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What opportunities will this course give me?

On completion and achievement of the Standard, progression routes will be provided and discussed with the individual to enable them to make informed choices about continuous professional development.

What will I be learning?

The Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician is a specialist occupation involved in planning, preparing and safely carrying out work activities in process, product and space cooling.

RACHP Technicians duties can involve the design, installation, routine maintenance, reactive service, commissioning and de-commissioning of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems. Technicians require a thorough competency in their understanding of the engineering principles of thermodynamics and the vapour compression cycle in order to perform operations.

RACHP Engineering Technicians have important responsibilities for the safety of themselves, work colleagues and the general public as well as minimising the environmental impact of cooling systems.

Why is this course for me?

Apprentices will develop their knowledge, skills and behaviours through on and off-the-job learning and are expected to attend Eastleigh College on a day or block release basis.

As part of the apprenticeship, learners will work towards the Level 2 C&G 6187 NVQ Diploma in Refrigeration/Air Conditioning and the Level 3 City & Guilds 6090 Diploma in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Systems.

Apprentices will be certificated for the apprenticeship after completion of an end point assessment.

Whilst on programme, apprentices must achieve Level 2 Certificate in F Gas and ODS Regulations Category 1 and, unless exempt on entry, Level 2 Functional Skills English & Maths before undertaking the end point assessment.

It is expected that it will typically take three years for the apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace and gather sufficient practical experience.

Your progress will be continuously monitored and supported by an Apprenticeship Officer.

Why is Eastleigh College my best choice?

Eastleigh College have been at the forefront of RACHP delivery in the region for a number of years with dedicated and knowledgeable staff; some of whom have helped in the development of the industry standards now being taught.

What do I need to sign up?

Entry is subject to interview and assessment and you will need to have relevant employment. In addition, you will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher, including English & Maths or have achieved a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification* and be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to, or exceeding Level 2 in English& Maths.

*please call Eastleigh College Apprenticeship Services on 023 8091 1226 to discuss.

Is there anything else I need to know?

This standard is designed to meet the professional standards of the Engineering Council for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) in partnership with the Institute of Refrigeration and CIBSE.

Safety footwear will be required for the workshop activities.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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