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

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 02 March to 04 December

Duration:

One year full-time (three days per week class time, two days per week work experience)

Location: Christchurch
Credits: 120

  • 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

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
  • 2020 direct material costs $1210

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 

School Leavers

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

Mature Applicants
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.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, 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 one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


IELTS test - 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 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

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

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