Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeships & Qualifications

About Refrigeration and Air Conditioning 

This fast-growing industry gives you a variety of career opportunities from service and maintenance, diagnose and rectify, commissioning, installation, and design. 

The course is day release over three years. 

All candidates must be employed as an apprentice within the industry. 

During the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprenticeship you’ll cover areas such as: 

  • workplace health and safety  
  • communication  
  • energy efficiency in the environment 
  • scientific principles 
  • RAC system fabrication 
  • Installing, testing and maintaining refrigeration and air conditioning heat pump systems 
  • F-Gas and ODS regulations 
  • testing and maintenance techniques 
  • industry hand tools 

How do you get into the industry? 

There are no specific grades, but you’ll need to have maths and English, which you can study as part of your apprenticeship.  Many employers look for people that enjoy practical and academic work. 

Any practical qualifications or previous experience would be useful as well as a general interest in mechanical engineering. 

Further Progression 

After finishing your apprenticeship, you’ll be able to study further qualifications or apply for supervisor and manager roles. 

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What qualifications will I gain?     

Level 3 Diploma in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems 

Length of Course 

36 months 

Entry Requirements 

You don’t always need academic qualifications to start your training but some employers prefer you to have a good standard of education, such as GCSEs, as well as English and maths. 

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

Apprentice Engineer


Salary £16000.00 per year