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Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration


Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration – UEE32211

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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.

This course is delivered as an Apprenticeship.

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.

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 the UEE42911 Certificate IV in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Systems or UEE42711 Certificate IV in Air-Conditional and Refrigeration Servicing.

Course Dates & Times

Currently there are no upcoming sessions available for this course. To register your interest in this course, click the "Register Your Interest" button at the top of this page.

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

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2020 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, 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.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
All applicants will:

  • Need to complete a Pre-training review.
  • Need to complete a language, literacy and numeracy activity to provide staff with an indication of existing levels of capability.

Preferred acceptance through an Australian Apprenticeship pathway. Applicants to be employed as an apprentice or be able to demonstrate experience in the trade.

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 Syst
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. Su
Elective Units
Work safely in the construction industry
Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Provide first aid
Use Computer Applications Relevant To A Workplace
Apply Safety Awareness And Legal Requirements For Hydrocarbon Refrigerants
Service And Repair Self Contained Hydrocarbon Air Conditioning And Refrigeration Systems
Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant
Apply Safety Awareness And Legal Requirements For Carbon Dioxide Refrigerant
Disconnect - reconnect water heaters connected to low voltage installation wiring
Disconnect - reconnect motors connected to low voltage installation wiring

A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration

Students commencing in this course are selected by an employer and have entered into an Apprenticeship agreement with that employer and an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider (A.A.S.N.) prior to enrolling with GOTAFE.

Name: Ben Lindsey
Location: Wangaratta

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.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

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.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

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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