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UEE32211

Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Progress your career in refrigeration and air-conditioning with this apprenticeship course. Become a qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and apply for your Restricted Electrical Licence and Full Refrigeration Handling Licence.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast Far North Queensland North Queensland
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Course overview

Get qualified through your apprenticeship as an air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and become eligible for your Restricted Electrical Licence and full Refrigerant Handling Licence.

Job prospects for refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics are strong, with up to 25,000 openings expected over the next five years. As more home and businesses rely on cooling systems, your skills will be needed for installation as well as maintenance and repair work.

In this course you will learn to select components and install, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment for food storage and preservation. You'll also learn to apply these skills for air-conditioning and air distribution equipment for buildings and premises. The course covers the regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants. Our trade teachers and tutors will help you understand the theoretical and practical aspects of your course to support your success.

Successful completion of this qualification will allow you to become a trade-qualified refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and apply for your Restricted Electrical Licence and full Refrigerant Handling Licence.

What can I do?

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

Course outcome:

UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Trade skills assessment and gap training program

If you can demonstrate substantial competency in this qualification, you may be able to access funding for recognition of prior learning and gap training through the Trade Skills and Assessment Gap Training (TSAGT) program. TAFE Queensland is a proud recipient of funding from the Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) for this program. Only eligible participants may receive funding for eligible courses. Learn more about eligibility criteria.

Quality training standards

With over $20 million invested in our electrical training facilities and teachers who remain embedded in industry, we deliver the quality training that our clients deserve and expect from the largest provider of training for the electrotechnology sector in Queensland.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core units listed below, plus a combination of elective units with a total value of 60 points. Please note, elective units have various points values. Elective units will be selected in consultation with your employer and included on your training plan.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEC025B
    Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEC025B
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the application of industry/enterprise policies in actively participating in work activities and in one's own competency development. It complies with established industry/enterprise procedures regarding how work is conducted, understanding responsibilities and obligations under competency development plan, following activities for developing competency, self-monitoring competency development and meeting trainee obligations for periodic reporting of competency development activities.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEE101A
    Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEE101A
    Unit description :

    This unit specifies the mandatory requirements of occupational health and safety and how they apply to the various electrotechnology work functions. It encompasses responsibilities for health and safety, risk management processes at all operative levels and adherence to safety practices as part of the normal way of doing work.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEE102A
    Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEE102A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers basic fitting and fabrication techniques as they apply in the various utilities industry work functions. It encompasses the safe use of hand, fixed and portable power tools; cutting, shaping joining and fixing using metallic and non-metallic materials; dismantling and assembling equipment; basic mechanical measurement and marking-out and reading drawings/diagrams.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEE103A
    Solve problems in ELV single path circuits
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEE103A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers providing known solutions to predictable problems in single path circuits operated at extra-low voltage (ELV) as they apply to various energy sector work functions. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including the use of basic voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing known solutions to predictable circuit problems.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Solve problems in ELV single path circuits

