Robinair is partnering with the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide to provide a free Section 609 test prep webinar for training and certification for up to 175 technicians on Wednesday, May 4 at 4 p.m. EST. The webinar will be broadcast on a private YouTube channel. Registrants will receive the link before the webinar.
The webinar will take approximately 90 minutes and at the end technicians can become Section 609 certified to work on vehicles using R-12, R-134a and R-1234yf refrigerant when they take the written test provided, mail it back to MACS and pass the test.
Interested technicians can register by calling 215-631-7020 x 0 or at www.macsw.org
When technicians register for the webinar, a test and study guide will be sent to them free of charge and courtesy of Robinair. Techinicans should take the test immediately after viewing the webinar on May 4 and return it to MACS for grading. When they pass the test, Section 609 credentials will be sent to them. Should a technician fail the test, one re-test will be issued. This offer is only to technicians in the continental United States and its territories. Tests requiring additional postage or shipping must be paid for by the attendee.
The R-1234yf refrigerant is gaining popularity among vehicle manufacturers because it reduces the environmental impact of A/C systems in vehicles, helping manufacturers meet stringent vehicle emissions standards. Automakers can receive emissions credits for using environmentally friendly refrigerants, meaning aftermarket technicians will begin to see an increase in vehicles using R-1234yf. The number of vehicles using R-1234yf is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years as the refrigerant replaces the current industry-standard R134a.
The MACS refrigerant recovery and recycling program was developed to meet the requirements under Section 609 of the Clean Air Act and was formally approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), effective Aug. 13, 1992. Since then, more than one million technicians have achieved Section 609 certification through its program. Throughout the years, MACS has continually expanded its certification program to reflect industry changes in technology, service equipment, procedures, tools, alternative refrigerants and changing government regulatory requirements.
“It’s a very natural fit for Robinair to partner with the MACS certification program to educate, train and certify today’s technicians on the latest breakthroughs and advancements in the mobile air conditioning industry,” said Tim Wagaman, senior product manager, air conditioning & fluid products, Robinair. “As R-1234yf becomes more prevalent in vehicles on the road, technicians and shop owners need training to recognize which refrigerant is being used, how to handle it safely and how to make sure they are properly equipped with the right machines and tools to service them.”