Practical Refrigeration Training Centre

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Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Electrical Training


Here's a reminder that everyone handling the fluorinated refrigerants must hold the new City and Guilds or Constructionskills 'F Gas' qualification by 4th July this year.

These courses are filling up fast so if you haven't reserved a place already, call us NOW!
Which course?

For experienced engineers there is a choice of 3 short courses:

1 day, Assessment Only, at 250
2 day, Extra Theory and Assessment, at 365
3 day, Extra Practical, Theory and Asessment, at 555

All prices are per person and plus VAT.

These are only suitable for experienced engineers so if you're not sure that you have the knowledge or practical skills for this qualification, have a look at the check list below and be totally honest with yourself!

If you don't think you'd manage a short course, then we have a range of longer courses which can lead to an 'F Gas' refrigerant handling qualification as well as covering other topics:

5 day, Service and Maintenance with Refrigerant Handling,
at 910
5 day, Air Conditioning, Installation and Service, with Refrigerant Handling,
at 1160
10 day, Combined Service, maintenance and Installation with Copper Brazing and
Refrigerant Handling,
at 1875

As before, all prices are per person and plus VAT.

Full details of all our courses can be found elsewhere on the website. Availability is changing daily so we recommend that everyone contacts us for the latest information and to make a booking.

While not exhaustive this is a list of the main topics which will be covered to illustrate what knowledge and skills are required.

Theory - you will need to have an understanding of the following:

Identify units of temperature, pressure, mass, density and enthalpy, including
different states of refrigerant
Understand the basic theory of the vapour cycle and the use of pH diagrams
Understand the function of the major components, their performance and
indications of leakage
Be able to determine the operating conditions and efficiency of a system
Show knowledge of Azeotropic and non azeotropic refrigerants
Understand the GWP (global warming potential) of refrigerants
Knowledge of energy efficiency and ozone depletion, including the Montreal
and Kyoto Protocols
Be able to identify leakage points and the associated risks
Know the legal requirements regarding the storage and transportation of
refrigerants, oils and controlled wastes
Know and be able to complete the documentation and records which need to be
made and kept
Recognise the hazards involved in handling refrigerants, oils and waste
Recognise the hazards involved in nitrogen pressure testing and flame brazing

Practical - you will need to demonstrate the following practical skills:

Be able to braze and flare pipe
Carry out and complete nitrogen pressure test
Carry out and complete leak test direct and indirect
Vacuum out system and use a vacuum gauge
Prove system structure is sound and leak tight
Charge system with non azeotropic refrigerants (over 3 kg for category 1,
under 3 kg for category 2)
Prove system efficiency
Produce commissioning document
Complete a system log
Recover refrigerant
Drain oil from a compressor
Produce waste documentation
Ensure refrigerant traceability
Operate refrigeration service valves