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.

Course will be replaced

Please note: This course will change in the near future and alterations to the structure will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

You can enrol throughout the year

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

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery.

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

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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


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.


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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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 with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments.

Full FeeApprenticeship ConcessionApprenticeship Gov Subsidised
Tuition Fee$18,746$832$4,158
Service Fee$513$513$513
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83$83
Material Fee$864$864$864
Retain Course Items$432$432$432
Total Course Estimate$20,638$2,724$6,050
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$7,015$1,136$2,245

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2022 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 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.

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