About the course

About the course

Gain a solid foundation in all aspects of the refrigeration and air conditioning industries. Our air conditioning and refrigeration apprenticeship will provide you with practical experiences in the industry and you’ll learn from current industry professionals:

  • to work safely in the construction industry and carry out Workplace Health and Safety requirements
  • to provide first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • to use air conditioning and refrigeration tools, electrical wiring and equipment of the trade
  • to understand drawings and specifications
  • to identify and handle various refrigerants
  • to service and repair cooling systems
  • to install and maintain refrigeration and air conditioning piping and tubing, electrical apparatus and circuits
  • to maintain documentation
  • to source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • to provide quotations for installation or service jobs and to deliver a service to customers.

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Intake Dates & Course Length


You can enrol throughout the year

Full time: 3 years plus a year on the job (4 years in total)

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Career Outcomes


On successful completion of this apprenticeship, you may wish to apply for employment opportunities within the refrigeration and air-conditioning industries as a licensed refrigeration mechanic.

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Entry Requirements


You must be at least 15 years of age

Industry gives preference to students who have completed Year 11 and show an ability to cope with mathematics and science

APPRENTICESHIP ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

To apply for this course, you must also be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider and have a training contract with an employer. 

We can provide information and support on how to apply for an apprenticeship with an employer listed by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider. Contact the Skills & Jobs Centre on (03) 8892 1350 or email sajc.elgar@boxhill.edu.au.

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

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.

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Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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Pathways & Accreditation


After completion, you may like to add to, or expand your knowledge base into other areas of specialisation. You may wish to apply into the Diploma of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning. You'll also be able to apply for Class 2 - Class 1 disconnect/reconnect/fault finding licence, a full refrigerant handling licence and a construction induction card (white card).

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 3

Fees & Finance Options


This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Apprentice Gov. Subsidised $1,260.00
Apprentice Concession $252.00
Full Tuition Fee $5,940.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$288.00
Retain Course Items***$322.08
* 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).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 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


Completion of 25 core units plus elective units.

  • UEENEEC025B PARTICIPATE IN REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING WORK AND COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers the application of industry/enterprise policies in actively participating in work activities and in one’s own competency development. It complies with established industry/enterprise procedures regarding how work is conducted, understanding responsibilities and obligations under competency development plan, following activities for developing competency, self-monitoring competency development and meeting trainee obligations for periodic reporting of competency development activities.

  • UEENEEJ108A RECOVER, PRESSURE TEST, EVACUATE, CHARGE AND LEAK TEST REFRIGERANTS
    60.0 hours

    This unit covers recovery, pressure testing, evacuating, charging and leak testing recovery of refrigerants and lubricants from refrigeration systems and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, following regulations and industry practices for handling refrigerants and lubricants, and completing the necessary documentation.

  • UEENEEJ107A INSTALL AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS, MAJOR COMPONENTS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
    80.0 hours

    This unit covers the installation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems including unitary equipment, compressors, condensers, evaporators, liquid receivers, , pipework, ventilation and air handling (excluding central plant) and associated equipment. It encompasses working safely and to installation standards to match equipment with that specified for a given specification and location, connecting pipe work and components, and complete the necessary installation documentation.

  • UEENEEJ111A DIAGNOSE AND RECTIFY FAULTS IN AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers diagnosing, repairing faults and replacing faulty components in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, components, interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1,000 V a.c. It encompasses working safely, reading electrical circuit diagrams, refrigeration, hydronic and air distribution system diagrams and manufacturers reference material, sketching diagrams from traced wiring and piping systems, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs, replacing components and completing the necessary service documentation.

  • UEENEEJ110A SELECT REFRIGERANT PIPING, ACCESSORIES AND ASSOCIATED CONTROLS
    60.0 hours

    This unit covers the selection of refrigerant piping, accessories and controls for refrigeration and air conditioning installations to comply with regulations, standards and specifications. It encompasses developing refrigerant pipe work arrangements, selecting pipe work and fittings, refrigerant flow controls and accessories, and mechanical and electrical control devices based on specifications, standards and manufacturer catalogues to determine calculated and deemed to comply solutions and documenting all selection information.

  • UEENEEJ113A COMMISSION AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers commissioning of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards to commission the whole system and includes pre-commissioning tests, starting up the system, optimizing the refrigerant charge, basic air and water balancing and adjustment, checking and adjusting components and controls to ensure its efficient and balanced operation, and completing commissioning documentation.

  • UEENEEJ170A DIAGNOSE AND RECTIFY FAULTS IN AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION CONTROL SYSTEMS
    70.0 hours

    This unit covers diagnosing, repairing faults and replacing faulty components in refrigeration and air conditioning control systems, components, interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1000 V a.c. It encompasses working safely, reading circuit diagrams, system diagrams and manufacturers reference material, sketching diagrams from traced wiring, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs, replacing components and completing the necessary service documentation.

  • UEENEEJ106A INSTALL REFRIGERANT PIPE WORK, FLOW CONTROLS AND ACCESSORIES
    60.0 hours

    This unit covers the installation, in buildings and premises, of refrigerant piping/tubing, fittings, flow controlsand accessories for refrigeration and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to installation standards, routing pipe work to specified locations, connecting components and accessories and documenting installation work.

