EPA 609 – MVAC
EPA-Approved Section 609 Certification is needed to service Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners and to purchase refrigerant.
EPA 609 Technician Certification
Mainstream offers free study materials for EPA 609 Open Book Certification online:
THE EPA REGULATIONS
Anyone who maintains, services, or repairs motor vehicle air conditioners (MVACs) for compensation (of any kind) must be properly certified as Section 609 MVAC technicians and they must use approved refrigerant handling equipment. Mainstream also offers the MVAC Section 609 training and certification exam. The MVAC certification is a 25-question, open-book format.
Section 609 Certification allows the purchase of any refrigerant in any size container from an auto supply house for use in cooling the passenger compartment of vehicles!
Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners (MVAC) are defined as mechanical vapor compression refrigeration equipment used to cool the driver or passenger compartments of any motor vehicle. This definition is NOT intended to encompass the hermetically sealed refrigeration system used on motor vehicles for refrigerated cargo or the air conditioning systems on passenger buses which use HCFC-22 refrigerant. Section 609 certification is required for working on MVAC systems while Section 608 certification is required for working on non-motor vehicle air conditioning systems. Note that Section 608 certification is required for working on hermetically sealed refrigeration systems used on motor vehicles for refrigerated cargo or the air conditioning systems on passenger buses which use HCFC-22 refrigerant.
Mainstream is approved by the EPA as a certifying agency for 609 MVAC Technician Certification and 608 Type I, II, III, and Universal HVAC Technician Certification Exams.