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEE105A
    Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEE105A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers fixing, securing and mounting techniques as apply in the various electrotechnology work functions. It encompasses the safe use of hand and portable power tools, safe lifting techniques, safe use of ladders and elevated platforms and the selection and safe application of fixing devices and supporting accessories/equipment.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEE107A
    Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEE107A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the use of drawings, diagrams, cable schedules, standards, codes and specifications as they apply to the various electrotechnology work functions. It encompasses the rudiments for communicating with schematic, wiring and mechanical diagrams and equipment and cable/connection schedules, manuals, site and architectural drawings and plans showing the location of services, apparatus, plant and machinery and understanding the use and format of compliance standards and job specifications.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEE137A
    Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEE137A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers identifying occupational health and safety hazard and risks and documenting control measures. It encompasses identifying workplace hazards, assigning levels of risk, developing control measures to eliminate and/or mitigate risks, reviewing risk control measures and maintaining documentation of hazards, risk control measures and their application in accordance with compliance procedures.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ102A
    Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ102A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the basic connection of refrigeration and air conditioning piping/tubing and fittings. It encompasses the safe use of hand, fixed and portable power tools for cutting, flaring, bending, swaging, silver brazing copper tube to copper tube, bundy tube and brass and steel fittings, measurement and reading drawings and diagrams.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ103A
    Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ103A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the determination of the operating conditions of vapour compression systems. It encompasses working safely, determining refrigerant pressures and temperatures and relevant air and water temperatures using measurement and basic calculation methods.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ104A
    Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ104A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the determination of basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely, determining air temperature, air flow rates and relative humidity using measurement and basic calculation methods.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ106A
    Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ106A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the installation, in buildings and premises, of refrigerant piping/tubing, fittings, flow controls and accessories for refrigeration and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to installation standards, routing pipe work to specified locations, connecting components and accessories and documenting installation work.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE102A , UEENEEE105A , UEENEEE137A , UEENEEJ102A , UEENEEJ103A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ107A
    Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ107A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the installation of refrigeration and air conditioning systems including unitary equipment, compressors, condensers, evaporators, liquid receivers, pipework, ventilation and air handling (excluding central plant) and associated equipment. It encompasses working safely and to installation standards to match equipment with that specified for a given specification and location, connecting pipe work and components, and complete the necessary installation documentation.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE102A , UEENEEE105A , UEENEEE107A , UEENEEE137A , UEENEEJ102A , UEENEEJ103A , UEENEEJ106A , UEENEEJ108A , UEENEEJ153A , UEENEEJ170A , UEENEEJ194A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ108A
    Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ108A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers recovery, pressure testing, evacuating, charging and leak testing recovery of refrigerants and lubricants from refrigeration systems and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards, following regulations and industry practices for handling refrigerants and lubricants, and completing the necessary documentation.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A , UEENEEJ102A , UEENEEJ103A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ109A
    Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ109A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers testing and visual inspection for verifying that a refrigeration and air conditioning system and components are safe, comply with requirements and functions as intended. It encompasses working safely, conducting compliance tests, conducting visual inspections, identifying non-compliance defects and mandatory reporting requirements.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE003B , UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE102A , UEENEEE105A , UEENEEE107A , UEENEEE137A , UEENEEJ102A , UEENEEJ103A , UEENEEJ104A , UEENEEJ106A , UEENEEJ107A , UEENEEJ108A , UEENEEJ110A , UEENEEJ111A , UEENEEJ113A , UEENEEJ153A , UEENEEJ170A , UEENEEJ194A , UEENEEP012A , UEENEEP017A , UEENEEP024A , UEENEEP025A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ110A
    Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ110A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers the selection of refrigerant piping, accessories and controls for refrigeration and air conditioning installations to comply with regulations, standards and specifications. It encompasses developing refrigerant pipe work arrangements, selecting pipe work and fittings, refrigerant flow controls and accessories, and mechanical and electrical control devices based on specifications, standards and manufacturer catalogues to determine calculated and deemed to comply solutions and documenting all selection information.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A , UEENEEJ103A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ111A
    Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ111A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers diagnosing, repairing faults and replacing faulty components in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, components, interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1,000 V a.c. It encompasses working safely, reading electrical circuit diagrams, refrigeration, hydronic and air distribution system diagrams and manufacturers reference material, sketching diagrams from traced wiring and piping systems, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs, replacing components and completing the necessary service documentation.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE003B , UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE102A , UEENEEE105A , UEENEEE107A , UEENEEE137A , UEENEEJ102A , UEENEEJ103A , UEENEEJ104A , UEENEEJ106A , UEENEEJ107A , UEENEEJ108A , UEENEEJ110A , UEENEEJ153A , UEENEEJ170A , UEENEEJ194A , UEENEEP012A , UEENEEP017A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ113A
    Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ113A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers commissioning of refrigeration and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely and to standards to commission the whole system and includes pre-commissioning tests, starting up the system, optimizing the refrigerant charge, basic air and water balancing and adjustment, checking and adjusting components and controls to ensure its efficient and balanced operation, and completing commissioning documentation.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE003B , UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE102A , UEENEEE105A , UEENEEE107A , UEENEEE137A , UEENEEJ102A , UEENEEJ103A , UEENEEJ104A , UEENEEJ106A , UEENEEJ107A , UEENEEJ108A , UEENEEJ110A , UEENEEJ170A , UEENEEJ194A , UEENEEP012A , UEENEEP017A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ153A
    Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning syst
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ153A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers finding and repairing faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. It encompasses working safely, applying knowledge of motor systems and their controls, reading circuit diagrams, sketching diagrams from traced circuits, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs and completing the necessary service documentation.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE003B , UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE107A , UEENEEJ103A , UEENEEJ108A , UEENEEJ194A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning syst

