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4 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of four (4) years full-time or six (6) years part-time. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units. Refer to the relevant course information flyer for further information.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time


Alice Springs, Casuarina
Not available to international students.

Course code



This qualification covers competencies to select components, install, set up, test, fault find, repair and maintain refrigeration systems and equipment that apply to food storage and preservation, and air conditioning and air distribution equipment in buildings and premises. It includes regulatory requirements for purchasing and handling refrigerants.

Competency development activities in this qualification are subject to regulations directly related to licencing. A relevant contract of training through an apprenticeship or relevant employment may be required to enable the application of the required knowledge and skills to on the job work activities and environments.

Refrigerant Handling Licence:
The achievement of the qualification meets the training components for the full national Refrigerant Handling Licence which is required to work on refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that carries the risk of a fluorocarbon refrigerant being emitted while decanting the refrigerant or manufacturing, installing, commissioning, servicing, maintaining or decommissioning refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Occupational Licence:
Additional and/or other conditions may apply in some jurisdictions subject to regulations related to refrigeration/air conditioning work. Practice in the workplace and during training is also subject to work health and safety (WHS)/occupational health and safety (OHS) regulations.

Electrical Occupation Licence:
The achievement of this qualification with the core restricted electrical units meet the electrical regulatory requirements for related restricted electrical work in most state/territories. This is required to work on electrical installations which are designed to operate at voltages greater than 50 volt (V) alternating current (a.c.) or 120 V direct current (d.c.).

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Electrotechnology include:

>Air Conditioning Technician
>Air Conditioning and Mechanical Services Technician
>Refrigeration Mechanic

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.


2022 indicative course fees for students who are eligible for an NT Government supported place is $4,144.00, and for students who are not eligible is $14,800.00.

VET fee exempt

Exemptions apply to VET tuition fees for NTG supported courses only.

At the time of enrolment, students in these categories will be exempt from paying tuition fees:

  • Recipient of a Centrelink payment
  • Recipient of a Veteran's Affairs payment
  • Enrolled Secondary Students
  • Permanent residents with refugee or humanitarian status

Certified copy of the evidence must be provided at the time of enrolment.

If your course is delivered in a location that is listed on the NTG’s Location Categories for VET Funded Programs, with remote as the location category you may be eligible for the Remote 2 Location tuition fee exemption.

Delivery allowance for VET funded programs

CDU trades student

Why study trades at CDU?

Whether you're an apprentice, a trainee, or already working in the industry, our trades courses are for you.

Start your career or upskill in a variety of areas from construction and electrotechnology to plumbing and metal trades. Wherever your interest lies, you'll learn from experts with industry-standard technologies and tools so you can graduate workplace ready.

  • NT's largest training provider
  • Access to specialised trade training facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning so you can qualify faster

What will I study?

To achieve UEE32220 Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration a total of 1210 weighting points must be completed comprising twenty-seven (27) core units of competency worth 1070 weighting points and 140 weighting points worth of elective units as detailed in the packing rules and listed below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1184

CodeModule/Unit of Competency

Weighting Points



Competencies marked * have pre-requisite competencies
UEECD0007Apply work health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace2020
UEECD0016Document and apply measures to control WHS risks associated with electrotechnology work*2020
UEECD0019Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components*4040
UEECD0020Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment*2020
UEECD0042Solve problems in ELV single path circuits*4040
UEECD0051Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications*4040
UEECO0010Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities6020
UEERA0031Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems*6080
UEERA0035Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems*2020
UEERA0036Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems*6060
UEERA0044Find and rectify faults in single phase motors and associated controls*4040
UEERA0045Find and rectify faults in three phase motors and associated controls*3030
UEERA0050Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories*6060
UEERA0051Install, commission, service and maintain air conditioning systems*8080
UEERA0052Install, commission, service and maintain low temperature systems*4040
UEERA0053Install, commission, service and maintain medium temperature systems*6040
UEERA0059Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings*4040
UEERA0062Recover and charge refrigerants*4040
UEERA0079Safely handle refrigerants and lubricants*4040
UEERA0081Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls*4060
UEERA0092Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration and air conditioning circuits*4060
UEERA0094Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations*4040
UEERE0001Apply environmentally and sustainable procedures in the energy sector2020
UEERL0001Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply*2020
UEERL0002Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V d.c.*2020
UEERL0004Disconnect - reconnect electrical equipment connected to low voltage (LV) installation wiring*6060
UEERL0005Locate and rectify faults in low voltage (LV) electrical equipment using set procedures*2020
 Total nominal hours – core units10701070
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (a total weighting of 140 weighting points required)
Competencies marked # have pre-requisite competencies.  
UEERA0007Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for flammable refrigerants1010
UEERA0084Service and repair self-contained flammable refrigerants air conditioning and refrigeration systems*2020
UEERA0005Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant1010
UEEIC0013Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers*6060
UEERA0006Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for carbon dioxide refrigerant1010
HLTAID009Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation104
UETDRRF004Perform rescue from a live LV panel*200
 Total nominal hours – elective units140114
 Total nominal hours for this qualification12101184



Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To enter into UEE32220 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration candidates are required to be apprentices who have entered into a training contract with Australian Apprenticeships NT. In addition students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

All of my lecturers were top notch former tradies with a solid grasp of what they were teaching. Whatever my issue was, they were always there for me. It was great.


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Course details


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the UEE Electrotechnology Training Package .

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Airconditioning And Refrigeration Mechanic
Area of study

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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