UEE32220 - Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

This qualification is for indentured apprentices who are currently employed as an apprentice Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician.


Mixed Mode, On-campus, Employer Based (VET Providers Only), RPL/RCC/Credit


There are multiple durations. Please refer to the Course Structure below.



33 units


On completion of the course, students will meet industry requirements for the acquisition of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician qualification. On completion, students may apply for a restricted electrical licence within 12 months.

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.).

This is a nationally recognised accredited course.

Resources will be required upon commencement of training. Find out more.

Standard Course Structure


The delivery is over 4 years face to face delivery and on the job training, as determined by the individual training plan.

Students participating in this course are individuals under a licence to train from the ESO and indentured apprentices completing a four year apprenticeship under a Training Contract between the RTO, Employer and apprentice. The program is delivered in blocks of between 2 weeks and 4 weeks over the duration of the apprenticeship as determined by the individual apprentice Training Plan. The maximum class size is 14. A total of 932 hours is delivered face to face with further on the job training taking place throughout the 4 year apprenticeship.

Needs of the participants and relevant industry were determined by gathering information through the following processes:

Face to face discussions

Reports and other printed documents

Forums and workshops

Industry consultation

ElectroComms and Energy Utilities Industry Skills Council

Duration: The program is delivered to apprentices over a nominal 4-year period as determined by the individual apprentice training plan.

Organisation and Delivery Mode:

The program has been organised to be delivered in a combination of on/off job. This program is organised around key work activities and focuses on industry specific skills. This program is organised to reflect the learning and work activities that take place within an Industrial Site. The application of this knowledge is assessed in other components of the program that focus on specific work activities. eProfiling is required for confirmation of competency.

UEECD0007Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEERE0001Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEECD0016Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
UEECO0010Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
UEECD0019Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEECD0020Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEECD0042Solve problems in ELV single path circuits*
UEECD0051Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEERA0059Prepare and connect refrigeration tubing and fittings
UEERA0036Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
UEERA0035Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems*
UEERA0079Safe handle refrigerants and lubricants
UEERA0062Recover and charge refrigerants
UEERL0001Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
UEERL0002Attach cords ,cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000Vac or 1500Vdc
UEERA0044Find and rectify faults in single phase motors and associated controls*
UEERA0031Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
UEERA0081Select refrigeration piping accessories and associated controls
UEERA0050Install refrigeration pipe work, flow controls and accessories
UEERA0045Find and rectify faults in three phase motors and associated controls*
UEERA0092Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration and air conditioning circuits
UEERL0004Disconnect - reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring
UEERL0005Locate and rectify faults in low voltage (LV) electrical equipment using set procedures
UEERA0051Install, commission, service and maintain air conditioning systems
UEERA0052Install, commission, service and maintain low temperature systems
UEERA0053Install, commission, service and maintain medium temperature systems
UEERA0094Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
UEECD0035Provide basic instruction in the use of electrotechnology apparatus
UEEIC0013Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers
UEERA0007Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for flammable refrigerants
UEERA0084Service and repair self-contained flammable refrigerants air conditioning and refrigeration systems*
HLTAID009Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
UETTDRRF06Perform Rescue from a live LV panel
Apprentices can be accepted throughout the year. Training dates are structured upon intake.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.

Completion of the bksb (Basic Key Skills Builder) online literacy and numeracy assessment prior to enrolment, unless the student has completed an equal or higher level course.

Participants are best equipped to achieve competency in this unit if they have reading, writing and numeracy skills indicated by the following scales. Description of each scale is given in Volume 2, Part 3 ‘Literacy and Numeracy’
Reading 3 Writing 3 Numeracy 3

On completion of the course, students will meet industry requirements for the acquisition of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technician qualification. On completion, students may apply for a restricted electrical licence within 12 months.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.
Fee for service$18,942.00 (2023)
Fee for service per unit$574.00 (2023)

Queensland Government subsidies are available for eligible applicants to greatly reduce the cost of apprentice and trainee training.

User Choice funding provides a contribution that reduces the cost of training. Eligible apprentices and trainees will be charged $1.60 per nominal hour. Concession rates apply for students who hold a current Health Care Card or who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Free apprenticeships for under 25s will cover the cost of training for employers who commence an eligible new apprentice or trainee, or already have an existing apprentice or trainee aged under 25. Find out more.

For further information please refer to the VET student fees price lists, eligibility criteria applies for subsidised funding. If you are unsure, please call us on 13 27 86.

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