ROCKLEDGE, Fla. - Mainstream Engineering, a manufacturer of aftermarket service/maintenance and education/certification products, is now offering a free R-410A online training and certification course - “R-410A Certification Program.” The training course is available as a downloadable 23-page manual or packaged as a manual and interactive software with practice tests, study modules, and a certification test, all free of charge.

The course was written by Mainstream Engineering President, Robert P. Scaringe, P.E., Ph.D, a holder of more than 60 HVAC/thermal control/energy conversion patents and a former Florida Institute of Technology engineering professor; former research and development engineer at General Electric’s Heat Pump group; and a frequent speaker at industry educational conferences.

The comprehensive 17-chapter manual covers many topics such as evacuation requirements, safe handling procedures, and frequently asked questions, according to Ross Soyka, director of marketing and the coordinator of Mainstream Engineering’s 12-year-old contractor training services program that also includes EPA-608, EPA-609, Indoor Air Quality, and Preventive Maintenance certifications.

“We offered this program because there’s a lot of misinformation in the industry,” said Soyka. “EPA-608 certification, which includes an R-410A section, is still required, but a prevalent rumor in the industry that R-410A specific certification is required is not true. We offer this program free as a goodwill public service measure to help educate the industry on R-410A safety and practices.”

The course requires three to eight-hours to complete and can be finished by technicians as their schedule allows. Once completed, service techs can market themselves as certified in R-410A environmentally-friendly service practices with wallet IDs, wall certifications, arm patches, and truck decals, said the company.

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Publication date:02/22/2010