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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the federal agency in charge of environmental protection. They are in order of water, air, and soil quality rules and regulations across the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can punish a firm if it pollutes the air. Several programs help improve the environment and assist with pollution. The EPA has more than 600 employees working in their offices, and they have several offices around the U.S.

The EPA provides regulations to rid water sources of contaminants, waterway contamination standards, sewage treatment plant standards, safe sources of drinking water standards, air pollution control, and other air quality issues. They also work to develop new programs for protecting the environment.

Individuals who want to become certified by the EPA should take an EPA practice test. Technicians who service, maintain, or dispose of any equipment that has the potential to leak refrigerants into the atmosphere must be certified. The EPA recommends that individuals who work with toxic chemicals be permitted. Technicians who measure leaks and are also responsible for restocking used oil tanks must have certification. The EPA recommends that all professionals in the field of environmental services, such as building construction and renovation, tree trimming and removal, plumbing, heating and cooling engineers, electricians, contractors, and many others, need to be certified by the EPA. Individuals who install air conditioners or HVAC systems in buildings must have certification from the EPA.

An EPA certification, also known as a 608 certification, certifies a technician’s knowledge of the laws and regulations governing using and managing ozone-depleting chemicals, or ODS, such as refrigerants. A certified individual who works with these types of chemicals can move freely between states without being recertified.

Type I, Type II, Type III, and Universal Certification are the four types of EPA certification. Type I certification is the most common practice test and is required for individuals who work with refrigerants or chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Type II certification is an alternative to Type I certification and applies to technicians who work with hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). Fire Protection System (Type III) certification is for fire protection system technicians. Universal certification is recommended because it improves the candidate’s chances of being selected for an EPA-sponsored training course, but it is not necessary.

To become a certified technician, you must pass an EPA-approved test administered by an EPA-approved certifying organization. Certifications do not expire after they are issued. Nonetheless, you must maintain your credentials. To earn universal certification, you must pass the basic section as well as all three level portions. Type I certification requires passing the basic section with an 80 percent score. To keep your certification, you must also pass all three level portions with a score of 90 percent or higher. Type II technicians must pass the basic section as well as all three level portions with a score of 90 percent or higher.

The purpose of certification is to benefit the user, not the seller of the service or product. If you are capable of completing a task that you are certified for without extensive training or expertise, you will not be able to certify others in your field in the future who have no knowledge of your previous certification exam. I hope this article was helpful in obtaining your EPA Certification. 

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