About the course

About the course

If you are a plumber or electrician who wants to up-skill to apply for a refrigerant handling licence then this is the course for you.

Our course in split air-conditioning and heat pump systems will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to apply for the licence issued by the Australian Refrigeration Council. Under the leadership of current industry professionals you will learn how to:

  • install and disconnect both split air-conditioning and water heating pump systems
  • work with refrigerant tubing and fittings to position, assemble and start up

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Enrol throughout the year.  

Part time: 5 weeks (1 day a week plus 3 months to complete a supervised workplace installation) (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

May lead to employment as an ARC licensed to install, commission and decommission split air conditioning systems up to 18kw.

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Entry Requirements

You must have a trade background in electrotechnology or an associated industry. You are required to have a basic understanding of the correct use of hand tools and safety equipment required to conduct installation and testing of air conditioning equipment.

You need to be currently associated with the trade, as a supervisor will be required for you to obtain a trainee refrigerant handling licence for the final assessment in the workplace (install a Split Air Conditioning System).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Applicants will be required to provide evidence of previous study and/or industry experience, skills and knowledge for these units.

These units are assessed via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After completion and currently employed with a trade employer you may wish to apply into the UEE32211 - Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning. You'll also be able to apply for Class 2 - Class 1 disconnect/reconnect/fault finding licence and a full refrigerant handling licence.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 2

Fees & Finance Options

Full Fee
Tuition Fee$2,790
Service Fee$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80
Material Fee$288
Retain Course Items$0
Total Course Estimate$3,318
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$3,318

* Does not apply to VETDSS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETDSS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Student tuition & materials fees published are indicative, and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

Delivery of 5 units over 5 consecutive Fridays.

Assessment of remaining 6 units by Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Completion of supervised workplace installation.

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