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R-410A Certification

Because many HFC refrigerants, such as R-410A, operate at considerably higher pressures than many other refrigerants, safety training is imperative. R-410A systems will require service professionals to use different tools and equipment when installing, retrofitting, or repairing these systems.

Currently HFC refrigerants, including R-410A, are not covered under the refrigerant sales restriction of the Clean Air Act Amendments, and, at this time the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not require or mandate a separate certification for the handling of these refrigerants. Nevertheless, many equipment manufacturers are well aware of the concerns and safety issues of working with HFC refrigerants and are requiring service professionals who purchase their R-410A systems to be certified through each of their own independent programs and/or show proof of attending their training seminar.

R-410A Training/Certification

RSES has an R-410A Awareness page available that provides many articles and technical bulletins free of charge to the industry.

For those looking for a more structured R-410A training and certification program,  RSES has available the Universal R-410A Safety and Training program.

The program consists of a training manual that is published by ESCO Press, a CD-ROM that correlates with the manual (or can be used as a stand alone study aid) as well as a voluntary certification examination. (The certification issued is an HVAC Excellence certification. RSES makes no claim or guarantee of the acceptance of this certification.) 

Click on the links below to find out more details of these products:  Universal R-410A Safety & Training CD-ROM published by ESCO Press

Where Can I Take the Exam?

View the RSES Calendar of Events to find scheduled exams in your area or contact your local Chapter to obtain testing date and location information in your area.  

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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.

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

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