Jason Kosmicki, of North Platte, adjusts the refrigerant charge on a heat pump Thursday. Kosmicki is an HVAC student at North Platte Community College, which will be offering a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification course in October.
A chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) certification course will be offered at North Platte Community College in October. It's open to anyone who handles refrigerants.
Successful completion will result in Type I, II and/or III certifications from the ESCO Institute, the industry's largest provider of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Section 608 testing.
"Type I certification is for those who maintain, service or repair small appliances such as window air conditioners and refrigerators that hold 5 pounds or less of refrigerant," said Rex Kemp, NPCC heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration instructor.
Anyone who works on or disposes of high-pressure appliances, except small appliances and motor vehicle air conditioning systems, must be certified as a Type II technician.
Those who maintain, service, repair or dispose of low-pressure appliances, such as industrial chillers, must be Type III certified. Universal technicians are certified in all areas.
By taking the course at NPCC, which consists of classroom instruction followed by an online test, technicians have the opportunity to qualify for all three certifications.
"The important thing for people to know is that this is not a formal refrigeration training course," said Kemp. "Technicians must be familiar with the basic vapor-compression refrigeration cycle and common service equipment and procedures upon enrollment."
Certification is good for life – unless the EPA changes its regulations. At that point, it would be the technicians' responsibility to update their training.
Classes for the CFC Certification course at NPCC will be from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. The class will meet in Room 401 of the W.W. Wood Building on the NPCC North Campus. More information is available by contacting Kemp at 535-3660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cost of the course is $145, and pre-registration is required. Registration can be done online at http://www.centerforenterprise.com, or by calling (308) 535-3678.