Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning - MEM31319

Outsource Institute (AUS)

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 03713J

This qualification defines the skills and knowledge required of a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) tradesperson within metal, engineering, manufacturing and associated industries. The qualification has been specifically developed for apprentices in the above trade. The qualification packaging has been developed on an assumption that competency will be developed through a combination of on and off-the-job learning strategies such as those delivered through a formal apprenticeship. The qualification may also be achieved through formal skills recognition assessment processes.The skills associated with this qualification are intended to apply to a wide range HVAC/R work, including assembling, installing, maintaining and repairing industrial, commercial and domestic air conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.This qualification is designed to provide an industry recognised skills profile related to trade work as a refrigeration and air conditioning tradesperson. Skills development should be undertaken through an Australian Apprenticeship arrangement where the mix of on and off-the-job training would be specified in the Training Plan associated with the Contract of Training between the employer and apprentice.Assessment of some units of competency must, where indicated, include evidence of the candidate's performance in a functioning workplace where there is a sufficient range of appropriate tasks and materials to cover the scope of application of those units. All outcomes must reflect the standard of performance inherent in the job.The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 and the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Gas Management Regulations 1995 apply to this qualification which incorporates national refrigerant handling licences and refrigerant trading authorisations. Refer to the Australian Refrigeration Council website for required units of competency to meet the refrigerant handling licence requirements. Licensing and regulatory information is included in the relevant units of competence.


  • Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems
  • Service and repair domestic and light commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment
  • Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
  • Perform inspection
  • Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment over 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
  • Install, service and repair domestic air conditioning and refrigeration appliances
  • Perform basic statistical quality control
  • Maintain and repair commercial and/or industrial refrigeration and/or air conditioning controls
  • Erect/dismantle scaffolding and equipment
  • Perform operational maintenance of machines/equipment
  • Maintain and repair multistage, cascade and/or ultra-cold industrial refrigeration systems
  • Plan work activities
  • Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
  • Operate as a team member to conduct manufacturing, engineering or related activities
  • Terminate and connect electrical wiring
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Operate mobile load shifting equipment
  • Order materials
  • Perform precision fitting of engineering components
  • Operate and monitor machine and process
  • Prepare basic engineering drawing
  • Handle fluorocarbon refrigerants according to regulations
  • Use workshop machines for basic operations
  • Install refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment
  • Undertake work health and safety activities in the workplace
  • Maintain and repair industrial refrigeration systems and components
  • Pick and process order
  • Maintain and repair integrated industrial refrigeration and/or large air handling system controls
  • Carry out mechanical cutting
  • Operate in a self-directed team
  • Perform precision levelling and alignment of machines and engineering components
  • Install pipework and pipework assemblies
  • Fault find and repair electrical equipment/components up to 250 volts single phase supply
  • Fault find and repair electrical equipment/components up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
  • Install and test electrical wiring and circuits up to 1000 volts a.c. and 1500 volts d.c.
  • Perform emergency first aid
  • Apply basic engineering design concepts
  • Maintain, repair/replace and adjust refrigerant flow controls and associated equipment
  • Perform soft soldering
  • Use hand tools
  • Perform routine manual metal arc welding
  • Fault find and repair/rectify complex electrical circuits
  • Commission and decommission split air conditioning systems
  • Enter and change programmable controller operational parameters
  • Maintain and repair central air handling systems
  • Perform routine gas metal arc welding
  • Perform computations
  • Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
  • Use tools for precision work
  • Perform electrical/electronic measurement
  • Perform internal/external customer service
  • Perform manual soldering/desoldering – electrical/electronic components
  • Operate fixed/moveable load shifting equipment
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Install split air conditioning systems and associated pipework
  • Undertake manual handling
  • Terminate and connect specialist cables
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Perform precision electrical/electronic measurement
  • Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
  • Maintain and repair cooling towers/evaporative condensers and associated equipment
  • Maintain water treatment systems for cooling towers
  • Commission programmable controller programs
  • Maintain and repair commercial air conditioning systems and components
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Fault find and repair/rectify basic electrical circuits
  • Handle/move bulk fluids/gases
  • Service and repair commercial refrigeration

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Brisbane Technology Park No
Custom Fluid Power Brisbane No
Custom Fluid Power Mackay No
Custom Fluid Power Newcastle No
Custom Fluid Power Perth No

Fee comments

Campuses: Brisbane Technology Park, Custom Fluid Power Brisbane, Custom Fluid Power Mackay, Custom Fluid Power Newcastle, Custom Fluid Power Perth.

Fees can vary depending on if the course is taken online only or with other specifications. Payment Plans are available to help with the fees. These fees can be spread across 6 or 12 month instalments, as opposed to a lump sum payment.

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