Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration


Course Length

Part time:

4 years


Subsidised Apprentice:


Subsidised Apprentice (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):



Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus


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.

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:

  • 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 22nd February / 2021

Apprenticeship - Open from 21st February / 2022

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Apprentice: $3,780.00

2. Subsidised Apprentice (Concession): $756.00

3. Full Fee: $7,128.00

Course Materials: $1,998.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2021 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

Entry Requirements

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

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

All applicants will:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully.
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • 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.

Course Study Units

Core Units
UEENEEC025B - Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
UEENEEE101A - Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEE102A - Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEENEEE103A - Solve problems in ELV single path circuits
UEENEEE105A - Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEENEEE107A - Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEENEEE137A - Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
UEENEEJ102A - Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
UEENEEJ103A - Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
UEENEEJ104A - Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems
UEENEEJ106A - Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories
UEENEEJ107A - Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment
UEENEEJ108A - Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants
UEENEEJ109A - Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
UEENEEJ110A - Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls
UEENEEJ111A - Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components
UEENEEJ113A - Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems
UEENEEJ153A - Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning systems
UEENEEJ170A - Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
UEENEEJ194A - Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits
UEENEEK142A - Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEENEEP012A - Disconnect / reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring
UEENEEP017A - Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures
UEENEEP024A - Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 volt supply
UEENEEP025A - Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 Va.c. or 1500 Vd.c. supply
Elective Units
CPCCOHS1001A - Work safely in the construction industry
HLTAID001 - Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
UEENEED101A - Use computer applications relevant to a workplace
UEENEEJ174A - Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for hydrocarbon refrigerants
UEENEEJ178A - Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant
UEENEEJ184A - Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for carbon dioxide refrigerant

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessments can be undertaken, including:

  • Knowledge tests
  • Projects
  • Work observation evidence
  • Demonstration

Course Co-ordinator

Allan McLean

Attendance & Commitment

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.

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.

Learning support

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.

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Student Support

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.

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Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

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Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

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Learner's Rights

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

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.