  • UEENEEJ109A VERIFY FUNCTIONALITY AND COMPLIANCE OF REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATIONS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers testing and visual inspection for verifying that a refrigeration and air conditioning system and components are safe, comply with requirements and functions as intended. It encompasses working safely, conducting compliance tests, conducting visual inspections, identifying non-compliance defects and mandatory reporting requirements.

  • UEENEEJ180A INSTALL AND COMMISSION AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS, COMPONENTS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers specialised procedures for the installation and commissioning of refrigeration equipment using Ammonia as the refrigerant. It reinforces safe working practice and encompasses applying specialised knowledge of refrigeration principles that apply to Ammonia, interpreting plans and specifications, project management principles, supervision of installation, commissioning and completing the necessary commissioning documentation.

  • UEENEEJ182A REPAIR AND SERVICE SECONDARY REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers maintaining the effective and efficient operation of refrigeration equipment using non phase changing secondary refrigerant systems. It reinforces safe working practice, utilises service manuals, encompasses applying specialised knowledge of refrigeration principles to test and perform maintenance operations to these systems and to locate defective components and repair faults, completing reports on service and performance outcomes.

  • UEENEEJ185A REPAIR AND SERVICE CARBON DIOXIDE REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers specialised procedures for servicing and repairs to achieve the effective and efficient operation of refrigeration equipment using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a refrigerant excluding self contained systems. It reinforces safe working practice and encompasses applying specialised knowledge of refrigeration principles that apply to carbon dioxide, following service manuals, testing, locating and rectifying faults and defective components and completing the necessary service documentation.

  • UEENEEJ114A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN HYDRONIC SYSTEMS
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in hydronic systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and resolving problems in hydronic systems, using effective problem solving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEJ119A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN ICE MAKING SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in ice making systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and operation of ice making systems, using effective problem resolving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEJ176A INSTALL AND COMMISSION HYDROCARBON REFRIGERANT SYSTEMS, COMPONENTS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers specialised procedures for the installation and commissioning of refrigeration equipment using Hydrocarbon as the refrigerant. It encompasses working safely and to installation standards matching equipment, location, components and piping to given specifications. After installation, to commission the complete system including: pre commissioning tests, starting the system, ensuring correct refrigerant charge, basic air or water balancing, adjusting components and controls to efficient operation. Completing all necessary installation and commissioning documentation.

  • UEENEEJ179A REPAIR AND SERVICE AMMONIA REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers specialised procedures for servicing and repairs to achieve the effective and efficient operation of refrigeration equipment using Ammonia as the refrigerant. It reinforces safe working practice and encompasses applying specialised knowledge of refrigeration principles that apply to Ammonia, following service manuals, testing, locating and rectifying faults and defective components and completing the necessary service documentation.

  • UEENEEJ115A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN BEVERAGE DISPENSERS
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in beverage dispensers. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and operation of beverage dispensers, using effective problem resolving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEJ117A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN ULTRA-LOW TEMPERATURE REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in ultra-low temperature refrigeration systems, including compound and cascade systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and operation of ultra-low temperature refrigeration systems, using effective problem resolving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEJ167A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN CENTRAL PLANT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
    40.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in central plant air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and operation of central plant systems, using effective problem solving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEJ168A MAINTAIN MICROBIAL CONTROL OF REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers the quality assurance and risk management compliance processes for maintenance of the air and water systems associated with refrigeration and air conditioning. It encompasses working safely and to technical, quality and risk management standards, work specifications and maintenance schedules, sample inspections, evaluating components and completing the necessary maintenance documentation.

  • UEENEEJ178A APPLY SAFETY AWARENESS AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR AMMONIA REFRIGERANT
    10.0 hours

    This unit covers the safety and legal requirements to handle, use and store Ammonia refrigerant. All safety aspects are covered to Australian and International standards. Legal requirements are covered at local, State&National level.

  • UEENEEJ186A INSTALL AND COMMISSION CARBON DIOXIDE REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS, COMPONENTS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers specialised procedures for the installation and commissioning to achieve effective and efficient operation of refrigeration equipment using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a refrigerant excluding self contained systems. It reinforces safe working practice and encompasses applying specialised knowledge of refrigeration principles that apply to carbon dioxide, following design specifications, testing, locating and rectifying faults and defective components and completing the necessary installation and commissioning documentation.

  • UEENEEJ116A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN TRANSPORT REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in transport refrigeration systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and operation of transport refrigeration systems, using effective problem solving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEJ166A RESOLVE PROBLEMS IN DAIRY REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
    20.0 hours

    This unit covers resolving problems in dairy refrigeration systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, applying knowledge of the components and operation of dairy refrigeration systems, using effective problem resolving techniques and documenting solutions.

  • UEENEEI150A DEVELOP, ENTER AND VERIFY DISCRETE CONTROL PROGRAMS FOR PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS
    60.0 hours

    This unit covers development, installation and testing of programs for programmable controllers (PLC) for a system requiring discrete control functions. It encompasses working safely, applying knowledge of control systems, control system development methods, using ladder diagrams/statement list/function block diagram instruction sets, following written instructions and documenting program development and testing activities.


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