Certificate III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (MEM31319)

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Course Duration

2 Years

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Study Mode

Flexible – online, onsite, on campus

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Get qualified as a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic at Outsource Institute. With a Certificate III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (MEM31322), you’ll be qualified to become a licensed technician or mechanic, with earning potential of upwards of $75,000 a year. Our industry-expert trainers will give you the support and guidance to confidently step into a full-time, qualified job in the industry with confidence. 

Contact our admissions team today to see if you’re eligible for the next intake.

What Your Career With a Certificate III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning May Look Like

With a Certificate III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, you’ll be a qualified air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic. You’ll be able to apply for your Restricted Electrical Licence and Full Refrigeration Handling Licence, giving you access to job opportunities or exploring your own business.

The average refrigeration mechanic earns between $75,000 to $85,000 a year, while the average air-conditioning technician earns between $80,000 to $100,000 a year. With Australia’s hot climate, it’s a job that’s thriving, with high demand all over the country. Your qualification gives you access to these jobs and more.

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Cert. III in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Course Details

    Location for Training
    Career Opportunities
    Course Eligibility
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Banyo, Brisbane, QLD, 4014

    As qualified air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, you can enter a job working in HVAC:

    • Work
    • Assembly
    • Installation
    • Maintenance
    • Repairs

    As well as in industrial, commercial and domestic air-conditioning and refrigeration systems and equipment.

    To be eligible to study a Certificate IV In Engineering Drafting, students must:

    • Be undertaking an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships under state funding are required by the relevant state funding authority to:
      • Be employed in an industry workplace.
      • Have access to workplace equipment as part of their training and assessment, and;
      • Have access to workplace supervisors as part of their training and assessment.
    • Have adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills. At the Outsource Institute, we assess students’ ACSF levels and determine any necessary support requirements to ensure you can be successful in your studies. 

    All fee-for-service students must be employed with access to a relevant workplace. Industry experience is not necessary. Students do not need access to a supervisor, but may be a supervisor themselves.


    Students must hold pre-requisite units prior to commencing particular units in these qualifications. Current information about the prerequisite units can be found on the qualification information on training.gov.au.

    Students with supporting evidence or prior education or work experience may be eligible for Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer (CT). These credits or units can be used to reduce your study load or shorten your course duration. Once enrolled, you can contact Student Support to arrange an assessment for eligibility with our dedicated trainers.

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    Cert. 3 Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Course Program

    To complete your Cert. 3 in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, you will need to achieve competency to a value of 96 points. 33 points must be achieved in core units, with 40 points for elective units from Group A and 23 points from Group B. Up to 8 points for appropriate Group B elective units from this training package, other endorsed training packages and accredited courses where those units are available for inclusion at a certificate III level. This is only for select units that are suitable for occupational outcomes in a refrigeration and/or air-conditioning trade environment.

    Elective Unitsd
    Assessment Methods
    • MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering
    • MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
    • MEM16006 Organise and communicate information
    • MEM11011 Undertake manual handling
    • MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements
    • MEM12024 Perform computations
    • MEM14006 Plan work activities
    • MEM16008 Interact with computing technology
    • MEM17003 Assist in the provision of on-the-job training
    • MEM18001 Use hand tools
    • MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations
    • MEM09002 Interpret technical drawing
    • MEM05006 Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
    • MEM10002 Terminate and connect electrical wiring
    • MEM10010 Install pipework and pipework assemblies
    • MEM12002 Perform electrical/electronic measurement
    • MEM12004 Perform precision electrical/electronic measurement
    • MEM16014 Report technical information
    • MEM18011 Shut down and isolate machines/equipment
    • MEM18046 Fault find and repair electrical equipment/components up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c
    • MEM18049 Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired equipment up to 1000 volts a.c./1500 volts d.c.
    • MEM18055 Dismantle, replace and assemble engineering components
    • MEM18083 Handle fluorocarbon refrigerants according to regulations
    • MEM18084 Commission and decommission split air conditioning systems
    • MEM10013 Install split air conditioning systems and associated pipework
    • MEM18086 Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems
    • MEM10009 Install refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment
    • MEM18087 Service and repair domestic and light commercial refrigeration and air conditioning equipment
    • MEM18088 Maintain and repair commercial air conditioning systems and components

    During your course and your assessments, you’ll experience a mix of theoretical and practical methods. In these methods, you’ll be required to use lessons from your training, including practical knowledge. You’ll also be able to build a portfolio of photo, audio, video and text assets to help you with applying for jobs and demonstrating your experience.

    Study Now, Pay Over Time With the Outsource Institute’s Interest-Free Payment Plans

    At the Outsource Institute, we believe anyone who wants to study and advance their career in refrigeration, air conditioning and engineering should be able to do so. Our interest-free payment plans and flexible payment options give you more ways to pay for your studies, giving you the headstart you need in your career. 

    Discover what your repayments could be using the sliding scale below.

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