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EPA 609 Certification

MOBILE AIR CLIMATE SYSTEMS ASSOCIATION (MACS)

Why the 609 Certification is Important

The Clean Air Act of 1990 requires auto technicians to be certified in handling refrigerants. Properly disposing of refrigerants helps protect people and the environment from harm. Without correctly recovering and recycling refrigerant, dangerous health risks are posed to humans and the global climate. An EPA 609 Certification allows industry professionals to understand and stay compliant with EPA guidelines in handling and disposing of refrigerants.

What to expect in 609 Certification & Testing Process

Before taking the EPA 609 Certification test, MACS strongly recommends industry professionals completely review the Section 609 Study Guide. Further prepare by viewing MACS’ Section 609 webinar, a recorded training class available for only $25.

When the Section 609 Study Guide and/or webinar has been reviewed, choose from an at-home or online 609 Certification test in English or Spanish. The test is open book with 25 multiple-choice questions. There is also a FREE 10-question practice exam available online. (only)

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609 Certification Tests

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609 Certification Test

$20

Passing the Section 609 Certification test allows you to purchase refrigerant in quantities over two pounds, and also learn to recover and recycle refrigerant in compliance with U.S. EPA regulations. A minimum score of 84% is required to earn your certification.

Below is an instructional video to guide you through the purchase and test process.

  • Online test: After purchasing the online 609 certification test you will be provided a link to complete the test online.
  • Mail in test: You’ll receive the 609 Certification test, a study guide and a pre-addressed envelope to return the test to the grading facility. You have 90 days from the receipt of the test to complete and return to MACS for grading. If you fail the mail in test  and wish to try again you will need to purchase a new test.
  • ONLINE Retake test: If your first attempt at passing the ONLINE test was unsuccessful, you need to purchase the online test again. You have one opportunity to pass the 609 test, that is why it is important to take the FREE practice test. An ONLINE test is taken on your computer.
  • Mail-in replacement test: Did you lose your mail-in test? No problem, select replacement test below to order one today.
  • Bulk Testing for Companies: Purchase multiple online/by-mail tests for your employees with one payment. Create an account at the MACS website for each individual technician prior to contacting us at
    215-631-7020 x 313.
    Please write down your MACS account login and password for future reference.

 

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609 Certification Training & Practice Tests

MACS 609 Training Webinar

609 Certification Training Webinar

$25
Discounted member price: $0

This webinar is designed to help technicians gain the knowledge they need before taking the Section 609 Certification test. The webinar is an aid to the Section 609 study guide, but doesn’t take the place of it.

MACS dues paying members are reminded this webinar can be viewed free in the members only section of the website when members log in with their user name and password.

  • The webinar is approximately 60 minutes.
  • The webinar is available for viewing three weeks after date of purchase.

 

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MACS Section 609 Certification Test Study Manual

Free

MACS Section 609 test study manuals are available to download free as a pdf document from this page and are available in both English and Spanish. If you order a home study test a hard copy study manual will be mailed to you with your test. Please write down your MACS login and password.

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609 Certification Practice Test

Free

To help you prepare for the 25-question 609 online Certification test, MACS offers a 10-question online practice exam. You can review the study guide to prepare for the practice test as well as the real test.
Note: Practice 609 tests are offered online only.

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609 Certification Card Replacement

609 Certification Card Replacement

$10

Section 609 Certification credentials are good for life. If you obtained your credentials from MACS or IMACA but have lost them, you may re-order your certification card replacement here. If you were certified by ASE, ESCO or another vendor please contact them directly.

How to obtain a reprint:

  • After clicking buy now, complete the form.
  • After completing the form you will be prompted to send payment.
  • The $10 fee is not refundable if we do not find your certification, but the $10 may be credited for a MACS certification test purchase.

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Mobile A/C Training Materials

Mobile AC Service Essentials Webinar

$45
Discounted member price: $25

The Mobile A/C Service Essentials webinar is presented by Peter Orlando of CARQUEST Technical Institute.  It is designed to familiarize both shops and technicians with the current state of air conditioning service. While this seminar is not designed as a complete A/C refresher course, it touches on many foundations from previous HVAC courses and adds current information regarding new technologies, diagnostic techniques and the critical nature of Climate Control systems today.

In this seminar, we will discuss:

  • Current equipment standards and how to verify capabilities
  • The future with R-1234yf and how it will impact the service bay and customer satisfaction
  • Changes in leak detection and how to verify equipment operation
  • A review of the new service processes and RRR machines including video demonstrations
  • A review of tools and techniques to save time and increase accuracy

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MACS Mobile A/C Update Webinar

$50
Discounted member price: $35

Every year the Mobile Air Climate Systems Association creates a special mobile A/C update clinic to help working technicians keep up with the rapidly changing mobile A/C service and repair industry.

