This is an apprenticeship program.
The Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration is for people who are employed as air-conditioning and refrigeration apprentices.
This program provides you with the skills to select components, install, set up, test, repair and maintain refrigeration systems, large-scale equipment for food storage and preservation, and air-conditioning and air distribution equipment. It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants. On-the-job training with your employer is combined with studying at RMIT. You’ll complete practical and theoretical classes to gain the skills and knowledge to work at a trade level in the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, reports, oral classes, and practical workshops.
You'll learn to:
- identify work health and safety hazards and document control measure
- fix, secure, mount, do basic fitting and fabrication techniques
- use drawings, diagrams, cable schedules, standards, codes and specifications
- carry out basic connections of refrigeration and air-conditioning piping/ tubing and fittings
- install refrigeration and air-conditioning systems and associated equipment
- test and visually inspect refrigeration and air-conditioning system and components for safety
- locate and rectify faults in appliances intended to operate to a connected supply up to 1000 volts AC or 1500 volts DC
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|Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration||City Campus||
Up to 4 years part-time
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Program code: C3295
National curriculum code: UEE32211
Students must be an apprentice under the Australian Apprenticeships Scheme (AAS), be employed in the electrotechnology (refrigeration/air-conditioning) industry and be registered with an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) prior to enrolment.
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$450* per annum
- 2020 government subsidised place: AU$2,250* per annum
- 2020 full-fee place: AU$7,000* 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.