EPA Section 608 Certification

I.     Course Prefix/Number: AHR 105

       Course Name: EPA Section 608 Certification

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course designed to prepare for EPA Section 608 certification exam. Certification in proper refrigerant use is required by law for work on refrigeration systems. This is a classroom course only. Examination fees required.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course the student will:
  1. Define the four major components in the refrigeration system.
  2. Explain the condition of the refrigerant throughout the refrigeration system.
  3. Identify the deference between a Type I, Type II and Type III refrigeration equipment.
  4. Describe the different dates that changes took effect within our industry.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

All handouts, class discussions, etc. will be included in the final examination.

1.    General Knowledge
2.    Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
3.    Clean Air Act and Montreal Protocol
4.    The Three “R”s
5.    Recovery Devices
6.    Recovery Techniques
7.    Recovery Cylinders
8.    Shipping and Transportation
9.    Dehydration
10.    Leak Repair Requirements
11.    Substitute Refrigerants and Oils, Safety
12.    Type I Certification
13.    Type II Certification
14.    Type III Certification

VII.  Methods of Instruction

The methods include lectures, videos, class discussions and a mixture of classroom exercise.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. All quizzes and exams and lab assignments must be completed.
  2. Frequent tardiness will result in an absence.
  3. Do not leave the class for the evening without notifying your instructor.
  4. Safety goggles must be worn at all times in the lab.
  5. All tools, instruments and equipment must be returned to their appropriate place
  6. and clean-up work area.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Books to be chosen by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Level achieved on the EPA exam will determine grade.  Three (2) absences lowers grade one letter; two absences results in “F” grade. 

XI.   Other Course Information

Three absences lowers the final letter grade three letters.  Six absences will result in failure of the course. All appropriate safety precautions must be observed during lab sessions.  Any accident must be reported immediately.  The lab must be cleaned and all equipment picked up before leaving.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.