This program is designed for qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics looking to improve their career opportunities by developing specialist skills in this field.
This qualification provides the competencies to determine heat loads and select equipment for basic commercial refrigeration or residential air-conditioning applications. It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants.
Examples of commercial refrigeration settings including commercial cold rooms, freezer rooms and cabinets with a single compressor or condensing unit. This does not include large, complex commercial applications or industrial applications.
Examples of residential air-conditioning applications include all scenarios covered under the Building Code of Australia's - Class 1A Residential Buildings.
The Certificate IV in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Systems can be completed as another apprenticeship.
*Programs may change as training packages are updated.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
Training is delivered as a combination of face-to-face and online.
Assessments include assignments and work reports, written tests and practical assessments.
Practical classes are delivered in fully equipped Refrigeration and Air-conditioning trade training facilities using industry standard equipment and trade practice.
You’ll gain the following knowledge and skills to:
- compile and produce an energy sector detailed report
- establish the thermodynamic parameters of refrigeration and air-conditioning systems
- establish heat loads for commercial refrigeration and/or air-conditioning applications
- analyse the psychrometric performance of HVAC/R systems
- implement and monitor energy sector environmental and sustainable policies and procedures.
Electives in this program include:
- estimate electrotechnology projects
- select basic commercial refrigeration system equipment, components and accessories
- select residential air conditioning system equipment, components and accessories
- work safely in the construction industry
- provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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Program code: C4301
National curriculum code: UEE42911
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
- 2020 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$1,000* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$5,000* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$12,000* per annum
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$308 maximum fee for 2020.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Eligibility criteria waver
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving two (2) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and already have a qualification, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2020 is $308.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.