Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Programs

Certification Training Programs

Individuals seeking to become an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (ACR) Certified Technician must register and pass an examination.

Examination Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will the ACR Certified Technician examination be administered?

Beginning September 1, 2018 TDLR will administer the ACR Certified Technician examination through our third-party vendor. See the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) for scheduling instructions.

2. How much does the ACR Certified Technician examination cost?

The ACR Certified Technician examination fee is $60.

3. Where are the ACR Certified Technician examinations administered?

The ACR Certified Technician examinations are administered at various exam sites throughout Texas. See the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) detailing the list of sites.

4.  How will I be notified when I am eligible to take the examination?

You will receive an email with scheduling information when TDLR approves your eligibility.

5. How can I schedule my examination?

If TDLR approved your eligibility for examination, you may contact the examination vendor via the internet 24 hours a day or by phone to schedule your examination.  See the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) for instructions.

6. How do I request special accommodations?

Every reasonable accommodation will be made to meet your needs. Applicants with disabilities or those who would otherwise have difficulty taking the exam should make a request for alternative arrangements with the examination vendor.  Instructions for requesting special accommodations are detailed in the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).

7. What is the passing score for the ACR Certified Technician examination?

The passing score for the ACR Certified Technician is 70% or higher. 

8. When will I receive my examination score?

You will receive your score at the examination site after you complete the examination.

9. If I fail the exam, how soon can I schedule a retake?

You may schedule a retake within 24-48 hours of your failed exam.

10. How many times may I retake the exam?

Your license application is valid for one year and you may retake the exam until your application expires. When your application expires, you will need to submit a new application before you can retake the exam.

11. Where can I find information regarding the examination content and requirements?

Information regarding the examination content and requirements is available in the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).

12. Is there a study guide?

Yes, the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) has the number of questions on the exam, the time allotted to complete the exam, and a list of reference materials.

13. What am I allowed to bring to the ACR Certified Technician examination?

The ACR Certified Technician examination is an open book test. A list of what is allowed at the exam site is available in the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).

14. What kind of ID do I need bring to the exam?

A list of acceptable forms of identification is detailed in the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).

15. My name does not match my ID. Can I still take the exam?

No. If your name has changed you must notify TDLR. The examination vendor will not allow anyone other than the person listed in the database to test.

16. If I have an address change, whom do I notify?

You can update your address on our website.

17. If I changed my name, how do I notify TDLR?

To update your name with TDLR, you need to provide a copy of your driver’s license or other form of government issued identification. Please email the information to CS.Air.Conditioning@tdlr.texas.gov. Please be sure to include your student permit number.

18. What happens if I arrive late or do not show up to my examination? 
See the examination appointment cancellation policy in the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB).

Certification Training Program Application

For approval of a certification training program, submit the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program application along with the required fee and the required documentation.

Provider Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are all Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Programs approved by TDLR?

No, any entity (including secondary schools, institutions of higher education or apprenticeship programs)  can offer an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program; however, individuals seeking to obtain a Certified Technician License via this path should verify it is approved by TDLR before enrolling in a  program.

2. When do the requirements take effect?

The requirements are effective September 1, 2018.

3. How do I obtain approval for an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program?

Submit the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program application along with the required application fee and include all required documentation.

4. Is approval of an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program required before participants can enroll in the program?

No, any entity (including secondary schools, institutions of higher education or apprenticeship programs) can offer an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program; however, individuals seeking to obtain a Certified Technician License via this path should verify it is approved by TDLR before enrolling in a program.

5. What documentation must be submitted for approval of an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Certification Training Program?

You must:

  • Provide a course syllabus and/or course outline demonstrating the length of the training program, which must include a total of at least 2,000 hours. Include a brief description of the topics and technical requirements that will be covered during the training program. Clearly demonstrate the hours for the classroom instruction and practical experience in air conditioning and refrigeration-related work under the supervision of a licensed ACR contractor to verify the program has a total of at least 2,000 hours.
  • Provide a list of resources and references for the course textbooks, and/or other books, videos, and recordings. Provide copies of handouts or study materials used in the training program.
  • Provide a list of the supervising ACR contractors who will supervise the practical experience.
  • Provide a sample of the certificate of completion that will be provided to each participant who completes the training program. The certificate must include the following items:
    • Name of provider and training program certification number, which will be provided upon approval
    • Training program completion date
    • Printed name and signature of provider representative
    • Full name of participant

6. When is the training program provider required to provide the certificates of completion to participants?

Training program providers must provide to each participant who completes the program a certificate of completion no later than 10 days after completing the program. Providers must retain completion certificates for two years.

Contact the Education and Examination Division at education@tdlr.texas.gov for more information.