New Officers and Board Members

March 7, 2019

The following have been elected to lead the Board during 2019:

Brad Cook, Chairman
Tim Welch, Secretary
Gary Ramsey, Treasurer

The Board is pleased to welcome Tom Backman as their newest member, replacing Morton Blanchard. Mr. Blanchard will be missed for his acute acumen and significant contributions to the Board and the refrigeration industry.

Statement Concerning Comfort Cooling Used for Refrigeration

March 5, 2019

It has come to the Board's attention that some businesses are using comfort cooling equipment outside their operating envelope to act as refrigeration units. We asked the Departent of Insurance if this was legal in North Carolina and received the following response:

The short answer is no, this is not in compliance with the NC Mechanical Code, and the section that code officials would primarily cite is NCMC Section 304.1, and Section 1101.2.

304.1 General. Equipment and appliances shall be installed as required by the terms of their approval, in accordance with the conditions of the listing, the manufacturer's installation instructions and this code. Manufacturer's installation instructions shall be available on the job site at the time of inspection.

1101.2 Factory-built equipment and appliances. Listed and labeled self-contained, factory-built equipment and appliances shall be tested in accordance with UL 207, 412, 471 or 1995. Such equipment and appliances are deemed to meet the design, manufacture and factory test requirements of this code if installed in accordance with their listing and the manufacturer's installation instructions.

The aftermarket controls and devices that force the comfort-cooling unit to cool to a lower temperature it was designed for is not in compliance with the manufacturer's installation instructions.

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.

Board News

June 9, 2016

As of June 1st, the board office has been relocated from its former address of 889 US Hwy 70 W, Garner, NC, 27529. The new office is located in Hartwell Plaza. The office's new physical address is:

        1027 US 70 Hwy W, Suite 221

        Garner, NC 27529

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Spring 2016 Legislative Update

March, 11 2016

In 2013, at the direction of the General Assembly, the Program Evaluation Division (PED) staff conducted an analysis of our state’s approximately 55 occupational licensing boards. The report recommended to the Joint Legislative Administrative Oversight Committee (APO), that the General Assembly consider abolishing 12 licensing boards and consolidating 10 licensing boards. Unfortunately, the Refrigeration Licensing Board is one of the 12 recommended for further study of its continued existence. Since the release of the report, throughout 2014 and 2015, the Occupational Licensing Board Subcommittee of the APO has held meetings and occasionally heard presentations by occupational licensing representatives and other interested parties on the report’s recommendations.

There have been several APO and Subcommittee meetings in 2016. State statutes bar the use of-board funds to “promote or oppose” legislation, but, like other boards, the Refrigeration Board and its licensees can, as citizens, answer questions, correct is information and assist policy makers to make better informed decisions about these important matters.

As the Subcommittees’ agendas and focus evolves over the coming months, licensed refrigeration contractors who are aware of this review believe it is important for other license holders to contact legislators, especially any they may personally know, to answer any questions they might have of about the importance to the public of continuing to require licensure of refrigeration contractors who work with materials and equipment which can be harmful if not properly handled. It is imperative that our legislators understand the potential harm to the public if the Board is eliminated.

Points for discussion could include:

Board Member Retires

March 4, 2016

The board would like to give a huge thank you to Leonard Lynch for his many years of service and significant contributions to the Refrigeration Industry. Mr. Lynch served on the board from 2012 to 2015 under Governors Beverly Purdue and Patrick McCrory.

Leonard Lynch

Board Chairman Zeke Smith (right) presents former board member Leonard Lynch with a certificate of appreciation.