What is a learning pod?


This year’s MACS Training Event and Trade Show is going to include a new feature that we hope you’ll like. It’s called the Learning Pod, and it’s a new venue for holding training classes. It’s going to be located directly behind the MACS booth, right out on the Trade Show floor.

 

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Each year MACS holds an EPA Section 609 Certification Training class, which has historically been held on Saturday afternoon in one of the regular session classrooms. MACS offers this training at no charge to attendees, and it’s a chance to become Section 609 certified through MACS while you’re spending some time with us in Orlando. But this year we wanted to try something different, considering all of the headlines and changes that have been going on in the industry, particularly with the EU, EPA, various regulations, refrigerants, and so on. That’s why we decided to bring 609 right into the main event; right into the trade show!

In addition to our regularly scheduled 609 Certification class, we’ll use the Learning Pod to present the following two exclusive 609 classes, which were created specifically for MACS 2016 as part of our Train-the-Trainer series. They’ll be offered back-to-back in the Learning Pod from 11am-12pm on Friday, February 12th.

Designed with MACS Trainers in mind, 609 Behind-the-Scenes will be a unique opportunity to see what happens here at MACS during each stage of the 609 certification process. From signing up to become a MACS trainer, to ordering tests and materials, this class will also cover proper paperwork handling, account maintenance and payment procedures. We’ll also review how to access our online training options, as well as how to get a reprint of your credentials.

Next we’ll present What’s New with 609, an opportunity for current trainers to see what MACS has incorporated into the newest program, as compared to the traditional version which was offered prior to 2015. We’ll cover some new refrigerants and why they were included, as well as specific EPA rules that have recently been added to the program. If you’re a current MACS instructor, you won’t want to miss this class!

For those who are not yet certified, don’t worry; we’ve got a class for you! From 1pm-3pm, the Learning Pod will feature MACS’ newest Section 609 Certification Training Class, covering the most up-do-date material available. But this class is not just for newbies. If you’re already a certification instructor, here’s a chance to see how MACS does it! We’ll present the entire 609 clinic, after which you’ll have an opportunity to actually take the paper-and-pencil version of the test. We’ll expedite your results, and if successful, you can say you became Section 609 Certified at MACS 2016!

The Learning Pod will bring a new dimension to MACS 2016, and we’re excited about combining the Training Event and Trade Show in a new way. See you in Orlando!

To register for the Section 609 class call 215-631-7020.

Visit MACS website at www.macsw.org

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About macsworldwide

Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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