Technicians who service motor vehicle air conditioners must be trained and certified by a US EPA-approved organization. Training programs must cover the use of recycling equipment in compliance with industry standards, regulatory requirements, refrigerant containment, and the environmental effects of refrigerants. To be certified, technicians must review the training material throroughly and then pass a test demonstrating their knowledge of the training material. A Section 609 credential is also required to purchase any automotive refrigerant, including R-134a and R-1234yf refrigerants in containers 2 lbs. and larger.
Note: The ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling Review and Quiz is an EPA-approved program that meets Section 609 regulations from the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. This program is intended only for technicians servicing motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems, and similar systems known as MVAC-like appliances. Review this EPA fact sheet here to see if the system you're servicing is covered under Section 609.
Under no circumstances should this program be considered as acceptable for Section 608 compliance, a separate requirement that applies to the servicing of other types of air conditioning systems. Also, some state and local jurisdictions have adopted their own credential requirements; check with your state and local authorities for details.
Certification earned as a result of a passing score on the online quiz is only deemed as certification in the context of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This credential is not the equivalent of technical certification from the main ASE testing and certification program.
To take the online quiz, you must first make payment with one of four major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. These are the only forms of payment accepted online. The fee for the quiz is $19. To ensure security of your payment information, it will be transferred using VeriSign's secure e-commerce payment system. The site also offers a voucher purchase option for employers, where vouchers (credits) can be purchased in quantity for employees. These vouchers can only be redeemed online and may not be used for the printed version of the program. After successfully paying and registering, you will receive an e-mail receipt notification, confirming payment for the online quiz.
You must thoroughly review the training material before taking the online quiz. To pass the quiz and earn credentials, you must answer at least 24 out of 30 questions correctly. At the completion of the quiz, you will find out immediately whether you passed or failed. If successful, you may then print out a temporary certificate that's good for 60 days. Within that timeframe, you will receive a permanent certificate and wallet card by mail. Please note: Permanent credentials will only be sent to U.S. mailing addresses and military APO/FPO addresses. Permanent credentials will not be mailed to locations outside the U.S.