Manny Chaves answered questions regarding the Refrigeration Board. The Q+A is below.
Why are some contractors getting fined?
Contractors are being fined because the refrigeration laws in place are now being enforced; no new laws have been created. The people being fined are either working on systems 10 tons and greater without a Refrigeration License or they do not have the License Information displayed on their vehicles. They could also be lacking a Contractor's License in addition to the Refrigeration License.
What prompts these inspections?
Advertising could trigger an inspection, as well as being reported by others.
Do contractors need a Contractor Supervisor License in addition to the Refrigeration Technician License?
No license is needed currently IF the contractor is working on a system under 10 tons.
Do I need continuing education hours before I am given a Contractors License?
Contractors need 100 hours of continuing education and must pass a written test, in addition to holding a Refrigeration Technician License for at least one year before they can be issued a Contractor's License. Currently
The Gould Institute
is approved for such training.
I was told I could no longer take the refrigeration test unless the company I work has a registered Apprenticeship Program with the state. I have taken the test before (and did not pass). Why is that?
One must be enrolled in an approved apprenticeship program and have an Apprentice's License in order to take the test for the Refrigeration Technician License. This is an old law that is now being enforced.
My school does not break down the electrical hours required to take the test. Is there a way around that?
Not all schools break down hours; they instead offer credits or number classes required. Ask your school/program how to break these into 250 hours of electrical training. The Board has the power to make exceptions, but one must go before the Board and present their case.
How do I get approved for the Apprenticeship Program?
Do I need my license number displayed on the truck?
Yes, not having your license number displayed on your truck could result in a fine.