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August 1, 2017
The Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association completed our two-part series on the upcoming Air-Conditioning mandate that becomes effective on January 1, 2018. Our meeting was called to order by our President, Chris Shepherd, and Collision Instructor for Caddo Career & Technology Center. He led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor for Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning, led us in prayer. Dues are now due. We are offering more benefits with your membership, so make sure your dues are paid. We have 3 ads that need to be sold, and had 9 renewals from our sponsors. Thanks to our sponsors. Be sure to continue to use them for your needs, as they sponsor your LOCAL collision association. I-CAR is making their classes a more "hands-on" format. They are also holding classes to a 3-student minimum. If the class doesn't have at least 3 students, the class will be cancelled, so make sure you book early to ensure the class will have the necessary number of students. Chris also discussed a case involving a roof that wasn't repaired per OEM guidelines. To read about that case, click here.
We have some new benefits for members in good standing (dues current). We now have a Jobs Board on our website, www.nwlcra.org. Members can register for a new account and post as many job openings as they want. They can leave the job postings online for as long as they are members in good standing. This benefit is free for our members. Anyone can post a job on our website, but the cost is $99.00 for a 60-day posting. A better value is to become a member for $50.00 per year, and post as many jobs as you want for as long as you are a member of the NWLCRA in good standing. Mike Odom with Holmes Honda asked if we could have a classified section on our website where members could put parts they have for sale. This would also be free for members to use. If you think this is a good idea, we can work with Software Works Consulting to make it happen.
Our topic for the last two meetings has been the upcoming air-conditioning mandate. This mandate is the 609 mandate that becomes effective on January 1, 2018. To put in simple terms, it states that a shop will need to have a technician with a certification to buy and install air-conditioning refrigerant. The certified technician will have to provide their certification number to the facility selling the refrigerant. The shop selling the refrigerant will have to keep that number on file for three years. To read more about this mandate, click here or go to https://escogroup.org/training/epa609.aspx. This site offers a Manual and testing to obtain certification. The cost is $20.00 to take the test on the ESCO group website. Chris added that if enough shops wanted to get technicians certified, we can set up a time where everyone needing to get certified could meet at the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning to take the necessary online course and test. To take the test, a Proctor is necessary. Those interested should contact Bill Burnside with FinishMasters, and our Secretary-Treasurer. For more websites that offer training, visit the EPA's website on this 609 mandate by clicking here, or go to https://www.epa.gov/mvac/section-609-technician-training-and-certification-programs.
Thanks to everyone that attended our meeting.
Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association
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