What certifications does an HVAC specialist need?


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Heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, specialists are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to be certified in the service or disposal of small appliances, low-pressure appliances, all types of equipment, and high- and very high-pressure appliances. Certification is earned by passing EPA-approved exams given by EPA-approved testing organizations.

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There are four separate EPA-approved tests. In addition to safety, refrigeration and clean air, test questions cover ozone depletion, leak detection, recovery techniques and regulations. The EPA website includes a list of approved testing and certification organizations. HVAC certifications do not expire. Registered apprentices under the close supervision of a certified technician are exempt from being certified.

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