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Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration


Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration UEE32211

Course Overview

The Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic.

You'll learn to select components, install, set up, test, repair, and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment. On a day-to-day basis, you might work with domestic or commercial equipment used for food storage and preservation, air conditioning, and air distribution.

You'll also gain knowledge of the regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2022 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Electrotechnology industry as an Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic.

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in:

  • UEE42911 Certificate IV in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Systems
  • UEE42711 Certificate IV in Air-Conditional and Refrigeration Servicing

Course Dates & Times

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Apprenticeship - Open from 21st February / 2022

1. Subsidised Apprentice
2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession)
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2022 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of 3 different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    1. an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    2. an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    3. ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) - contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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This course is in transition. The course code, title, units, and content may change in the future. Further information will be provided upon enrolment, or during the course of your training.

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

All applicants will:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007)before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.
  • Please apply through an Apprenticeship Network Provider with your employer to organise your apprenticeship contract before applying for this course.

Applicants for this course must be Air Conditioning/Refrigeration apprentices in a current apprenticeship contract, supervised by Qualified Air Conditioning/Refrigeration tradespersons in the workplace.

Applicants seeking apprenticeships as Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration mechanics are generally reasonably fit and have a good command of English and Maths.

Core Units
Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
Solve problems in ELV single path circuits
Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems
Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories
Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment
Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants
Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls
Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components
Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems
Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning systems
Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits
Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
Disconnect / reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring
Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures
Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 volt supply
Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 Va.c. or 1500 Vd.c. supply
Elective Units
Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
Use computer applications relevant to a workplace
Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for hydrocarbon refrigerants
Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant
Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for carbon dioxide refrigerant

A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration

Leonard Redfern

Attendance is 8 blocks per year for Year 1-3. Two blocks only in year 4 Each block is generally one week ( 5 days).

This course is delivered as an apprenticeship with a component of on-the-job learning over a 4-year apprenticeship contract.

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

This course is competency-based and employer verification is required.

You are required to attend all classes where possible to and will have access to a trainer outside of class times if required.

You will need to:

  • supply your own basic stationary and a scientific calculator.
  • wear non-flammable sleeved shirts and pants.
  • wear covered in safety shoes or boots.

Textbooks and Standards will be supplied.

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Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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