ARC Green Scheme Accreditation

The ARC Green Scheme Accreditation program provides a pathway for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians to upskill, and facilitates the use of new and emerging refrigerants and technologies into the industry. It is voluntary, and incorporates key refrigerants not covered by the ARCTick scheme. Specifically, hydrocarbons, C02 (R744), Ammonia and HFO 1234yf.

Snapshot of the ARC Green Scheme Accreditation:

  • Accreditations (2 years) are available, based on refrigerant type: hydrocarbons, C02 (R744), Ammonia and HFO 1234yf
  • The ARC Green Scheme Accreditation program is voluntary
  • To apply, competencies associated with a relevant ARC refrigerant handling licence are required, and further units of competency associated with the refrigerant type
  • E-card and logo will be issued on approval of application
  • Free mobile phone App for Accreditation holders

The accreditation scheme is qualifications-based and not only focuses on technician safety, but also provides industry and consumers with confidence that the industry-standard of high skills and professionalism will not be challenged.

Fast Facts

Stationary Refrigerants and competencies required

Automotive refrigerants and competencies required

Fee Structure

Whilst the ARC Board provided seed funding for the scheme, the fee is set at a break-even cost thereafter:

  • One refrigerant-type accreditation - $68 (2-years)
  • Each additional refrigerant-type accreditation - +$34 (2-years)

Application Process

Free mobile phone App for Accreditation holders

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is excited to launch a free mobile phone application for technicians as part of its Green Scheme Accreditation program.

The ARC Green Scheme Accreditation mobile phone app is a “must-have” resource for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians who work with natural or low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants in Australia.

All ARC Green Scheme Accredited technicians will gain free access to an online ‘tool box’ full of features to help them maintain and promote their accreditation, and provide valuable resources on the job, including:

  • Refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaler directory
    On the job and need supplies fast? Find a supplier nearest to you. This directory contains over 950 refrigerant wholesalers Australia-wide.
  • Technical resources
    Free access to information on: refrigerants, codes of practice/standards, training, safety and more.
  • Your Accreditation e-card
    This is your proof of accreditation, and your way to identify your credentials to your customers.

To use the app, you will need to hold an ARC Green Scheme Accreditation. The app is available for Android or iPhone mobile phones.

Benefits for industry

Born of industry demand, the ARC Green Scheme Accreditation program provides a pathway for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians to upskill, and facilitates the use of new and emerging refrigerants and technologies into the industry.

The Accreditation scheme will be voluntary and cover natural and low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants. It builds on the national, skills-based ARCTick licence scheme for synthetic refrigerants.

Natural and low GWP refrigerants have their own set of challenges, and technicians need to be aware of these so they can effectively and efficiently manage them.

Support from the mainstream climate control industry together with the need for improved technician safety has been the genesis of the ARC Green Scheme Accreditation program. All mainstream industry associations support the scheme and the ARC has been inundated with phone calls from technicians imploring the ARC to be in this space.

The new accreditation scheme will add value to the Industry:

  • Upskilling pathway for technicians
  • Promotes safety for technicians, businesses and customers
  • Assist in new technology and refrigerant uptake
  • Provides clarity around course gaps and required course development
  • Provides for an outcome to training
  • Gives trainers more confidence to provide training in an uncertain market

Benefits for consumers

The ARC Green Scheme Accreditation enables technicians to prove to consumers that they are qualified to work with natural and low global warming (GWP) potential refrigerants.

This is significant, as many natural and low GWP refrigerants are flammable and operate at high pressures.

There is a clear and present risk if consumers use non-accredited and un-qualified technicians to install or service their air conditioners (car and home) or refrigerators:

  • Sub-par installation/service which may mean additional services are required
  • Risk of product warranty becoming null and void
  • Safety risk to technician and consumers due to flammability of refrigerant

ARC and Shecco

The ARC has been communicating with Shecco about new initiatives for the Australian refrigeration and air conditioning sector. Shecco is a global market accelerator helping companies bring their climate-friendly solutions faster to market. In the heating, cooling and refrigeration sector, Shecco specialise in natural refrigerants.

Australia is generally seen as technology takers when it comes to refrigeration and air conditioning equipment and refrigerant, so a relationship with Shecco will enable the ARC and the local industry to tap into the latest information on the global scene, helping technicians get ahead of the game.

“Shecco develop markets for natural refrigerants. They also collect international expertise on natural refrigerants, providing industry leadership through distribution of information via international events, publications and relationships – like this one with the ARC,” said ARC CEO Glenn Evans.

“Being at the forefront of the international market allows ARC to better assist and inform technicians in a transitional marketplace, and promote increased technician safety through up-skilling,” said ARC CEO Glenn Evans.

If anyone would like to learn more about Shecco, please contact Caroline Rham, Business Development Manager Australia & New Zealand, via email caroline.rham@shecco.com