HVAC Certification

HVAC Certification
What is HVAC certification?

HVAC certification
refers to EPA refrigerant certification that is required for HVAC technicians that handle refrigerants. 
They must be certified and pass a written EPA refrigeration certification test  administered by organizations approved by the EPA.

To become certified to purchase and handle refrigerants, technicians must pass a written HVAC refrigeration examination specific to the type of work in which they specialize.  Local and online HVAC  certification tests are offered. The North American Technicians Excellence (NATE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) both offer HVAC certification.

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The three possible areas of HVAC refrigerant certification are:

  • HVAC Type I Certification —servicing small appliances
  • HVAC Type II Certification—high-pressure refrigerants

  •  HVAC Type III Certification—low-pressure refrigerants

HVAC 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.

 HVAC certification exams and HVAC certification classes are administered by organizations approved by the U.S. EPA and include trade schools, unions, contractor associations, or building groups.

To learn about the HVAC examination and issues on the HVAC exam use the menu above or this page link: HVAC Certification Examination

Summarized from:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers,
(2) US Environmental Protection Agency, Overview of Issues on EPA Certification Test,http://www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/608/technicians/certoutl.html
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