As warmer weather fast approaches, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) advises technicians to pursue certification from an EPA-approved organization to work on mobile air conditioning systems, according to a press release.
The ASE has offered its own refrigerant recovery and recycling program as an option for technicians, stating it is EPA-approved and meets Section 609 regulations. It may be taken online or individuals may have a booklet mailed to them to fill out with answers.
The program will cover information concerning “the use of recycling equipment in compliance with industry standards, regulatory requirements, refrigerant containment and the effects on the environment.” The ASE instructs those looking to take the test to “review the training material thoroughly” if they wish to pass the test.
Alongside being able to service air conditioning systems, passing the test will also grant the ability to “purchase automotive refrigerants in containers 2 lbs. and larger.”
It is noted that certification gained from the test is only seen as a certification “in the context of the EPA” and is not the same as a technical certification from one of the ASE’s certification programs.