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The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) careers can be built from courses you may even be able to do while you're still at school, right up to professional, advanced trade courses.

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HVAC or heating, ventilation and air conditioning is a highly versatile industry, with plenty of job opportunities and a competitive salary.

To pursue a career as a mechanic in this field is to challenge yourself every day working in new builds and renovations in commercial, residential and industrial settings.

If you are mechanically minded, enjoy practical work, and love working in different settings then this field might be for you.

TAFE NSW has a full suite of air conditioning and refrigeration courses to not only get you trade qualified but to keep you learning and honing your craft.

Get trade qualified with the Certificate III in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and gain the confidence to start your own small business.

Keep learning with a Certificate IV in Electrical – Air Conditioning Split Systems or Diploma of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering.

You’ll be blown away with our comprehensive and industry-focused air conditioning and refrigeration courses.

Learn the tricks of the trade and become a sought-after refrigeration mechanic or technician, who can detect gas leaks and diagnose faults, repair, recharge and modernise air conditioning systems, dismantle and re-assemble mechanical components. You’ll also learn how to win over clients, create strong business connections and successfully run your own small business as a refrigeration mechanic.

The Australian heat is hard to escape which creates exciting career opportunities everywhere in this industry as:

  • Air-conditioning technician (split systems)
  • Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic
  • Refrigeration and Air-conditioning technologist
  • HVAC Specialist
  • Specialist in industrial ventilation systems and air purification

Start your career in air-conditioning as an apprentice with the Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration trade qualification. You’ll be able to work on broad range of domestic and industrial refrigeration or air conditioning systems.

Once you graduate, register as a licensed technician and join a dynamic industry that is seeking highly qualified refrigeration mechanics.

Nothing says Australia like a 44 degree summer day in mid-January, as you hide from the scorching heat inside a cool, air-conditioned building. Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics will never be out of a job due to the desperate need to stay cool in our climate.

In fact, air conditioning technicians have not been able to keep up with demand for the last 12 months due to an ageing workforce and lack of qualified workers. The Australian Government recognises this, and has created additional apprenticeship payments to help support 80,000 new apprentices for the next five years to 2024.

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What job opportunities could a refrigeration and air conditioning course lead to?

The heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry (HVAC&R) is growing, driven by population growth, globalisation, and consumer trends.

Careers in this field are unique and varied as air conditioning and refrigeration professionals cover both electrical and mechanical areas, and include roles such as: 

  • air conditioning system installer
  • split air-conditioning installer
  • refrigeration mechanic
  • project manager

And with strong wages, interesting work and plenty of opportunity to build a long term career, it's never been a better time to get into a HVAC&R career.

TAFE NSW offers a wide range of courses at a number of levels to suit your needs. Whether you're just starting out in your HVAC&R career, want to upgrade your skills or simply broaden your horizons, enrol now at TAFE NSW.