New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade Assistant) - Christchurch

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3

4 March to 4 December 2019


1 year full-time  - three days per week class time, two days per week work experience

Location: Christchurch
Credits: 120

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply core engineering knowledge to the assembly, installation and maintenance of a basic refrigeration and/or air conditioning plant and equipment
  • Apply knowledge of refrigeration principles and their applications to the assembly, installation and maintenance of basic refrigeration and/or air conditioning systems to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Apply knowledge of relevant electrical theory and practice to safely test basic electrical circuitry
  • Apply an understanding of refrigerants, their significance to the industry and their impact on the environment, to safely meet all relevant environmental and industrial legislation
  • Recover refrigerant into a cylinder and charge refrigeration systems in accordance with current regulations 


All of the Unit Standards listed below are required

15851 Demonstrate knowledge of electrical safety and safe working practices for electrical workers
15852 Isolate and test low-voltage electrical subcircuits
25070 Explain the properties of conductors, insulators, and semiconductors and their effect on electrical circuits
25071 Demonstrate knowledge of electromotive force (e.m.f.) production
25072 Demonstrate knowledge of electromagnetism theory
750 Demonstrate knowledge of electrical test instruments and take measurements
6401 Provide first aid
6402 Provide basic life support
20799 Demonstrate knowledge of common engineering metals
20917 Demonstrate basic knowledge of engineering materials
21905 Demonstrate knowledge of trade calculations and units for mechanical engineering trades
21908 Demonstrate knowledge of basic mechanics for mechanical engineering trades
21909 Demonstrate knowledge of fasteners used in mechanical engineering
21911 Demonstrate knowledge of safety on engineering worksites
21912 Apply safe working practices on an engineering worksite
21913 Shift loads in engineering installation, maintenance, and fabrication work
2395 Select, use and care for, engineering hand tools
2396 Select, use and maintain portable hand held engineering power tools
2430 Manually produce and interpret engineering sketches under supervision
2432 Manually construct plane geometric shapes for engineering
19666 Demonstrate knowledge of refrigerants and their effect on the environment
23959 Prepare and purge braze piping for refrigeration and air conditioning
28950 Meet requirements for Approved Filler Test Certificate for refrigerants
28952 Demonstrate knowledge of refrigerants and their management
28959 Demonstrate knowledge of installation and commissioning procedures for commercial RAC equipment
28960 Demonstrate knowledge of commercial RAC system maintenance and servicing
28967 Fabricate, assemble, and install refrigeration and air conditioning components under supervision
28970 Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of refrigeration and air conditioning
2679 Join metals using the torch brazing and soldering processes

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs $1175

International Fees can be found here.

At the successful completion of this programme, students will have the required competencies to function successfully and effectively at operational levels within the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector.  Graduates could go on to become:

  • Heating and ventilation installers
  • Refrigeration technicians
  • Electrical service technicians 

Applicants under 20 years:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 2
  • Four years’ minimum secondary education
  • Desire to work in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning industry

Applicants over 20 years:
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 1 or above in a related discipline, and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS General or Academic Score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test, pBT, Score of 500 with an essay score of 4 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet based test, iBT, Score of 35 with a writing score of 20
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 for each skill.
  • NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace, or Academic
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic, PToE Academic score of 36
  • City and Guilds IESOL B1 Achiever with a score of 43

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English and who are applying to Immigration New Zealand for their first New Zealand student visa must provide evidence of one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with NZQA rules below:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised 

To satisfactorily complete New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade Assistant) (Level 3) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • Achieved all of the graduate outcomes in the graduate profile showing competence to a minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade Assistant) (Level 3).
  • Completed required practical and theoretical course work and assignments. 

(Please note; students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement)

Three days per week class time: Mon, Tues, Wed, 8.00am-4.30pm

Two days work experience