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Proposed new refrigeration qualification

The Electrotechnology IRC is finalising a Case for Change for the development of a Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Certificate IV in Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning to meet the current and future skill needs of the industry.

It is intended that the new Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning will cover the essential knowledge and skills required by all refrigeration and air conditioning technicians, irrespective of their area of specialisation. That is, the units will cover the common skills required to install, commission, test, fault find, repair, replace components and maintain refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment. The new Certificate IV in Advanced Refrigeration and Air Conditioning qualification will address higher-level, post-trade requirements.

The Case for Change also contains information about the development of two Units of Competency for the following:

Handling A2 Flammable Refrigerants

This unit will enable existing qualified refrigeration and air conditioning technicians to gain additional knowledge and skills to safely and effectively handle these new lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants.

Recover refrigerant from stationary self-contained end of life decommissioned equipment

This unit will enable workers in waste and recycling organisations to gain the required knowledge and skills to safely and effectively recover non-flammable and flammable refrigerants from stationary self-contained end of life decommissioned refrigeration and air conditioning equipment using appropriate tools and equipment.

The draft Case for Change will be made available for public consultation. All feedback will be considered by the Electrotechnology IRC. Once the Case for Change is finalised it will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for their consideration.