Offering Info

Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

  • National Course Code: UEE32211
  • TAFE NSW code: UEE32211-01V03-21WLG-999

Location – Wollongong - Apprenticeship


Part Time


On campus

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

7 Hours per week



  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Apprenticeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration will give you the skills to become a qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic. You will also be eligible to apply for your Restricted Electrical Licence and Full Refrigeration Handling Licence.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Fabricate, assemble and dismantle components
  • Solve problems in electrical circuits
  • Install and commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Fault find refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • Add and remove refrigerants used in systems


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Effective communication abilities
  • Advanced organisational skills
  • Time management skills
  • Self-motivation
  • The ability to work independently or collaboratively


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate III qualification
  • The only qualification that will enable you to work on any refrigeration or air conditioning system, irrespective of size or purpose

Career opportunities:

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


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Servicing
  • Certificate IV in Air-conditioning Systems Energy Management and Control

This course is superseded.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.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration as an apprenticeship. There may also be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice.

To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be employed as an apprentice in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer
  • Submit your Training Plan Proposal (TPP) with your application

There may be options available for you to study as a non-apprentice. Enquire today and one of our Apprenticeship and Traineeship team will help you understand any eligibility or entry requirements.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Your RAC01-Refrigerant Handling License

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 (Australian Refrigeration Council) 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.


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

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


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.


To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • an apprentice (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed full time
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic after successful completion.

Work placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • Workplace evidence reports supported and signed by your employer/supervisor whilst being employed as an apprentice.


This is a face to face part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 4 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 30 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace evidence gathering.


This is a face to face part time day course. You will need to attend approximately 7 hours of class, over 1 day a week, for 4 years.

You may also be required to complete approximately 30 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including workplace evidence gathering.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprentices.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

This course is currently scheduled on Monday from 8.30am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Personal Protective Equipment - Students are required to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:
    safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Before you can start an apprenticeship, you first need to find an employer in the industry you're interested in that will support you through your studies. You and your employer should contact an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) and tell them you're interested in studying at TAFE NSW.

The ANP will help you and your employer to complete a Training Contract. Once you have a Training Contract, we will help you, your employer and the ANP to complete a Training Plan Proposal. Once you have both these documents, the ANP will lodge them with State Training Services, who will provide further advice about next steps.

Find out more:

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
UEENEEK142A Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector
UEENEEE101A Apply Occupational Health and Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
UEENEEP024A Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply
UEENEEP025A Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 Va.c. or 1500 Vd.c. su
UEENEEJ113A Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems
UEENEEJ170A Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems
UEENEEJ111A Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components
UEENEEP012A Disconnect / reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring
UEENEEE137A Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work
UEENEEJ104A Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems
UEENEEJ103A Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems
UEENEEE102A Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components
UEENEEJ153A Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning syst
UEENEEE105A Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment
UEENEEJ107A Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment
UEENEEJ106A Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories
UEENEEP017A Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures
UEENEEJ102A Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings
UEENEEJ108A Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants
UEENEEJ110A Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls
UEENEEE103A Solve problems in ELV single path circuits
UEENEEJ194A Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits
UEENEEE107A Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications
UEENEEJ109A Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations
UEENEEC025B Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities
Elective Units
Number Title
UEENEEJ174A Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for hydrocarbon refrigerants
UEENEEC010B Deliver a service to customers
UEENEEJ175A Service and repair self contained hydrocarbon air conditioning and refrigeration systems
UEENEED101A Use computer applications relevant to a workplace

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Refrigeration and air-conditioning mechanic.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

Foleys Lane, North Wollongong
Phone 131 601

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