The material is sourced from previously un-presented material from the MACS 2020 Mobile A/C Update Clinic book. The clinic book is a separate purchase.

The Mobile A/C Update presentation is 1 hour long. The viewer can view the video for up to three weeks.

Topics for Mobile A/C Update:

  • Manifold Gauge Pressures & Line Temperatures
  • A/C Line Temp Review
  • Expected Results
  • Temp Drops from Ambient to Duct
  • Evaporators, TXVs, Condensers & more!
  • eVDCs (Electronically Controlled Variable Displacement Compressors)
  • Test Equipment
  • IHX (Internal Heat Exchanger)
  • Contact Thermometer
  • Update on EPA, Refrigerant Regulations, R-1234yf & Section 609 Certification

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HVAC Electrical Systems Book Cover Volume 2

Modern Automotive HVAC: Electrical & Electronic Systems

$77.95
Discounted member price: $47.95

This manual is a 150-page text designed to sharpen technician skills. It reviews basic principles and presentation of industry-accepted best practices for all aspects of HVAC diagnosis and repair.
Also available in a Spanish language edition.

Shipping Costs & Details

  • Price includes shipping in the domestic U.S.
  • Canada shipping is an additional U.S. $7 per book.
  • International shipping is an additional U.S. $22 per book.
  • If you have multiple book orders, MACS will contact you with correct shipping rates.

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Customer Booklet “Getting to Know”

$4.50
Discounted member price: $4.00

This 32-page booklet educates your customers on the way A/C and engine cooling systems operate. It will help customers understand the complexity of the systems and the need for professional repair. To order 12 or more booklets please call the office for a .50 per book discount.”

 

 

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Modern Automotive HVAC Systems

$67.95
Discounted member price: $37.95

This manual is a 150-page text designed to sharpen technician skills. It reviews basic principles and presentation of industry-accepted best practices for all aspects of HVAC diagnosis and repair.
Also available in a Spanish-language edition.

Shipping Costs & Details

  • Price includes shipping in the domestic U.S.
  • Canada shipping is an additional U.S. $7 per book.
  • International shipping is an additional U.S. $22 per book.
  • If you have multiple book orders, MACS will contact you with correct shipping rates.

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Mobile A/C Clinic Book Cover

Clinic Update Manual

$48
Discounted member price: $28

Purchase MACS clinic update manuals, the 2020, 2019 and  2018 versions are available.

The training topics for MACS Clinic Update Manual 2020 are:

  • Sometimes We Think Too Hard
  • Manifold Gauge Pressures vs. Line Temperatures: The Inexact Science Evolves
  • Fluorescent Leak Detection
  • A/C Airflow Switches to Defrost
  • A/C Performance in Hot Climates/Engine Temps
  • Software Fix for HVAC Noise
  • In-car and OAT (Ambient) Temperature Sensors
  • Electronics Comes to the “Thermostatic” Expansion Valve
  • A Few A/C Shorts
  • Update on Refrigerant Regulations, R-1234yf and Section 609 Certification

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Mobile A/C Instructor & 609 Proctor Kits

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Section 609 Proctor Kit – Printed

$119

Teach the MACS Section 609 Certification Program

The printed kit, which consists of a download of the presentation, a printed Training Script, a trainer’s certificate, tests and training manuals.
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Section 609 Proctor Kit – Digital

$59

Teach the MACS Section 609 Certification Program

The soft kit, which consists of a download of the presentation, a trainer’s certificate, tests and training manuals.

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Text Book Instructor Kit Cover

Modern Automotive HVAC: Electrical & Electronic Systems – Instructor Kit

$197.95

Purchase a PowerPoint® with printed guide to aid you in your 609 Certification training classes.

  • Price includes shipping within the domestic U.S.
  • Other shipping requirements will be called for confirmation

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HVAC Instructor Kit Cover

Modern Automotive HVAC Systems – Instructor Kit

$187.95

Purchase a 211-slide PowerPoint® with printed guide to aid you in your 609 Certification training classes.

  • Price includes shipping within the domestic U.S.
  • Other shipping requirements will be called for confirmation.

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EPA 609 Certification Apparel & Accessories

MACS 609 Wall Decal

We Protect the Environment Decal

$4
Discounted member price: $3.50

Display this decal on every vehicle to let customers know your technicians comply with U.S. Clean Air Act requirements and handle refrigerant responsibly.

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MACS 609 Patch

609 Certified Uniform Patch

$6.50
Discounted member price: $5.00

Proudly display your 609 Certification status on your uniform with this patch.

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609 certified T-shirt

609 Certified T-Shirt

$20
Discounted member price: $18

Let the world know you’re Section 609 certified! Get a black T-shirt with the MACS logo and Section 609 Certified printing.

  • Price includes shipping
  • Available sizes: S, M, L, XL, 2X, and 3X Choose your size below

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