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
We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.
This course prepares you to work in the Electrotechnology industry as an Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic.
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
Detailed Fee Information
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:
- 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:
- an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
- ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs.
- Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions.
- 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.
Learn more about fees, charges, refunds and payment options
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.
Course Study Units
A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:
- Knowledge tests
- Work observation evidence
Attendance & Commitment
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.
Educational Support Services
As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.
A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.
Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.
Jobs and study options
Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.
Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.
Support for personal issues
We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.
Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.
We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.
Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
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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