ASE Introduces New EPA-Approved
Section 609 Training and Certification Program

Release date: 2/10/2015

ASE's Section 609 Training and Certification Program Now Covers R-1234yf as well as other new refrigerants found acceptable by EPA under its SNAP Program. 

LEESBURG, VA February 10, 2015 – The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) today announced its 2015 version of the Refrigerant Recovery & Recycling Review and Quiz Program. The new ASE program meets EPA requirements and is shown on the agency’s list of authorized providers at www.epa.gov/ozone/title6/609/technicians/609certs.html. The new program can be taken online at www.asecampus.com. A printed booklet is also available.

“The new ASE Section 609 program has been completely updated to reflect new EPA requirements,” said Tim Zilke, ASE President & CEO. “This includes information on R-1234yf, R-744 (CO2) and R-152a refrigerants, which are three new alternatives found acceptable subject to use conditions in MVAC systems under the EPA’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program.”

Under Section 609, the EPA requires technicians who service Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning (MVAC) systems to be trained and certified by an EPA-approved organization. To earn certification, technicians must review the training material and then pass a test demonstrating knowledge of that material. This credential is only deemed as certification in the context of the EPA and is not the equivalent of technical certification from the main ASE testing and certification program.

In addition to EPA approval, the new ASE Section 609 program meets approval by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to be in conformance with SAE J2845, "R-1234yf [HFO-1234yf] and R-744 Technician Training for Service and Containment of Refrigerants Used in Mobile A/C Systems" through SAE J2911, "Procedure for Certification that Requirements for Mobile Air Conditioning System Components, Service Equipment, and Service Technician Training Meet SAE J Standards."

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence was established in 1972 as a non-profit organization to help improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive technicians and parts specialists. Today, there are more than 300,000 ASE-certified professionals at work in dealerships, independent shops, collision repair shops, auto parts stores, fleets, schools and colleges throughout the country. For more information about ASE, visit www.ase.com.

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