Refrigeration and air conditioning

Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

How we work with you

We partner with industry associations like the Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (IRHACE) and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential apprentices, and encouraging work placements.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences, competitions and graduations and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the RAC industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

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Qualification on offer

New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade), Level 4

Graduates will be able to:

  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, troubleshoot, recondition, and test when maintaining and servicing a range of RAC plant and equipment
  • apply engineering trade skills and knowledge to plan, install, and test a range of RAC equipment in accordance with industry and statutory standards
  • commission basic installations and work with specialists to commission the full range of complex plant and equipment
  • apply an understanding of the principles of RAC system design and applications to all aspects of their work
  • recover refrigerant into a cylinder and charge refrigeration systems in accordance with current regulations
  • apply knowledge of the use and management of refrigerants in the RAC industry to safely meet all relevant environmental and industrial legislation
  • carry out the electrical work associated with installing, maintaining, servicing and commissioning refrigeration plant and equipment
  • apply an understanding of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and workplace safety culture to work safely and meet responsibilities in a commercial environment
  • recognise the limits of their ability and the importance of working with integrity and maintaining currency.

Fees free eligible


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The best part? Earn while you learn - there's no student loan

You’ll get qualified without a student loan, all while learning practical skills from industry experts. You can put that money towards something else you really want – might be a new car, new tools or a new house.

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