National code: AUR20220

Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology

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Overview About this course

Strengthen your automotive trade qualification and be ready to apply for your AAC02 Refrigerant Handling Licence. Broaden your career opportunities and become an automotive air conditioning specialist.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Fit air conditioning to vehicles and machinery
    Adapt different drive systems to internal combustion engines
    Carry out diagnostic procedures and test and repair electrical circuits
    Modify existing systems and modernise older systems
    Work safely and sustainably in an automotive air conditioning environment

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience in repairing faults in cooling, air conditioning, heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) and climate control systems
    Confidence to modify existing air conditioning systems
    The ability to trap, store and dispose of old refrigerant gases
    Eligibility to apply for your AAC02 Refrigerant Handling Licence
    Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • That you are employed as a qualified tradesperson in the automotive industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer

    That you have successfully completed an appropriate Certificate III Automotive trade qualification and hold a trainee licence

    If you have access to a supervisor who holds an AAC02 Refrigerant handling licence, you apply for a TL000 training licence from Arctick here

    If you do not have access to a supervisor who holds an AAC02 Refrigerant handling licence, you can apply for a CL000 training licence from Arctick here

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • Before your first day of class you must provide evidence of a current Trainee Refrigeration and Air Conditioning licence (TL000) from the Australian Refrigeration Council. To apply for your licence, you will need:
    A signed declaration from your work supervisor using the online form
    Proof of course enrolment from TAFE NSW student services

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Great communication skills
    The ability to work unsupervised
    A valid driver licence
    An intermediate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the role - climbing, lifting and moving items heavier than 15kgs
    Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level
    TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test. This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

    If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: automotive air conditioning service specialist auto electrician.


This is a licensed occupation. When you successfully complete the Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology you can apply for an AACO2 Refrigerant Handling licence with ARCtick. Visit ARCtick for more information.

Study pathways

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The Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology does not have any post-graduate courses.

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 13 units of competency, including 6 core and 7 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace AURAEA002

  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace AURASA102

  • Test and repair basic electrical circuits AURETR112

  • Service air conditioning and HVAC systems AURETU103

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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