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What is the Refrigerant Recovery program?
The AHAM/NARDA Refrigerant Recovery Certification Program offers a convenient, affordable, and thorough self-study course designed especially for those who recover refrigerant from appliances grouped as “Type I” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA requires technicians recovering refrigerant during appliance sealed system service be certified by an EPA approved organization.
Who sponsors this program?
The EPA approved program is sponsored by the North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA), and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).
What products are included?
"Type I” appliances under EPA regulations are called “small appliances” and include: refrigerators and freezers designed for home use, room air conditioners including window models, packaged terminal air conditioners, packaged terminal heat pumps, dehumidifiers, under the counter icemakers, vending machines, and drinking water coolers. These products were grouped by the EPA because they are manufactured, charged and hermetically sealed in the factory with five (5) pounds or less of refrigerant.
How much does the Certification program cost?
While other tests cost up to $150, the AHAM/NARDA program costs only $60 per application. This includes a test, downloadable training manual, computerized scoring of test results, plus a wallet-sized certification card and a wall certificate for those who pass.
What's the test like?
The AHAM/NARDA Refrigerant Recovery Certification Program offers seven different test versions, each based on the EPA’s official question bank. Each test version contains 50 questions – 25 on general ozone depletion and refrigeration topics (including EPA regulatory requirements) and 25 questions about “Type I” appliances. Applicants also have access to a comprehensive 60-page training manual, prepared by home appliance industry experts, which focuses on issues relevant to “Type I” products, for study and open-book reference while taking the test.
What happens when I place an order for the traditional paper & pencil test?
Upon prepayment of the $60 fee, applicants are sent an enrollment packet including one version of the test, an answer card, and official processing forms. Applicants will be given a password for access to the training manual on the top of this page. Applicants return completed, signed tests to NARDA for grading and, if successful in passing, receive a wallet-sized certification card and a wall certificate for their place of business. Please note if you fail either section of the test you will have to pay an additional $60 fee to retake the test.
What happens when I place an order for the online test?
Use the link at the top of this page to order the CFC test online. To access and order the CFC test, applicants will first need to create a new account for themselves on the online test web site. Fill out the New Account form with your details and pay $60 for the course. Applicants will be sent a confirming email with the login and password for future reference. Applicants will then have access to the full course and manual. Applicants in the process of taking the test that need to stop, can use the "Save without submitting" and "logout" buttons at the bottom of the quiz page. Once applicants pass the test they will have access to print the wall and wallet certificate. Please note that if you fail either section of the test you will have to pay an additional $60 fee to retake the test.
What score do I need to pass the test?
For open-book, mail-in Type I tests, the EPA requires a passing score of 84% on both the general and small-appliance specific sections of the test (that is, 21 of 25 questions in each section must be answered correctly). An applicant who passes one section of the test and not the other may retake only the section failed if completing the traditional paper & pencil test.
How do I order a test? Download Order Form
You can order an AHAM/NARDA test the following ways:
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2. Order the paper/pencil test online at http://narda.com/Default.aspx?pageId=1451890
3. Download the order form and send a check or money order to:
222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60606
4. Call toll free: 1.800.621.0298 (US Only) or 312.648.0649 with a MasterCard or VISA credit card number.
How can I get information on other types of Certification?
NARDA only administers Type I certification. For information on Type II, III, Universal, and Automotive Certification, please visit the EPA Web site at www.epa.gov.