About ATMT “EPA 608” Technician CertificationTM
EPA Refrigerant Technician Certification Testing is required by all individuals who open a
system or container holding a controlled refrigerant. Persons who work on stationary equipment
or use refrigerants designed for these systems can become certified by passing the Section
608 EPA Refrigerant Technician Certification Exam.
CORE - To pass any EPA type, a technician must pass the CORE section of the test plus one of
the technician types listed below. Once CORE is passed it need not be taken again and it may
be used for additional EPA types.
Type I - EPA 608 Testing is for technicians working on small appliances, such as domestic
refrigerators, window air conditioners, PTAC's and vending machines.
Type II - EPA 608 Testing is for technicians working on equipment using high-pressure
refrigerant such as HCFC-22. The equipment includes residential air conditioners and heat
pumps, supermarket refrigeration and process refrigeration.
Type III - EPA 608 Testing is for technicians working on equipment using a low-pressure
refrigerant such as HCFC-123 or CFC-11. The units are primarily chillers.
Universal - A technician passing all three EPA types; Type I, Type II and Type III is
certified as Universal and can service all appliances.
The ATMT “EPA 608” Technician CertificationTM
meets legal requirements for handling refrigerants and helps fulfill our mission of
Creating a Better, Safer, and more Efficient Maintenance Workforce! Obtaining
certification from the nation’s leader in maintenance training will not only make you
legal, but it will provide you with the documentation you need to positively demonstrate
your knowledge about refrigerants and safe handling practices.
The exam is a timed test, taken under the live supervision of a proctor, which ensures the
validity and consistency of the testing process and gives credibility to the final score.
The exam is made up of multiple choice questions. The order of questioning may vary from
test to test to ensure validity. A score of 70% is required to pass the exam and receive
certification. Most people who study and have received prior training will score in the
70% to 85% range, which is considered “good” for this test. There will be a number of
people who fail however, giving the exam even more credibility for those who pass it.
This certification is used for employer and employee EPA compliance, and may also be used
by the employer as part of an overall worker safety and maintenance program, for assessing
the needs of workers, and can be used by the individual so that he can handle refrigerants
and to demonstrate his knowledge to an employer or vendor and give him an edge over other
|Registration and Q&A review with proctor:
||1:30pm – 2:20pm
This is a timed exam that will start at 2:30pm sharp whether students are prepared and
in their seats or not. Individuals arriving late will not be allowed to take the exam.
Please arrive at least 20 minutes before testing starts!
Students must understand refrigerants and basic air conditioning and refrigeration prior to taking
the exam. This is not a training course.
Individuals must have a good understanding of the material in their study guide prior to coming in
to take the test and should not expect to pass it without having first completed an American Trainco
air conditioning and refrigeration training program or other formal training program. Some
experienced individuals may be able to pass the exam without prior training; however, it is not
uncommon for “experienced” individuals to fail.
Those seeking certification should come prepared and ready to take the exam! Refunds are not
allowed for people who start the test but then discover they aren’t ready.
If you have not yet received formal air conditioning and refrigeration training
Go to the Air Conditioning
& Refrigeration Training Schedule now.
Who should seek this certification?
This certification is required for anyone who works with or is handling refrigerants.
Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act requires that all persons who maintain, service, repair,
or dispose of appliances that contain regulated refrigerants, be certified in proper refrigerant
handling techniques. ATMT “EPA 608” Technician CertificationTM
not only permits individuals to work with refrigerants, but it also proves that the individual
has passed a test proctored by a live person in the classroom, who is a member of the world’s
leading maintenance training company. Through this certification individuals can demonstrate
their knowledge on the subject to employers and vendors as well as the EPA. People seeking this
All HVAC maintenance personnel in:
- Manufacturing Plants
- Commercial Buildings
- Waste Water Facilities
- Government Buildings
- Research Facilities
- Shopping Centers
- Apartment Buildings
- Building Maintenance Personnel
- Plant & Facility Maintenance Technicians
- Building Engineers
- Building Managers & Superintendents
- Plant & Facility Managers
- Environmental Health & Safety Personnel
- Apprentice and Experienced HVACR Technicians
- Stationary Engineers
- Refrigeration Technicians
- Energy Management Personnel
- Multi-craft & Cross Training Personnel
- Mechanical Engineers
- Any person handling or working with R-410 refrigerants!
More About the Exam
Students will be mailed a study guide prior to the exam date, so register early to make
sure you have time to study!
Some of the areas of questioning include:
- Varieties and uses of refrigerants
- Proper handling of refrigerants
- Refrigerant chemistry
- Human hazards associated with refrigerants
- Environmental hazards associated with refrigerants
- Maintenance practices and tools used in association with refrigerants
- Refrigerant recovery
- Refrigerant charging
- Storage, safety & ventilation
- Other safety & environmental considerations
Is EPA 608 Technician certification required?
Yes. Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act requires that all persons who maintain,
service, repair, or dispose of appliances that contain regulated refrigerants, be certified
in proper refrigerant handling techniques.
If you are not yet prepared to take the EPA Section 608 Technician Certification exam, you can
Go to the Air Conditioning
& Refrigeration Training Schedule
now and register for a two-day training course where you can take the EPA 608 certification
exam at the end of the seminar for free.
What You Will Take Home
Individuals successfully passing the certification exam will receive an 8-1/2 x 11
certificate suitable for framing along with a laminated certification card you can
carry with you.
All student scores are permanently stored in accordance with ACE (American Council
on Education) guidelines. Transcripts and replacement cards & certificates may be obtained
by calling American Trainco customer service.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
All students attending our seminars receive a personalized Certificate of Completion and .8 CEUs
(Continuing Education Units) per day of training. Over 40,000 employers and government agencies who
have sent their employees to our classes accept American Trainco CEUs for continuing education
requirements. Our administration and record keeping practices meet or exceed the standards of ACE
(American Council on Education) and we are able to provide transcripts of all classes attended and
tests taken by individual students. Please contact us if our CEUs are not yet accepted by your authority.
We will initiate an application to get the approval process started.