Website Update

February 19, 2019

We are in the process of rebuilding the website. External links to pages and pdf files may need to be updated. Please let us know about any broken links.

Proposed EPA Section 608 Changes

October 25, 2018

The EPA proposed changes to Section 608 of the Clean Air Act. You can read the proposed revisions here.

One of the main changes removes the management requirements for substitute refrigerants that are not on the list of class I or class II substances here. Many common refrigerants would be legal to buy without certification and legal for big box stores and online retailers to sell. This could have a negative impact on refrigeration manufacturers, suppliers, and contractors.

You can comment on the proposed changes here, but you must do so before November 15, 2018.

Renewals for 2019

October 11, 2018

The License Renewal Notices for 2019 have been mailed out. If you need to update your mailing address or do not receive a renewal notice in the next week, please contact our office.

New Electrical Code Book

October 4, 2018

The Electrical Code section of the exam will start using references from NEC 17 starting on November 1, 2018.

CFC Certifications Now on the Website

July 26, 2018

The EPA requires all CFC testing organizations to list the people who passed the CFC examination or received CFC cards.

There is a new section on the website, CFC Test Results, which shows all the cards issued by year.

If you want to opt-out of the list, please call the board or send us an email requesting to be left off the list including your first and last name and social security number.

New Contractor's Exam Booklet

July 12, 2018

The Exam Application for Refrigeration Contractors has been updated with the latest General Statutes and Administrative Code.

EPA Regulations Document Added to CFC Section

July 6, 2018

The Changes to the EPA's Section 608 program have been added to the CFC Section to the left. Click on Section 608 EPA Changes to the left or here to view the PDF.

Here and There

December 18, 2017

License renewals/reinstatements are due in the Board office by December 31, 2017. Reinstatements after January 1, 2018 have been increased to $120.00.

Other changes effective January 1, 2018 include:

1. The name of the Board is changed to State Board of Refrigeration Contractors.

2. The Board member positions to be filled by academia have been expanded to include "any accredited college or university located in this State."

3. Two new classes of licensure for refrigeration contractors are added:

 a. Industrial - All persons, firms or corporation engaged in refrigeration contracting with the use of ammonia as a refrigeration gas.

 b. Service - All persons, firms, or corporations engaged in the maintenance, servicing, and repairing of refrigerating machinery, equipment, devices and components.

Current commercial contractors' licenses will continue to include service and transport. Additionally, current commercial contractors will hold both a commercial and industrial license and their license number will be modified to reflect both classifications upon 2018 renewal. The 2018 $40 renewal/$75 reinstatement fee will cover both classifications.

The following fees will be charged beginning January 1, 2018:

1. Examination fee - $100;

2. Initial Licensure fee - $80;

3. Renewal fees - $80 annually;

4. Reinstatement fees - $120 annually.

Also effective January 1, the following officers have been elected to serve during 2018:

Chairman - W.D. Frye

Secretary - B.R. Cook

Treasurer - T. F. Welch

Board Proposes Rule Changes

July 21, 2017

The State Board of Refrigeration Examiners has filed proposed new rules, rule amendments and rule repeals for implementation on January 1, 2018 with the Rules Review Commission.

Click here for a PDF of the proposed changes.

A public hearing will be held on September 13, 2017 at 2PM in the Board Office (1027 US Hwy 70 W., Suite 221, Garner, NC 27529). Public comments will be accepted until October 16, 2017 and may be mailed to:

Barbara Hines, SBRE
1027 US Hwy. 70 W.
Suite 221
Garner, NC 27529

NC Sales and Use Tax Notice

July 6, 2017

The NC Sales and Use Tax Division published the following notice regarding repair, maintenance, and installation services. Page three of the notice contains a section on Commercial Refrigeration Equipment. The Board is drawing attention to the notice, but cannot offer legal advice.

Important Notice: Additional Information Regarding Real Property Contracts and Retail Sales of Repair, Maintenance, and Installation Services to Real Property

2017 Notice

June 16, 2017

Senate Bill 131, Regulatory Reform Act of 2016-2017, was signed into law by Governor Cooper on May 4, 2017.

This bill includes amendments as follows to Article 5, Section 87, Board of Refrigeration Examiners:

  1. The name of the Board is changed to State Board of Refrigeration Contractors.
  2. The Board member positions to be filled by academia have been expanded to include "any accredited college or university located in this State."
  3. Two new classes of licensure for refrigeration contractors were added:

    1. Industrial - All persons, firms or corporation engaged in refrigeration contracting with the use of ammonia as a refrigeration gas.
    2. Service - All persons, firms, or corporations engaged in the maintenance, servicing, and repairing of refrigerating machinery, equipment, devices and components.

      Current commercial contractors' licenses will continue to include service and transport. Additionally, current commercial contractors will hold both a commercial and industrial license and their license number will be modified to reflect both classifications upon 2018 renewal. The 2018 $40 renewal/$75 reinstatement fee will cover both classifications

  4. Fees: The Board has been authorized to charge the following fees beginning in 2018:

    1. An examination fee of $100 was established;
    2. Initial Licensure fee will be $80;
    3. Renewal fees will increase to $80 annually;
    4. Reinstatement fees will increase to $160 annually.

These changes are effective January 1, 2018 and will apply to all fees collected after that date.