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MACS reminds the aftermarket to be aware of changes to Section 609 requirements in 2018

Technicians who service mobile A/C systems and distributors who sell refrigerant need to be aware of new regulations effective on January 1, 2018 concerning the requirement of technicians to be Section 609 certified.


  • The final rule published November 2016 extends Section 608 requirements to HFCs. Starting Jan. 1, 2018,sale of most refrigerants of two pounds or larger will be restricted to 608 and 609- certified technicians; distributors must keep refrigerant sales records and verify purchasers are (or employ) 608 or 609-certified technicians.
  • Small cans (2 pounds or less) of non-exempt refrigerants may continue to be manufactured or imported and sold after Jan. 1, 2018, if equipped with self-sealing valves.
  • To learn more about Section 609 certification visit the MACS website

at To view the new regulations on the U.S. EPA website,


There is no mandatory re-certification, Section 609 certification once obtained is good for life. Technicians who have lost their MACS or IMACA certification may replace their credentials for $10. by calling the MACS office at 215-631-7020 x 0 or following the directions listed on the Section 609 page of the MACS website at


“The MACS staff has been busy answering questions for technicians and distributors who are confused or have been given wrong information about the new requirements. MACS wants everyone to understand that if you are Section 609 certified your credentials are good for life. If you have lost your credentials and are MACS or IMACA certified, MACS can issue a reprint of credentials for a $10 processing fee,” explained Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and chief operating officer.


Technicians who are not certified can become certified by visiting the MACS website at The newest Section 609 certification program which debuted in 2015 includes training on handling R-1234yf. Section 609 certification can be obtained through a written or online test for $20. Group classes can also be arranged by contacting our training department at 215-631-7020 x 304 or email


Since 1981, the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide has been the advocate for service and repair owners, distributors, manufacturers and educators making their living in the total vehicle climate and thermal management industry.

MACS Worldwide empowers members to grow their businesses and delivers tangible member benefits through industry advocacy with government regulators and by providing accurate, unbiased training information, training products, training curriculum and money-saving affinity member services. MACS has assisted more than 1-million technicians to comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment.


To learn more about MACS Worldwide visit our website at The MACS 2018 Training Event and Trade Show, A/Ccess will take place February 14-17 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, FL. A current calendar of all regional training can be found on the training page of MACS website.


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