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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

What opportunities will this course give me?

Progression to other units: -
Unit 2 - Testing and Servicing Mobile Air Conditioning Systems
Unit 3 - Advanced Diagnostics for Mobile Air Conditioning System

Completion of the above units will result in a full certificate mobile air conditioning.

What will I be learning?

The day will split between classroom session which covers the under pinning knowledge for the unit and workshop sessions to carry out the practical aspects of this unit. Unit 1 Refrigerant Handling for Mobile Air Conditioning Systems is the licence to practice unit and will be required to purchase R134A gas after 04/07/2010.

The assessment for unit 1 includes a practical based assignment combined with an oral test which covers the knowledge requirements for the unit. The test will be carried out under controlled conditions by an assessor following the successful completion of the sessions learning activities. A mix of theory and practical Dependant on course, Unit 1 = basic system operation as this is about gas handling/legal requirements-Unit 2 = more involved, components, location/operation, how they interact with each other and how the system works as a whole, giving an excellent grounding for Unit3 diagnosis and rectification

Why is this course for me?

The course will be delivered using a mixture of theoretical learning and practical simulation / demonstration and assessment in the workshop.

What do I need to sign up?

Although there are no formal entry requirements to join this course, it is expected that candidates will be either working in the Automotive Industry or be aspiring to work within the Industry, in particular, on Air-conditioning systems for vehicles and portable appliances.

You will be required to complete an initial assessment in Maths.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The qualification is for those who are already practicing in the industry and wish to continue repair and servicing of mobile air conditioning systems after the 04/07/2010. This unit is recognised by the UK Government as exceeding the minimum requirements of European Commission Directive 307/2008. This regulation requires that persons handling fluorinated gases must be appropriately trained and possess a certificate attesting to the fact.

Please note that only Unit 1 Refrigerant Handling for Mobile Air Conditioning Systems is the licence to practice unit. This unit can be completed alone as part of the licence to practice requirement without completing the whole qualification and will give a certificate of unit credit. The other two units can be completed at a later stage to gain a full certificate.

Candidates should bring typical workshop safety equipment e.g. overalls and safety boots, plus pens and a ring binder for note storage to the lesson which will be delivered both in a classroom (underpinning knowledge) and workshop (practical 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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Offsite / Workplace

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08:00 – 18:00





24+: £179.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
MAC3A Offsite / Workplace 08:00 – 18:00 1 £179.00 £179.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.