What Does it Mean to be EPA Certified?

October 31, 2018

Understanding the purpose of EPA certification can help you to pick an HVAC company that has the right technicians on hand to handle complex jobs. Following is an overview of this important form of certification as well as other common accreditation methods for your reference.

EPA Certification

Not all HVAC technicians need EPA certification. However, any technician who will be working with refrigerant chemicals of any kind must be EPA certified.

There are four types of EPA certification. Type 1 certification is for HVAC technicians who work with small appliances. Type 2 certification is required for those who work with high-pressure appliances. Type 3 certification is for technicians who service low-pressure appliances while Universal certification is for those who work with a wide range of appliance types and sizes. Once certification is given, it is good for life and considered valid throughout the United States. To obtain certification, HVAC technicians must pass a comprehensive exam covering the field of their choice with a score of no less than 70%.

Other Common Certification Options

NATE is perhaps the most common certification option for HVAC technicians. NATE certification does not take the place of EPA certification; however, it does show that a technician has the skills needed to handle common HVAC maintenance, repair and installation jobs. Unlike the EPA, NATE requires technicians to have a certain amount of on the job experience before taking an exam in the field of their choice. Other organizations offering HVAC certification include HVAC Excellence and the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute.

Licensing Requirements

While Georgia does not have licensing requirements for HVAC technicians, a handful of states do require that technicians have a state license in order to practice their trade.

Choosing a certified technician will give you peace of mind that your HVAC work will be done right the first time around. If you live in or around Alpharetta, GA and are looking for an HVAC company you can trust both now and in the future, 4 Seasons Heating and Air can meet your needs. Our technicians are trained, certified and insured and we offer a wide range of products and services to suit the needs of residential and commercial clients alike. Get in touch with us to learn more or to schedule an appointment at your convenience.

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