New qualification supporting air conditioning installation set to launch in mid-2021

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29 April 2021

To meet industry demand, Competenz will be launching the New Zealand Certificate in Air Conditioning Installation (Level 4) in mid-2021. This qualification has been developed to support employers and learners in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.

During a review of the available industry qualifications back in 2019, a gap was found around the installation of commercial and residential air conditioning systems. Since then, Competenz has worked alongside the industry to develop a focused and comprehensive qualification to fill this training gap.

The qualification has been created to facilitate the growth of skilled people within the HVACR industry who can install air conditioning systems up to 50kW nominal cooling independently and work with synthetic refrigerants, including HFO’s, following manufacturer’s specifications and industry best practice. It also covers several specialist compliance areas such as passive fire sealing, seismic fixing, and bracing to ensure the graduates will have a broad skill set relevant to the New Zealand construction industry.

This qualification has been designed for both new entrants to the industry and competent people who may not have a qualification and want to gain a credential, enhancing their employment opportunities. It will also be useful for people in allied trades such as electrical or plumbing who are involved in installing air conditioning and wish to enter the HVACR industry.

Graduates will operate independently, safely installing air conditioning systems using relevant tools, knowledge, and techniques to ensure they meet all applicable environmental and industrial legislative requirements.

Find out more about what pathways and qualifications are available in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry here.

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