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RETA Certification Exams

Lanier Technical College is a RETA Network Testing Center for the CIRO, CARO, and CRES exams. These exams are optional and are only given after the Operator I, Operator II and the Operator Refresher classes. Beginning January 1, 2018 these exams will start at 3:00 PM on Thursday following the Operator I, Operator II and the Operator Refresher classes.

Testers: Please contact Dan Reisinger at RETA at least 2 weeks prior to test date for test application and scheduling.
Phone: 1-844-801-3711 or 541-497-2955, fax: 541-497-2966 / Email:

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About Us

What is Ammonia Refrigeration?

The act of refrigeration changes a liquid into a gas, causing it to absorb heat in the process. The heat is then transferred away from the storage facility. Ammonia is a popular liquid used in this process. Industries use it to chill everything from produce, seafood and poultry to petrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Education Excellence – Est. 1999

Lanier Technical College is home to Georgia's only ammonia refrigeration program, one of only a few in the country. The program started in 1999 as a collaborative effort with Lanier Technical College, the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and two trade organizations - the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) and the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) - joining forces to launch this innovative training program. The Georgia Traditional Industries Program's Food Processing Advisory Council (better known as FoodPAC) provided $350,000 in seed money for Georgia Tech to develop a refrigeration training program. Additional funding was provided by industry sponsors and the Technical College System of Georgia.

The result is a $2 million, 5,000-square-foot training facility located on Lanier Technical College Oakwood campus that includes a state-of-the-art laboratory. The lab, which features three different refrigeration systems comparable to those found in industry, is critical to reinforce classroom lessons and teach troubleshooting skills. Courses focus on safety, operation, and maintenance as well as technical and economic issues. In the lab, a system can be purposely misadjusted so students see the repercussions. Our students are always highly complementary of this hands-on live system approach to training. Student evaluations always indicate the high value to their career.

Indeed, industry support toward the construction of the program's $2 million facility underscores the need for ammonia refrigeration training. For every $1 coming from government coffers, industry sponsors contributed $3.

Also, the program draws students from beyond Georgia's borders. A number of large companies with plants across the country have corporate contracts with Lanier Technical College. In fact, over 60 percent of Ammonia Refrigeration students come from 49 other states as well as Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.

Beginning in 2006, Lanier Technical College has co-hosted an annual "Ammonia Safety Day" with our local Atlanta RETA Chapter and Ammonia Safety Training Institute (ASTI). Among educational events, HazMat responders conducted a live-release drill and demonstrated proper emergency procedures.

In June 2009, Lanier Technical College allied with the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) to become the Official IARW-WFLO Ammonia Refrigeration Training Program!

The Ammonia for Non-Operators course at Lanier Tech remains a complementary add-on to the curriculum for first year students of the WFLO Institute. The WFLO Institute is an industry-specific program for public refrigerated warehousing (PRW) professionals offering more than 40 classes taught by leading experts in the refrigerated warehousing industry.

Lanier Technical College offers several courses related to Ammonia Refrigeration, which train workers to operate and maintain an ammonia refrigeration system and how to respond if the system malfunctions.

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