Hmm. That conflicts with the EPA website. I found that same text you found with a google search on a site that sells the training.. Hmm seems like a conflict of interest. Who should I believe, the EPA, or the site selling training?
Is section 608 technician certification required in order to purchase R-410A?
HFC refrigerant substitutes that do not contain an ozone-depleting substance (such as R-410A or R-134a) are not covered under the refrigerant sales restriction
. Therefore, section 608 technician certification is not required in order to purchase HFC refrigerant substitutes that do not contain an ozone-depleting substance. It remains illegal to knowingly vent HFC substitutes during the maintenance, service, repair, or disposal of appliances.
Is EPA technician certification required to service R-410A systems?
No, at this time EPA technician certification (i.e., EPA Section 608 certification) is not required in order to service R-410A systems or other stationary refrigeration and air conditioning systems containing HFCs.
can point me to an EPA site that suggests it's illegal to test the charge in my system, I think I'm ok. If I go to service it, I will need to either hire someone or buy a reclaiming machine.