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, Global Warming Potential, Refrigeration Characteristics & Identification, Ozone Depleting Refrigerants , Clean Air Act and The Montreal Protocol, Clean Air Act Section 608 Regulations, Clean Air Act Venting Prohibition, Refrigerants and Oils, Refrigeration, The Three R’s, Leak Detection, Recovery Techniques, Dehydration, Safety/General, Safety/Cylinders, Shipping, Servicing Small Appliances, Servicing High Pressure Appliances, and Servicing Low Pressure Appliances.

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Internet training is available and can be pursued anytime. Internet testing is also available. Note: You may attempt the CORE and TYPE I examinations anytime.  However, the Core exam taken as open book cannot be applied towards a Universal Certification.  It must be taken as a proctored exam in order to attain Universal.  Therefore, please be prepared to do the Core, Type II and Type III exams together if your objective is to earn a Universal Certification.  Taking them separately increases the fee $35 because we have to process your credentials twice.  If paying the extra $35 is not a problem, you can take the exams at different times/dates.

We proctor exams on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during the times indicated below (except holidays):
Tuesdays    9:00 am - 3:00 pm EST
Thursdays   1:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Saturdays   9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST

Please give us a call whenever you’re ready to do the proctored exams.  We will provide instructions on how to establish a web-meeting.  That will allow us to see and verify that you answered the questions without using books or notes.  It’s that simple!!!

All certification documentation and ID cards will be emailed the same day you earn certification.  The certification is lifetime and recognized anywhere within United States.  Below are Statistics for the past 3-years:

Graduation Data—EPA Technicians Certified

2017
148
2018
418
2019
557
Totals/Rate
5918 (91%)
Click this link to view Who Earned Certification before January 1, 2017
Click this link to view Who Earned Certification after January 1, 2017


TUITION & FEES:
$50 for testing only
$150 for training via the internet
$200 for training & testing
Training & testing at your facility is available,... call to obtain details

AC/C TECH was approved by EPA on October 13, 1993.