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Why Do I Need an EPA Certification?

by on July 18th, 2019 in Articles Heating & Cooling Training News

More businesses are requiring potential candidates to have their EPA Certification to qualify for their positions. Having this certification is also a federal requirement for working with certain appliances. Those who go through the EPA certification process gain a better awareness of the laws and procedures that cover the handling of HVAC systems and chemicals.

There are several different categories of certification – EPA Section 608 Technician Certification, EPA Section 609 Technician Certification, R-410A Technician Certification, Indoor Air Quality Certification, PM Technician Certification, and Green HVAC/R Certification.

The type of certification you have will determine which kinds of appliances you are qualified to work on. Each certification is given by passing the EPA exam which is administered by an EPA-approved testing organization. You can choose to take one test for a specific certification or pass all three be certified to work on every type of appliance.

What Does Each Certification Mean?

The EPA Section 608 Technician Certification is the only section that has different types to choose from. You will need this certification to be able to work on building air conditioning and refrigeration systems.  This section offers 4 certifications types:

  • Type I Certification – Persons who maintain, service, or repair small appliances must be certified as Type I technicians.
  • Type II Certification – Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of high or very high-pressure appliances, except small appliances and Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning (MVAC) systems, must be certified as Type II technicians.
  • Type III Certification – Persons who maintain, service, repair, or dispose of low-pressure appliances must be certified as Type III technicians.
  • Universal Certification – Persons who maintain, service, or repair both low and high-pressure equipment, as well as small appliances, must be certified as Universal technicians. (Type I, Type II, and Type III Certifications)

The EPA Section 609 Technician Certification is necessary to work on Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners and allows refrigerant purchases.

The R-410A Technician Certification is available for those who are already EPA Section 608 Certified. Technicians should already know the basics of air conditioning-refrigeration system installation before taking this training.

The Indoor Air Quality Certification gives technicians the ability to service, clean, and inspect the HVAC’s system.

The PM Technician Certification is only available to EPA Section 608 certified technicians. It contains all areas of acid and moisture detection, water removal, coil maintenance, and more.

The Green HVAC/R Certification is not an EPA required certification but is becoming more of a desire for many technicians because of the increasing demand for environmentally smart HVAC technology. This certification teaches how energy conservation can be used in the heating and cooling industry.

Contact Ayers Career College to learn more about EPA Certifications.

HVAC students troubleshoot A/C issues

by on August 4th, 2015 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

Much of the training you’ll do at Ayers Career College is hands-on in our program labs, which are set up to mimic real life scenarios you might encounter while out on a job. Our HVAC lab is no exception. In this setup, Jeff Huffman and Steve Coleman use a multimeter to troubleshoot a condensing unit, while their instructor Maurice Jackson gives instruction so they can learn how to get the job done right! He will step in when needed, or is there to answer questions, but it’s up to the students to troubleshoot and resolve the issues.

HVAC students get hands-on during lab sessions

by on November 17th, 2014 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

During a recent lab session, Ayers HVAC students get hands-on experience using a few tools of the trade: utilizing wiring diagrams to trouble shoot furnace issues, using flare tools and torches to braise sections of copper pipe, and learning and practicing new soldering techniques under the helpful guidance of HVAC Instructors Paul Shores and Maurice Jackson.

Student Update: HVAC graduate Nicholas Bartek

by on October 2nd, 2014 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

HVAC graduate Nicholas Bartek recently sent us this email updating us on his new career after graduating from the HVAC program here at Ayers. He is working for Cerpangha Commercial Group. They are based out of Texarkana and service LA, AR and East TX. We thought it was a great testimony to how successful our students are after they graduate, and wanted to share it with you!
HVAC graduate Nicholas Bartek with his tool kit at graduation

    From: nicholas bartek
    Sent: Monday, Sept 22, 2014 8:46 PM
    To: Erica Barrett
    Subject: Re: Hey

    Ms. Barrett,

    IT WAS AMAZING! I have been telling my family all about it! So, today started at 8 AM getting picked up at my house, then traveling to Nachidoches(I think it was that city) working on the AC system at a Little Ceaser’s. Then we went to a Burger King in Pineville to work on their bun toasters(we were called about one, but we serviced all three of them). Then we went down to DeRidder to service a Subway’s Turbo-Chef(sub toaster) but found that either the the manager, or the manufacturer gave us the wrong location(so unfortunately no services were provided). Then finally back to my house by 5:50 PM giving me a total of ten hours; minus 1 hour for lunch.

    I am REALLY enjoying this job(check with me again soon(I’m sure I will still really love this job)). The people are SO friendly, and the customers are happy to see us. I like the driving time, and the ability to get a TON of overtime.

