IIAR Ammonia Refrigeration Management (ARM) Certificate Program     
It is anticipated that course participants will become familiar with the IIAR Ammonia Refrigeration Management (ARM) Program and be able to apply those guidelines to a safely operated refrigeration system. 

This course is intended to serve as continuing education for industrial refrigeration professionals whose job responsibilities include maintaining a safe work environment and/or ensuring compliance with the OSHA and EPA General Duty Clauses. This intended audience would include safety coordinators/managers/specialists, PSM coordinators, compliance service specialists, compliance auditors, as well as other employees who focus on employee safety, facility safety, and/or regulatory compliance.

Ammonia Refrigeration Management (ARM) Certificate Course

Course Syllabus

Module 1 - General Duty Clauses, Overview, & Management System

This module reviews the applicability of IIAR's ARM Program in relation to OSHA's and EPA's General Duty Clauses (GDCs). The lesson continues with a look at both General Duty Clauses and describes how implementing an ARM Program can assist employer's with complying with the GDCs. The lesson also offers an overview of the twelve (12) ARM program elements, as well as a discussion about of the first element: Management System.


Module 2 - Refrigeration System Documentation

Module 2 discusses the purpose of the ARM Program’s refrigeration system documentation, as well as the employer’s responsibilities for obtaining and maintaining this documentation. The module expands on which documentation should be part of the ARM program, and describes each, providing practical examples presented in the ARM templates document. 

Module 3 - Hazard Review

This module examines the necessary steps for developing and documenting a Hazard Review Plan, as well as the specific responsibilities under this plan. It also provides an overview of the different methodologies that can be utilized to conduct the hazard review study, as well as a detailed procedure for performing one. 

Module 4 - Operating Procedures & Preventive Maintenance Program

Module 4 is divided into two parts. Part 1 examines the purpose and objectives of system operating procedures and presents simple steps for developing them. Examples of Operating Procedures and recommendations for documenting and reviewing the Operating Procedures are also provided. The second part of this module covers the purpose of a Preventive Maintenance (PM) program as well as the necessary elements of an effective program. 

Module 5 - Personnel Training Program & Contractor Program

Module 5 is also divided into two parts. The first part of the module focuses on the purpose and scope of the operators and maintenance Personnel Training Program. We’ll review some simple steps for developing an effective Training Program for all personnel involved in operating and maintaining the system, as well as how to measure competency to ensure safety. The second part of Module 5 discusses the purpose and applicability of a Contractor Program. 

Module 6 - Self Audits & Incident Investigation

Module 6 covers the Self Audit and Incident Investigations Elements of the ARM Program. We begin with the Self Audit element of the program and explain the steps for conducting a Self-Audit. The second part of this module focuses on Incident Investigations and describes the procedures to follow when investigating an incident. Templates and forms will be introduced that can be used when conducting Self Audits and Incident Investigations. 

Module 7 - Emergency Planning and Response

This module examines perhaps the most important element of the ARM Program: Emergency Planning and Response. We start off by detailing the scope of these activities and the actions that facility personnel are expected to take during an emergency. We will also touch on U.S. regulatory requirements for Emergency Planning and Response. Required steps for developing an Emergency Action/Response Plan will be reviewed, as will the differences between an “offensive” and a “defensive” emergency response. 

Module 8 - Hazard Assessment & Managing Change

Module 8 presents the Hazard Assessment Element of the Program and discusses discuss the procedures on for conducting an effective Assessment. Determination of ‘likely’ scenarios and Off-Site environmental impacts will also be discussed in Module 8. wraps up with procedures for managing changes to the program and/or system, and the responsibilities that must be covered in a comprehensive Change Management Plan.

Final Certificate Examination will be administered on dates and locations, TBD. The final exam will also be administered online. Qualified registrants MUST have paid their Certificate Course tuition and MUST have successfully completed the Module 1-8 Quick Check Quizzes (at least 80% correct on all eight quizzes).

Member Price: $795.00
Non-Member Price: $1,590.00
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How It Works
The ARM Certificate Course includes eight training sessions, each approximately 60 minutes long, delivered as a PowerPoint presentation with lecture. At the end of each module, there will be questions to check comprehension of the material. After comprehension of material is demonstrated via successful completion of the short “Quick Check” quiz, you can move on to the next module. To receive a certificate of completion, participants will be required to pass a comprehensive final course examination.

Course Requisites
We recommend these minimum requirements for individuals interested in participating in this program:

  • General knowledge of the physical properties of ammonia
  • Working knowledge of equipment that may be employed in operational closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration systems
  • Familiarity with operation and maintenance of a closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration system

Learning Objectives
After completing this program, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and scope of the Ammonia Refrigeration Program
  • List the elements of the Ammonia Refrigeration Program
  • Summarize the responsibilities assigned in the OSHA and EPA General Duty Clauses
  • Exercise professional judgement in evaluating and implementing the 12 elements that comprise the Ammonia Refrigeration Program.

The IIAR Academy of Natural Refrigerants is a long-term education program created to address the need for competent professionals in natural refrigeration system design, safety and maintenance. The objective of the academy is to address the technical training needs of end users, design build contractors, equipment manufacturers and consulting engineering sectors of the IIAR membership. As industry codes and regulations change and evolve, the need for competent refrigeration professionals will continue to expand.   

IIAR Certificate Courses are based on ASTM standards and allow design engineers, installers and responsible parties to show that they have received documented and standardized instruction regarding design and operation of ammonia-based refrigeration systems, and/or the current regulatory environment within the industry.