core sector is required when testing for a Type II or Type III Certification.
Below is a list of scheduled programs for classroom training and testing:
Fees: $35 for testing
$115 for training via the internet, or
$150 for classroom training (6 hour review)
Dates: Saturday - March 9, 2013
Saturday - May 11, 2013
Saturday - July 13, 2013
Saturday - October 5, 2013
Time: 8:30 - 8:45 Orientation
8:45 - 3:00 Training
3:00 - 5:00 Testing
Place: AC/C TECH
4415 Forest Manor Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226-3080
*AC/C TECH was approved on October 13, 1993