    Thank you SO much for you assistance in finding this career path for me, you are the BEST!

    Nicholas Bartek

HVAC graduates recieve new tool kits

by on August 26th, 2014 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

TreMelvion Lewis, Awinn Smith, Marcus Bernard, amd William Shepherd with Instructor Paul Shores show off the tool kits they each received when they completed their training through our HVAC program on June 26, 2014.

HVAC graduates with tool kits

Below, Dalvern Jenkins shows off his tool kit while Marcus Bernard and and William Shepherd double-check theirs to make sure they received all the necessary tools when they finished up on their last day of the program. Each tool kit contains a multi-meter and gauge set, along with a number of other hand tools that will be helpful in jump-starting graduates careers in the HVAC industry.

HVAC Ductwork Lab

by on June 9th, 2014 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

Our students participate in a variety of different lab projects to get the hands-on training that is needed in today’s job market. In this lab, Paul Shores instructed his HVAC class on the construction of a plenum from a sheet of ductboard, that is now on display after being installed atop an air handler. HVAC student Brian Carey attached instulation to a section of ductwork during a recent lab project he participated in.

HVAC Lab Work

by on February 19th, 2013 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

HVAC lab workAyers Heating and Air Conditioning student Cintron Rivera works on wiring an air handling unit during a recent lab project.

HVAC lab workAyers HVAC student Jeremie Gillard troubleshoots an air handling unit as fellow students Joshua Kraus and Alex deBray observe during a recent HVAC lab project.

HVAC lab workHVAC student Otis Kimble uses a swaging tool to flare a section of copper pipe during a recent HVAC lab project.

“We were working on swaging the end of a piece of ¾” copper pipe. We flare the end of the pipe and then braise another piece of pipe into it with a torch.” -Otis Kimble

HVAC lab workHVAC student Daniel Quartier uses a meter to troubleshoot a circuit board from an air handling unit as fellow students Jeff Lacy and Thomas Anderson look on during a recent lab project.

HVAC lab workinstructor Paul Shores creates a wiring “problem” on a condensing unit so that his students can practice trying to figure out what the problem is when they attend the troubleshooting lab project.

“It is really helpful to have so much modern equipment to use in the HVAC lab. I can create several troubleshooting scenarios for the students to come and work on all at the same time.” – Paul Shores, HVAC instructor

HVAC lab projectHVAC student Wade Robinson uses a cutting tool to cut a section of copper pipe so that he can prepare it for swaging and braising during a recent lab project at Ayers Career College.

“I was cutting a section of copper tubing to get it ready for soldering.” -Wade Robinson

HVAC Career Fair, February 13

by on February 7th, 2013 in Campus Events Heating & Cooling Training

Attention Ayers’ HVAC Graduates!

Please SAVE THE DATE for our HVAC Career Fair
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Ayers Career College

8820 Jewella Ave. Shreveport, LA 71108

* Space is Limited *
PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING by calling (318) 868-3000
or click here to fill out the RSVP form online

Meet HVAC Employers that hire our HVAC Graduates!

Please bring several copies of your resume… attire business casual. Be prepared to interview for positions you may qualify for.

Employers that will be in attendace are:

· Service Experts
· City of Shreveport
· Vintage Realty
· Accutemp
· Raab’s A+ Heating and Air Conditioning

For more information on this event, or to RSVP you will be in attendance, please contact (318) 868-3000

Mr. Leo Savage visits with Ayers HVAC students

by on January 31st, 2013 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

Leo Savage, General Manager for Service Experts in Shreveport, works with Heating and Air Conditioning student Bruce Adams to diagnose a condenser unit during a recent visit to the Ayers campus.

Leo Savage, General Manager for Service Experts in Shreveport

“I am pleased that the school is arranging employer visits for the night students. It gives us an opportunity to meet the employers and show them our ability and potential.” -HVAC student Bruce Adams

HVAC Tool Bag Presentation

by on October 4th, 2012 in Heating & Cooling Training Student Testimonials

Heating and Air Conditioning students Dondell Pea, Jason Modisette, Demetrius Jordan, Ivory Scott and Alfred Webb proudly pose with the tool kits that they just received as graduates of the HVAC program at Ayers Career College!

graduates of the HVAC program at Ayers Career College

graduate of the HVAC program at Ayers Career College


HVAC student Ivory Scott displays the tool kit that he received upon finishing the requirements of the Heating and Air Conditioning program at Ayers.  The tools were presented to him in a monogrammed Ayers tool bag.

“Receiving this tool kit will allow me to get to work right away and start using the knowledge I acquired during my training at Ayers.” – Ivory Scott

Some Of The Companies That Hire Our Graduates Include