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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 are the entry requirements?

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.

What does this programme involve?

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

How is the programme taught and assessed?

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

What else do 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).

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
MAC3A Offsite / Workplace 08:00 – 18:00 1 £177.00 £177.00 Apply now

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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.

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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Daniel, 28

Dan, Air Conditioning

Dan is completing his Level 3 qualification in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and works as an Air Conditioning Engineer Apprentice at Ensys Ltd.


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