C3295 - Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

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Plan: C3295R - Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration
Qualification national code: UEE32211
Nominal hours: 1080
Career: TAFE
Duration: Up to 4 years part-time
Location: City Campus or Off campus at worksite
Owning school: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (174T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/vocational-engineering-health-and-sciences/
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Purpose of the Program

This qualification provides competencies to select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises. It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants.

You will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities , identify OH&S hazards and risks and document control measure
  • Apply to your work functions
    • environmentally and sustainable energy procedures
    • fixing, securing, mounting , basic fitting and fabrication techniques
    • known solutions to predictable problems in single path circuits operated at extra-low voltage
    • use of drawings, diagrams, cable schedules, standards, codes and specifications
  • Carry out basic connections of refrigeration and air conditioning piping/tubing and fittings, and determine the operating conditions of vapour compression and air conditioning systems
  • Install
    • refrigerant piping/tubing, fittings, flow controls and accessories for refrigeration and air conditioning systems in buildings and premises
    • refrigeration and air conditioning systems including unitary equipment, compressors, condensers, evaporators, liquid receivers, , pipework, ventilation and air handling (excluding central plant) and associated equipment
  •  Test and visually inspect refrigeration and air conditioning system and components for safety, comply with requirements and functions as intended
  • Select refrigerant piping, accessories and controls for refrigeration and air conditioning installations to comply with regulations, standards and specifications 
  • Diagnose, repair faults and replace faulty components in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, components, interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1,000 V a.c.
  • Diagnose, repair faults and replace faulty components in refrigeration and air conditioning control systems, components, interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1000 V a.c. 
  • Commission  refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Find and repair faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Disconnect and reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring 
  • Locate and rectify fault(s) in composite appliances intended to operate to a connected supply up to 1,000 volts a.c. or 1,500 volts d.c. 
  • Attach flexible cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to supplies up to 230V a.c 
  • Attaching flexible cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment connected to a supply up to 1,000V a.c. or 1,500V d.c.
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Articulation and pathways

RMIT University recognises and accepts any Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment that are issued by other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Credit will therefore be given for units of competency for which an original official certificate or Statement of Attainment is produced. Students can use this program to articulate into higher level programs

Gaining credit for previous study or experience
RPL and credit transfer are ways that RMIT recognises applicants' skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work; committee responsibilities; family duties, hobbies).
You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Graduates of this program can undertake a post-trade qualification Certificate IV in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration systems to specialise in/gain further skills in diagnosing systemic faults in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, designing and commissioning refrigeration and air-conditioning systems for large scale enterprises.

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Entrance requirements

Students must be an Apprentice under the Australian Apprenticeship Scheme (AAS), be employed in the industry, and be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) prior to enrolment or be employed in the Electrotechnology (Refrigeration / Air-conditioning) industry.

Training Plan required as a Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-conditioning apprentice by the Australian government.

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External accreditation and industry links

Completion of this qualification allows students to be eligible for a full refrigerant handling licence through Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC). Registration fees apply payable to ARC. Refer to ARC website for more information.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

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