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0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over 3 days. 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 course reflects the role of individuals who perform a range of tasks relating to servicing and repairing air conditioning components and systems of cars and heavy vehicles in an automotive service and repair business.

Career opportunities

The completion of this course enables an individual to apply for an AAC02 - Refrigerant handling licence - qualified persons (Automotive air conditioning licence). Users are advised that the scope of the licence will be contingent on unit of competency selection. This licence is governed by the Australian Refrigeration Council, which should be contacted for further information.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


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


2022 fees for this course are $750.00.

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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?

VTP396 Refrigerant Handling Licence - Automotive Air Conditioning covers two (2) units of competency from the Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package and which is recognised nationwide.

Course structure

Students will be issued with a 'Statement of Attainment' upon the successful completion.

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 60.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
AURETU103Service air conditioning and HVAC systems25
AURETU104Diagnose and repair air conditioning and HVAC systems35
 Total nominal hours for the qualification60

Completion of these two (2) units allow for application to the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) for an Automotive Air conditioning Licence


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into VTP396 Refrigerant handling licence - Automotive air conditioning candidates require:

> a relevant trade qualification:

  • AUR30320 Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology or its equivalent
  • AUR30620 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology or its equivalent
  • AUR31120 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology or its equivalent
  • AUR31220 Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology or its equivalent

> Licencing and/or legal requirements - Trainee Classroom Licence:

  • Trainee License available from CL000 - Refrigeration and air conditioning trainee licence (Classroom) To handle refrigerant in a classroom setting only. The licensee cannot handle refrigerant outside the classroom setting. This licence is valid for a period of training which can be up to 1 year.

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

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.


CDU Student

Yron VET Trades

Course details


This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

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Location and study mode

Delivery is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina

Study Mode: On campus

Students may choose to study the theory knowledge online from home through Learnline (CDU's Learning Management System). Support from and discussions with VET lecturers will be provided through email, discussion boards, chat, video conferencing and telephone.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Automotive Electrician
Area of study

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

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