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UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-conditioning And Refrigeration

If you want a career that is not just full of hot air then this is the pathway for you!   Become a qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic.

This qualification is undertaken as an apprenticeship pathway.  UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration provides competencies to acquire the skills to select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises.  It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants. A mechanic assembles, installs, maintains and repairs industrial, commercial and domestic air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment

Career Opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry include:

  • Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic

Location, dates and times

This qualification is available year round, as it is delivered in the workplace through an apprenticeship.

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.   Apprenticeship Network providers are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships support services to apprentices and employers.   If you are a school student thinking of starting an Australian Apprenticeship while still at school, your school careers adviser should be your first point of call for information on Australian Apprenticeships. Useful Links:

Duration:   This qualification is generally delivered over 4 years in the workplace, but may be completed earlier depending on each individual’s experience. Apprentices attend block release at both our Claremont campus and Devonport Campus for approx. 5 weeks per year except the 4th year where there will be less training required.

Location:   The apprenticeship is available state-wide but campus training is delivered at our Claremont Campus in Hobart and Valley Road Campus in Devonport

Learning Options

Learning is primarily completed at TasTAFE and is put into practice in the workplace using daily work activities under the supervision of an employer/supervisor.

Assessment Process

Assessment of the units in this qualification is generally completed at TasTAFE, using evidence from activities conducted during theory and practical classes.  Generally, a combination of observations, work projects and questioning are used for assessment in our simulated work environment.  The assessment of competencies involve a combination of off the job training and work place recording in the form of Myprofiling.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do.  TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

For further details please refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning page.

Fees and Payments

For further fee and payment information visit our Fees and Payment page.

What will I need to bring?

Participants must supply, pen, paper, clear safety glasses, steel-capped footwear and appropriate workplace clothing including gloves for welding.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

  • Online learning fee $200.00 (over 4 years)
  • Can cooler project materials $130.00 (Year 1)
  • Text books $484.95 (Year 1)

Essential Requirements

There are essential requirements for this course:

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 apply to this qualification.   Prior to planning the delivery of any training and/or assessment activities, all legislative and regulatory requirements shall be identified and included.   Trainees will be required to apply for a trainee refrigeration handling licence from the Australian Refrigeration Council; this will allow trainees; to handle synthetic refrigerants while training at TasTAFE refrigeration campuses

You also need to be under a contract of training as an apprentice with an employer

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

On completion of your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to apply for a full ARCTIK refrigeration and air-conditioning handling license so that you can operate as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic within Australia.


Contact us today to find out if this is the right course for you.

Student Support

TasTAFE’ s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support.

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available at our Student Support Services page.


UEE32211  Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration

Qualification Requirements

The requirements for granting this qualification will be met when competency is demonstrated and achieved for:

  • All 25 Core competency standard units,
  • A combination of Elective competency standard units to achieve a total weighting of 60 points in accordance with the Elective Competency Standard Units table available at


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