CFC Frequently Asked Questions

CFC Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

 

What is the Phone Number for the EPA Ozone Protection Hotline?

The EPA Ozone Protection Hotline toll-free number is (800) 296-1996

 

What does it cost to take the test?

The testing fee of $159 covers the initial testing. If the test must be retaken as a result of not passing any section, a fee of $134 is required for each retake. This re-take fee covers the test less $25 for the study manual. Lost study manuals cannot be replaced and must be repurchased at $25 each.

 

How do I schedule a test?

Once you have registered to take the test and allowed yourself time to read the study manual and take the practice exams. Contact the Marketing Manager to schedule your test. Testing can be done in Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Hobart, IN, Peoria, Springfield and Tinley Park. Allow yourself at least two hours to take the test.

 

What should I bring to take the test?

You may bring a calculator and the back cover of your study manual. If you forget the back cover, we have extras. You will need to leave your cell phone and any other materials with the test proctor. Those items will be returned to you after the test is completed.

 

When will I know if I passed?

If the test is provided using a computer, you will know you passed immediately following the test. If you take the test using a paper answer sheet, you will typically know within 10 business days when you will receive a letter from The ESCO Institute with or without your certification card. Once you get your card, please bring it in with you to Rogers Supply so we can have a copy of it on file for compliance with the Federal Government in the purchasing of refrigerant.

 

What if I passed a section of the test years ago and now want to pass a new section?

You will need to bring in a copy of your current CFC Certification card so that we may send a copy of that in with your current test so that you will not have to retake that previous section.

 

What type of A/C systems am I certified to work on with each type of certification?

608 HVAC Type I certification certifies you to work on unitary small appliances containing five pounds or less of refrigerant. 608 HVAC Type II certification certifies you to work on high-pressure and very high-pressure appliance which includes split systems and all other non-automotive systems not covered under the category of unitary small appliance or low-pressure appliance. 608 HVAC Type III certification certifies you to work on low-pressure appliances, such as chillers. 609 MVAC certification is required to work on Motor Vehicle A/C units.

 

Is EPA Certification valid in countries other than the United States?

No, it is not. The EPA is a U.S. agency and therefore is only valid in the U.S.

 

What type of Certification do I need to purchase refrigerants?

If you get a 608 certification (Type I, Type II, Type III, or Universal), you can buy any refrigerant sold in an HVAC/R store in containers of 20 pounds or more.

 

Do I need to be certified to Transport Refrigerant?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not require that an individual be certified to transport refrigerants and does not regulate the transport of refrigerants. Contractors are encouraged to contact their state and local environmental and transportation authorities regarding their regulations for persons transporting refrigerants. These agencies may have requirements in addition to those of the EPA. Rogers Supply is not responsible for interpretation, application, or enforcement of any laws current or future.

Certification Questions

 

What is a Type I Certification?

Technicians receiving a passing grade on the Type I (small appliance) examination are certified to recover refrigerant during the maintenance, service or repair of packaged terminal air conditioners with 5 pounds or less or refrigerant. Only Type I or Universal certified technicians can recover refrigerant from these units. The Type I certification is a closed book test. To become Type I Certified you must pass the Core and Type I sections of the 608 exam.

 

What is a Type II Certification?

Technicians receiving a passing grade on the Type II (medium-, high-, and very high-pressure) examination are certified to recover refrigerant during the maintenance, service or repair of high-pressure equipment (Medium-Pressure R-12, R-114, R-134a, R-401A and R-500; High-Pressure R-22, R-502, R-402A, R-402B, R-404A, R-407A, R-407B, R-407C, and R-410A; and Very-High-Pressure R-13, R-23, and R-503). Only Type II or Universal certified technicians can recover refrigerant from these units. To become Type II Certified you must pass the Core and Type II sections of the 608 exam.

 

What is a Type III Certification?

Technicians receiving a passing grade on the Type III (low-pressure appliance) examination are certified to recover refrigerant during the maintenance, service or repair of low-pressure equipment (CFC-11, HCFC-123). Only Type III or Universal certified technicians can recover refrigerant from these units. To become Type III Certified you must pass the Core and Type III sections of the 608 exam.

 

What is a Universal Certification?

Technicians receiving a Universal Certification are certified to recover refrigerant during the maintenance, service or repair of small appliances, high-pressure equipment and low-pressure equipment. That is, they 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. Passing all other sections except the Core, results in not being certified in any section. So you must pass the Core in order for any of the other sections to be valid if passed.

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