National code: UEE32211

Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

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Overview About this course

Gain specialist skills in a high demand area. Successfully completing this course allows you to apply for a Restricted Electrical Licence and Full Refrigeration Handling Licence and become a qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Install new refrigeration and air conditioning systems

  • Find and repair faults in refrigeration and air-conditioning systems

  • Work on residential and commercial air conditioning systems

  • Work on commercial cool room and freezer room systems

  • Dismantle and re-assemble mechanical components

  • Produce drawings of electrical and mechanical circuits

Course Outcomes

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

  • Eligibility for a Restricted Electrical Licence and Full Refrigeration Handling Licence

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

  • Experience working in a team

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

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

  • Be employed as an apprentice in industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer

  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

Entry recommendations

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

  • An interest in how mechanical and electrical machines work

  • A reasonable level of fitness to use hand and power tools

  • The ability to work in confined spaces or at heights

  • Reading, writing and maths skills at Year 10 or equivalent level. If you’re unsure of your skill level, please contact TAFE NSW for support.

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: Air-conditioning technician (split systems), Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic and Vending machine servicer


A Refrigerant Handling Licence must be held by any person who carries out work in relation to refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment. Visit the Arctick website for more information. The NSW RAC Occupational Licence meets NSW regulatory requirements NSW for individuals undertaking work related to refrigeration and air-conditioning. Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information. The Restricted Electrical Occupation Licence – with the core Restricted Electrical units – meets NSW electrical regulatory requirements for related restricted electrical work. Visit NSW Fair Trading for more information.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 0 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

The Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration does not have any related courses.

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 III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 29 Units of competency, including 25 core and 4 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.

  • Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities UEENEEC025B

  • Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components UEENEEJ111A

  • Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems UEENEEJ113A

  • Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls UEENEEJ110A

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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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