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Section 608 EPA Certification Program ( For Stationary HVACR Systems and Equipment )

Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act requires that all persons who maintain, service, repair or dispose of appliances that contain regulated substances be certified in proper refrigerant handling techniques.

The ESCO Institute’s program has been revised to include the regulatory changes that have been made by the EPA in their
Section 608 Refrigerant Management Program.


The EPA has approved nearly 100 certification programs and provided them all with an identical bank of test questions. However, more registered proctors have selected the ESCO Institute’s program over any other program. Here’s why:

  • ESCO offers the simplest way to provide the exam!
  • No setup cost for HVACR educational programs and HVACR wholesalers.
  • Simple preparatory manual.
  • Free practice exams to help certification candidates prepare for the exam.
  • Options on how test is administered to candidates.
  • Simple enough to conduct as a self-study, comprehensive enough to be incorporated into any training program.

Preparatory Manual

The ESCO Institute’s Section 608 EPA Preparatory Manual, 9th Edition, has been revised to include all new regulatory changes. This 28-page book is clear, concise and contains everything that a candidate will need to know to take and pass the revised Universal exam.

Registered Proctors using ESCO Institute’s Section 608 EPA Certification Program can access an electronic version of the book in our resource center or order the bound printed version in the proctor store. Both items are available for registered proctors when they access their ESCO On-Line account.

The manual is available in both English and Spanish.

Instructor Resources

ESCO Institute offers instructors a PowerPoint that includes speaker notes designed to keep the program on track. This presentation has been revised to include all new regulatory changes.

Registered Proctors using ESCO Institute’s Section 608 EPA Certification Program can access the PowerPoint in the Resource Center when they login.


Testing Options

To accommodate the varying needs of testing facilities, the ESCO Institute offers options on how to administer the closed-book certification exam.

Paper or online test takers can find test results online 24/7/365. View test results now.

Online Testing Option -

ESCO On-Line is the quickest and simplest way for HVACR educational programs and HVACR wholesalers to offer the Section 608 Universal closed-book exam.

ESCO Online offers a few ways to administer exams. One allowing a proctor to quickly launch a single exam, another to log in up to 35 test-takers at once.

Registered proctors (test administrators) login to:

  • Download an electronic version of the preparatory manual.
  • Download the instructor PowerPoint.
  • Download PT Charts.
  • Purchase exam credits with a purchase order (P.O.) or credit card.
  • Conduct exams online with instant results.
  • Upon passing the test, the certification card is mailed the next business day!
  • Access detailed reports free of charge!
  • Always be assured you’re giving the latest version of the exam

Paper Testing Option -

ESCO Institute provides HVACR educational programs and HVACR wholesalers a kit containing: reusable exam books, answer sheets and postage paid envelopes, free of charge.

Exams are stored securely in proctor’s office until needed. Exams are paid for when submitted for grading by including a purchase order, check, or credit card information.

To simplify submitting exams, ESCO provides postage paid envelopes. Paper tests are graded within one business day of receipt.

Free Practice Exams

To further help prepare for the exam, test takers can take practice exams free of charge. There is no software to download or install. Simply click and take practice exams 24 X 7 from any smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC.

Take a Free Practice Exam

Proctor Application

Becoming a proctor is easy and free for HVACR educational programs and HVACR wholesalers.

Click here to complete and submit your proctor application

Questions

The ESCO Institute staff would be glad to answer your questions on offering the program or assist you in finding a testing location in your area.

Contact us toll free at 800 726-9696,
Monday through Friday (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central).