Qualification Overview

Qualification Title New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade Assistant) (Level 3)
Qualification Type Certificate
Level 3
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Engineering and Related Technologies » Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology » Refrigeration, Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Engineering and Technology » Mechanical Engineering » Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Strategic Purpose Statement
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) industry with people who have sufficient underpinning knowledge, understanding, and practical skill to work as a Trade Assistant.

This is an entry level qualification that is designed for people already working in the industry or people wishing to enter the industry as a Trade Assistant.

Graduates will be able to perform limited assembly, installation and maintenance functions under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Apply core engineering knowledge to the assembly, installation and maintenance of basic refrigeration and/or air conditioning plant and equipment
- Apply knowledge of refrigeration principles and their applications to the assembly, installation and maintenance of basic refrigeration and/or air conditioning systems to manufacturer's specifications
- Apply knowledge of relevant electrical theory and practice to safely test basic electrical circuitry
- Apply an understanding of refrigerants, their significance to the industry and their impact on the environment, to safely meet all relevant environmental and industrial legislation
- Recover refrigerant into a cylinder and charge refrigeration systems in accordance with current regulations
- Apply knowledge of welding to safely braze to an acceptable industry standard
- Work safely with a relevant understanding of Health and Safety requirements and workplace safety culture
Education pathways
Entry to this New Zealand Certificate is open as it is an introduction to the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry.
It may lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade) (Level 4) [Ref: 2366] as well as legislated industry requirements such as the:
- WorkSafe Approved Handlers Certificate;
- Electrical Workers Registration Board's Electrical Appliance Serviceperson licence (EAS);
- Electrical Workers Registration Board's Electrical Service Technician licence (EST).
Candidates who have previously achieved the National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering (Level 2) [Ref: 1220] will have credits towards this qualification.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this qualification will be equipped to work as Trade Assistants in the RAC or related industries.
The work environment may include, for example: refrigerated shipping containers; domestic air conditioning; transport refrigeration and air conditioning; commercial and industrial refrigeration, and the Mechanical Building Services sector (formerly HVAC sector).To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Entry is open, however it is recommended candidates hold the National Certificate in Educational Achievement (Level 2) [Ref: 0973].
Education Organisation 2 Organisations can assist in gaining this qualification
Developed By Competenz
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2365
Status Current
Created November 2014
Next Review July 2019
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