The EPA has created four levels of certification: for servicing small appliances, for servicing large appliances, for servicing large appliances, and for servicing large appliances (Type I). Except for tiny appliances and MVACs, for servicing or disposing of high- or extremely high-pressure appliances (Type II). Low-pressure appliances must be serviced or disposed of in this manner (Type III). For all types of equipment service (universal), 6 months or 1000 hours is required. Appliances that are not certified by an authorized repair facility cannot be placed back on the market.
Who can perform EPA Type 1 appliance service? Only those who have completed an approved training program can apply EPA Certification Numbers to indicate that they have been trained to service these products. The number can be found on a certificate which must be visible when the appliance is being worked on. Certified technicians should use caution not to expose themselves to dangerous conditions while working on any appliance used to heat water for sanitary purposes.
Appliance service facilities must comply with certain requirements to be considered "authorized." For example, they must be located within 50 miles of where the product was sold or leased, and they must maintain a regular business office where customers can drop off their appliances for service. An "appliance service company" is defined as a single entity that provides service on more than one model of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, air conditioners, or water heaters. Multiple separate companies that operate under the same name are not considered one appliance service company.
Universal Certification: Available to anybody who has Type I, Type II, or Type III certificates. To service building air conditioning and refrigeration systems, an EPA-approved Section 608 Certification is required. The certification must be renewed every five years.
Licensed technicians are required by law to comply with certain standards when performing maintenance and repair work on heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) systems. By requiring licensed technicians to complete training and obtain certification, the HVAC/R industry is able to ensure that it provides the public with a high quality service.
Any person who has completed a recognized training program approved by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
The training must include topics such as safety, electrical systems, air quality, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning design, materials, construction, testing, and installation practices. Candidates must also successfully complete at least one practical examination before receiving certification.
Training programs may be completed in full-time or part-time modes. In addition, candidates may choose to receive credit for experience.
The EPA Section 608 HVAC Type I certification allows you to operate on unitary small appliances carrying no more than five pounds of refrigerant. This includes air conditioners, heat pumps, and vacuum cleaners. It also includes rechargeable battery-powered devices such as radio-controlled car kits and power tools.
In addition to the required education level, those who hold this certification must complete 100 hours of training within two years of being certified and must renew their certification every three years after completing the required number of hours of training.
Type 1 technicians are responsible for inspecting and repairing equipment that uses type 1 refrigerants. They can also replace or adjust system components like thermostats and motors.
Those who hold this certification must be at least 16 years old. They can be high school students who have completed their general studies and obtained a license to practice automotive repair as an alternative to taking the certification exam.
Type 1 certification is good for five years. After that time has passed, candidates must take the certification test again in order to maintain their status.
Type 1 technicians can expect to earn between $15 and $20 an hour.
Environmental Protection Agency of the United States.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is an agency of the U.S. government responsible for protecting the environment through regulation and enforcement. It was established by Congress in 1970 as an independent agency within the Department of Justice (DOJ). The head of EPA is called the Administrator. There are several divisions within the agency including the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, which enforces environmental laws and regulations; the Office of Research and Development, which conducts scientific research on topics such as air pollution, climate change, and water quality; and the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, which regulates emissions from new vehicles and monitors air quality across the country.
Certification means that an organization has been approved by EPA to provide certain services. These services include evaluating facilities and equipment to determine if they meet applicable standards, and providing information on how to reduce or eliminate contamination at facilities. Certification bodies use various methods to conduct their evaluations, but usually require a facility to submit a complete application form that includes details about the operation of the facility.
There are two types of certifications: ongoing and one-time.