Certificate to handle refrigerants
Get, renew or replace an Ozone Depletion Prevention certificate to purchase and handle refrigerants in refrigerators and air conditioning units.
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By law, the removal, discharge, handling and disposal of refrigerants that contain ozone depleting substances and other hydrocarbons such as CFCs, HCFCs or HFCs must be performed by a certified technician.
You can find a complete set of provincial rules related to this activity in:
To purchase and handle refrigerants in Ontario, you need an Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) certificate card.
To get a card you need to:
- complete a 1-day course
- receive a mark of 75%+
- pay the fee
Once you've completed training, your certification card will be issued to you by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
The card is valid for 5 years from the date of issue.
You must complete a government-approved environmental awareness training course in order to purchase and handle refrigerants in Ontario.
The course takes 1 day to complete.
Approved training courses are offered by:
- Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) in Toronto
- partner colleges across Ontario
- contact HRAI or one of the approved colleges for information about:
- the course
- registration form
- required fees
- fill out the registration form
- pay the fee
If you are a member of Local Union 787, contact the Joint Training and Apprenticeship Committee about training.
HRAI charges a course fee of $200+ tax. Fees may vary for courses offered at partner colleges across Ontario.
The course fee includes:
- training (manual, instruction and testing)
- administrative costs of issuing the certificate
- Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP) certificate card
Renew a certificate card
To renew your card, you need to:
- contact HRAI
- pay a $50 fee + tax
Please renew your card before it expires. If you allow your card to expire, you must take the training course again to be re-certified.
Replace a lost certificate card
To replace a lost card, contact HRAI.
There is no cost associated with replacing a lost card provided that the lost card is not expired.
If you've been certified in a Canadian province or territory outside of Ontario, you need to:
- apply for an Ontario Ozone Depletion Prevention certification card
- pay the $50 fee + taxes
You do not need to complete a training course.
Proof of certification includes either:
- a certificate from the institution at which you were trained in Canada
- confirmation in writing from an out-of-province regulatory authority
Records of use
If you hold an Ozone Depletion Prevention certificate, you must:
- keep records of use (records of your activities) for at least 2 years
- provide them to the Ontario government, if requested
A record of use must contain:
- all amounts and types of refrigerant purchased or obtained to service or test equipment
- name of the seller or supplier of the refrigerant
- amount of any discharge of a refrigerant and an explanation for the discharge (whether or not it occurs in the course of servicing or testing equipment)
Names and dates
- date of the servicing or testing
- your name if you're doing the servicing or testing
- your employer’s name if the service and testing is done as part of your employment
Description of activities
- a description of the servicing or testing
- the amount and type or types of refrigerant used in the servicing or testing, if any
- the type or types of refrigerant recaptured in the course of the servicing or testing, if any
- estimate of the amount of refrigerant recaptured in the course of the servicing or testing, if any
You need to include your employer's name on:
- service and testing records
- leak test notices
- empty notices for refrigeration equipment