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

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

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

If you want to get into the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry and work on domestic and commercial equipment, then the New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade Assistant) Level 3 is for you. This pre-apprenticeship qualification will prepare you for the industry and teach you all the fundamentals that you will need to know.

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Key Details
Christchurch
Qualification:
Certificate
Level:
3
Credits:
120
Duration:

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

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2021 Semester 1: 01 March to 03 December

Fees:

This programme is available for free under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs $2,450

International Fees can be found here.

If you want to get into the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry and work on domestic and commercial equipment, then the New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade Assistant) Level 3 is for you. This pre-apprenticeship qualification will prepare you for the industry and teach you all the fundamentals that you will need to know.

You will learn to:
  • Assemble, install and maintain a basic refrigeration and/or air conditioning plant
  • Safely test basic electrical circuitry
  • Recover refrigerant into a cylinder
  • Charge refrigeration systems in accordance with current regulations 
Classes are three days a week with two days of work experience.

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

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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