Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - UEE32220


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification covers competencies to select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, and air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises. It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants.Competency development activities in this qualification are subject to regulations directly related to licencing. A relevant contract of training through an apprenticeship or relevant employment may be required to enable the application of the required knowledge and skills to on the job work activities and environments.Refrigerant Handling Licence:The achievement of the qualification meets the training components for the full national Refrigerant Handling Licence which is required to work on refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that carries the risk of a fluorocarbon refrigerant being emitted while decanting the refrigerant or manufacturing, installing, commissioning, servicing, maintaining or decommissioning refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Occupational Licence:Additional and/or other conditions may apply in some jurisdictions subject to regulations related to refrigeration/air conditioning work. Practice in the workplace and during training is also subject to work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations.Electrical Occupation Licence:The achievement of this qualification with the core restricted electrical units meet the electrical regulatory requirements for related restricted electrical work in most state/territories. This is required to work on electrical installations which are designed to operate at voltages greater than 50 volt (V) alternating current (a.c.) or 120 V direct current (d.c.).


  • Operate application software packages
  • Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
  • Resolve problems in post-mix refrigeration systems
  • Source and purchase material/parts for installation or service jobs
  • Install and commission carbon dioxide refrigeration systems, components and associated equipment
  • Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
  • Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
  • Recover and charge refrigerants
  • Resolve problems in hydronic systems
  • Repair and service self-contained carbon dioxide refrigeration and heat pump systems
  • Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
  • Install and commission flammable refrigerant air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Resolve problems in ultra-low temperature refrigeration systems
  • Locate and rectify faults in low voltage (LV) electrical equipment using set procedures
  • Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
  • Solve problems in ELV single path circuits
  • Service and repair self-contained flammable refrigerants air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Disconnect - reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring
  • Install, commission, service and maintain medium temperature systems
  • Maintain microbial control of refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Resolve problems in transport refrigeration systems
  • Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant
  • Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • Repair and service carbon dioxide refrigeration systems
  • Install and commission ammonia refrigeration systems, components and associated equipment
  • Deliver a service to customers
  • Resolve problems in ice making systems
  • Resolve problems in beverage dispensers
  • Find and rectify faults in single phase motors and associated controls
  • Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V d.c.
  • Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
  • Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
  • Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
  • Operate ammonia refrigeration plant
  • Repair and service ammonia refrigeration systems
  • Safely handle refrigerants and lubricants
  • Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for carbon dioxide refrigerant
  • Resolve problems in industrial refrigeration systems
  • Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories
  • Perform rescue from a live LV panel
  • Provide quotations for installation or service jobs
  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
  • Maintain documentation
  • Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration and air conditioning circuits
  • Provide first aid
  • Resolve problems in central plant air conditioning systems
  • Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
  • Comply with scheduled and preventative maintenance program processes
  • Install, commission, service and maintain low temperature systems
  • Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
  • Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
  • Resolve problems in dairy refrigeration systems
  • Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
  • Repair and service secondary refrigeration systems
  • Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems
  • Install, commission, service and maintain air conditioning systems
  • Find and rectify faults in three phase motors and associated controls
  • Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for flammable refrigerants
  • Resolve problems in refrigerated beverage vending cabinets

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bathurst College No
  • Full-time : 4 years
Nirimba College No
  • Part-time : 4 years
Port Macquarie Campus No
  • Part-time : 4 years
Tamworth Campus No
  • Part-time : 36 weeks
Ultimo College, Main Campus No
  • Part-time : 3 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Port Macquarie Campus.

**ADDITIONAL RESOURCES**You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:Student workbooks/textbooks to be advised for approximately $450.

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