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RSES Introduces Hydrocarbon Refrigerants Training Material and Certificate

January 23rd, 2013

RSES announced the release of Hydrocarbon Refrigerants training material and certificate at the RSES Conference and HVACR Technology Expo, in conjunction with the RSES Mid-Southeast Regional Association Conference in November. Specifically, the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants study guide is designed to assist service technicians in understanding the requirements to safely maintain and service systems that utilize flammable refrigerants, including R-290, R-600a and R-441A, currently approved under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy Program.

The Hydrocarbon Refrigerants study guide includes the following topics: introduction to hydrocarbon refrigerants; regulations and standards; refrigerant safety; compressor-terminal venting; compressor changeout; system flushing, purging, and pressure testing for leaks; compressor misuse; compatibility; service procedures; temperature-pressure chart for HC refrigerants; and a SNAP appendix detailing substitutes subject to use restrictions.

In addition to the study guide, Hydrocarbon Refrigerants is also available through RSES eLearning as a training course and test, or a test-only option. The online training course includes the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants study guide PDF, an online review and test. Individuals interested in the online training course or test may make purchases online; however, interested groups or companies are encouraged to contact RSES directly by calling 800-297-5660 x2337, or e-mailing

“In response to the EPA approval of hydrocarbon refrigerants, RSES has developed a safety training program with a test to prove the technicians knowledge of handling these refrigerants. At the successful completion of the program and test, the candidate can download a certificate of completion,” explains RSES Director, Training and Testing, Patrick L. Murphy, CM. 

To order the Hydrocarbon Refrigerants study guide in hard copy, please contact RSES by calling 800-297-5660 or visit Once at the RSES Online Store, go to the “Certification” tab and select “Hydrocarbon Refrigerants Study Guide” to make an online purchase. Please note, RSES members will need to login to the website prior to purchasing in order to receive the appropriate member discount.

RSES is the world's leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES credentials include its Active Specialized Member, Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist categories, as well as one of the largest EPA Section 608 certification programs in the industry. Founded in 1933, RSES is a non-profit organization of more than 11,000 members in nearly 150 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more information on RSES call 800-297-5660 or 847-297-6464, or visit our website at RSES, 1911 Rohlwing Road, Suite A, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008-1397.

RSES is the leading education, training and certification preparation organization for HVACR professionals. RSES publishes various comprehensive industry training and reference materials in addition to delivering superior educational programs designed to benefit HVACR professionals at every stage of their careers through instructor-led training courses, online training for HVAC, educational seminars, interactive CD and DVD products, industry-related reference manuals, and helpful technical content through Service Application Manual chapters, the RSES Journal, the RSES Journal archives and feature articles, as well as web-exclusive features.

Beginning with basic theory and extending to complex troubleshooting, training courses covering refrigeration and air conditioning, heating, electricity, controls, heat pumps and safety may be conducted in a classroom environment or though self study. RSES publications may be purchased by schools, contractors, manufacturers or any other industry group wanting to conduct comprehensive training programs. Seminars covering air conditioning troubleshooting, electrical troubleshooting, compressor training, condenser training, refrigerant piping practices, DDC controls, and more are held in various cities across North America.

Select training programs offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and NATE Continuing Education Hours (CEHs).

In addition, RSES offers industry certification preparation materials for refrigerant handling (EPA Section 608), R-410A and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) examinations.

RSES’ monthly magazine, RSES Journal, serves HVAC contractors, service technicians, students, operations/maintenance managers, engineers and technicians who work in the residential, light commercial, commercial and institutional markets on air conditioning, warm-air heating, refrigeration, ventilation, electrical, ice machines, chillers, hydronic heating, piping, refrigeration control and energy management, building automation, indoor air quality and duct cleaning, and sheet metal fabrication equipment and/or systems.
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