The safety of refrigeration and air conditioning apprentices and technicians just got a boost with training for A2/A2L mildly flammable refrigerants getting official endorsement from the Victorian Registration & Qualification Authority (VRQA). This unit of competency can now be utilised across the nation.
As a demonstration of leadership, the AMCA is currently developing the learning and teaching guides for the entire industry which underpin the competency.
In partnership with Box Hill Institute at the Refrigeration Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC), the AMCA has been delivering a number of R32 masterclasses with its AREMA colleagues.
This new unit of competency will provide increased safety for technicians in a growing and changing refrigerant market. Details on previous R32 and upcoming broader RAC master classes are available by contacting Mr Ryan Sneddon, Training Relationship Officer, at Box Hill Institute.
Kevin O’Shea, Chairperson of the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC), said this result is a big win for technician safety.
“Up until now, there were no training competencies endorsed for mildly flammable refrigerants like R32, creating a growing risk for apprentices and technicians who are more and more likely to work with these refrigerants,” he said.
In 2017, after completing industry consultation, an application with support letters was submitted to the VRQA by the ARC for a new unit of competency for the handling of A2/A2L mildly flammable refrigerants.
The title of the new unit is - VU22583 Handle Class A2/A2L Flammable Refrigerants, and will sit within the current course as an elective -
For more information visit the training.gov.au website.