Learn about the climate control industry

It’s not a stretch to say refrigeration and air conditioning is vital to mankind’s survival.

When you consider surgical operations can’t happen without refrigeration facilities, or that there’d be no transport of meat without refrigeration – then you start to understand how important a role a refrigeration and air conditioning technician plays in society.

On top of that a record number of air conditioning units are being installed in homes and buildings each year, meaning demand for services are increasing rapidly.

Manufacturing Skills Australia highlighted refrigeration and air conditioning as an “occupation in demand”

MSA, 2015 Environmental Scan


Air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic occupational reports (click state to read)

Department of Employment

Are you ready for a career in the climate control industry?

The ARC has produced a short video which will inspire you to get started on your career in the climate control sector, highlighting the many and varied career pathways the industry has to offer.

How Refrigeration Works


Being a climate control apprentice can take you around the world

The outstanding performances of the 2017 ‘Skillaroos’ and their experts at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi has propelled Australia into the top 10 skill nations in the world.

Nathan McHugh, Australia’s refrigeration competitor at the 44th WorldSkills International Competition in Abu Dhabi, scored 84.91%, and came 7th out of 23 competitors. He was awarded a Medallion of Excellence for this result.

Overall results for Australia's 18 competitors saw it ranked 10th in the world, out of a total of 77 competing countries. Prior to the event, Australia was ranked 12th in the world. This is an outstanding achievement by Nathan and the whole team.

A WorldSkills media release said “The jump from 12th at the 2015 São Paulo competition to 10th in this year’s International competition has ensured that Australia is continuing to build its reputation for skills and trades on the international stage, cementing the continued importance of VET for the nation’s future prosperity."

For more information, visit www.worldskills.org.au/

Environmental Protection – the key to encouraging women into the climate control industry

Working with climate-friendly technologies can be a good hook to get the younger generation interested in refrigeration as a career. Click here to read more.
Article courtesy of shecco Media.

Facts and Figures - refrigeration and air conditioning technicians

Learn about employment level and growth, earnings, hours of work, employment by State/Territory and main employing industries at the JOB OUTLOOK Australian Government website.

Read a research report on the challenges and recommendations for the commercial HVACR industry in Australia (courtesy of AMCA). Click here to read.

Certificate III in refrigeration and air conditioning

This qualification is the cornerstone of the climate control industry. It provides competencies to select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises. It also includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants and leads to the national ARCTick licence required by law for people working on RAC systems in Australia. Read more about the Certificate III in refrigeration and air conditioning on the Australian Government’s myskills website

Where to study?

Visit the Australian Government website http://training.gov.au/ to read more about apprenticeships, courses and registered training organisations nearest you.