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EPA Universal Certification

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the universal certification is administered by the EPA for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians who engage in activities that might reasonably release refrigerants into the environment.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the universal certification is administered by the EPA for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians who engage in activities that might reasonably release refrigerants into the environment. 


Legislation

The Clean Air Act (CAA) covered the release of refrigerants that cause ozone depletion in the Earth’s atmosphere.  To control the release of chemicals, the CAA established a certification program under the administration of the EPA.

This certification program contains four levels of certification, including the universal level of certification. 


Universal

To become certified at the universal level, a technician must pass the testing requirements for the three specialist levels of EPA certification.  The EPA provides three levels of certification: Type I for small appliances, Type II for high pressure appliances and Type III for low pressure appliances.


Exams

To become qualified in each of the levels of EPA certification, a technician must pass exams focused on issues such as the depletion of ozone and the Clean Air Act.  Other subjects covered for certification exams include the definition of small appliances, refrigerant recovery techniques and safety.

About the Author

Paul Cartmell began his career as a writer for documentaries and fictional films in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s. Working in documentary journalism, Cartmell wrote about a wide variety of subjects including racism in professional sports. Cartmell attended the University of Lincoln and London Metropolitan University, gaining degrees in journalism and film studies.