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ170A
    Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ170A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers diagnosing, repairing faults and replacing faulty components in refrigeration and air conditioning control systems, components, interconnecting circuits and equipment operating at voltages up to 1000 V a.c. It encompasses working safely, reading circuit diagrams, system diagrams and manufacturers reference material, sketching diagrams from traced wiring, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs, replacing components and completing the necessary service documentation.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE003B , UEENEEE101A , UEENEEE107A , UEENEEJ108A , UEENEEJ153A , UEENEEJ194A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEJ194A
    Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEJ194A
    Unit description :
    This unit covers determining correct operation of low voltage d.c. and a.c. circuits and providing solutions as they apply to refrigeration work functions. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including the use of voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations to predictable problems in single and multiple path circuits. Other alternatives of prerequisite units may apply. Please see alternatives here: https://training.gov.au/Training/Details/UEENEEJ194A

    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE103A , UEENEEJ103A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEK142A
    Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEK142A
    Unit description :

    This competency standard unit requires the worker to undertake methods of work practice that minimises energy and material usage and to seek energy reduction strategies in the energy sector workplace. The unit seeks to minimise negative impacts on the environment.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEP012A
    Disconnect/reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEP012A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers disconnecting and reconnecting composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring. This may be incidental to or a primary and regular function of work related to a principle work function. It encompasses working safely, identifying supply arrangements, following isolation procedures, selecting and using testing and measuring devices, terminating and connecting cables and conductors, safely testing and reporting. The unit coverage excludes disconnecting or reconnecting circuits at a switchboard or to general electrical accessories (including switches, socket outlets, circuit protective devices etc); or installation of or alteration to any part of the fixed electrical wiring system (defined as electrical installing work).

  • UNIT NAME
  • Disconnect/reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEP017A
    Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEP017A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers locating and rectifying 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. This may be incidental to or a primary and regular function in the workplace. It encompasses following prescribed procedures, working safely, reading circuit diagrams, isolation procedures, identifying faults according to procedures, identifying like for like replacement/repair components according to procedures, selecting and using testing and measuring devices, terminating and connecting cables and conductors, safety testing and reporting.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEP012A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEP024A
    Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230V supply
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEP024A
    Unit description :
    This unit covers attaching flexible cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to supplies up to 230V a.c. This may be incidental to or a primary and regular function of work related to a principle function in the workplace. It encompasses working safely, identifying plug configurations, selecting and using testing and measuring devices, terminating and connecting cords/plugs and conductors, safety testing and reporting.

    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEE101A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230V supply

  • UNIT CODE
  • UEENEEP025A
    Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000V a.c. or 1500V d.c. supply
    UNIT CODE :
    UEENEEP025A
    Unit description :

    This unit covers attaching flexible cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment connected to a supply up to 1,000V a.c. or 1,500V d.c. This may be incidental to or a primary and regular function of work related to a principle function in the workplace. It encompasses working safely, identifying plug configurations, selecting and using testing and measuring devices, terminating and connecting flexible cords/plugs and conductors, safety testing and reporting.


    Pre-requisite unit :
    UEENEEP024A
  • UNIT NAME
  • Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000V a.c. or 1500V d.c. supply

CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Bracken Ridge
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
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MIXED MODE
Acacia Ridge
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Ashmore
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Nambour
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Cairns
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Townsville (Trade Training Centre Bohle)
Apprenticeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (UEE32211)
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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

To study an apprenticeship or traineeship program you must be indentured as an apprentice or trainee with your employer.

Employers need to be able to provide the necessary human and physical resources to qualify for an apprentice.

Resources required

You are responsible for meeting the minimum occupational health and safety requirements in practical classes. This includes the use of safety glasses, protective footwear with covered uppers, steel capped toes and non-slip soles to AS2210, leather gloves to AS2161, and hair protection. You should also wear 100% cotton drill industry-standard clothing.

If you fail to meet these minimum standards of dress, you will not be permitted entry into practical classes.

Need to know

Replacement qualification
This qualification has been replaced by UEE32220 - Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, as of 4 October 2020. A transition period applies to enable current students to complete their study. The transition period finishes on 31 January 2023. If required, enrolments will be transitioned into the replacement qualification.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

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