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Vocational Education & Training

UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration


Not available to international students.



Estimated completion time: 4 year/s

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.

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Airconditioning And Refrigeration Mechanic

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

Note: The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Legislation Amendment Bill 2003 apply to this qualification. Prior to planning the delivery of any training and/or assessment activities all legislative and regulatory requirements shall be identified and included.

This qualification is suitable as an Apprenticeship qualification.

Credit transfers & pathways

Skills 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. <br />

Further training pathways from this qualification include, but are not limited to Certificate IV and Diploma level qualifications.

Entry requirements

CDU Entry Requirements

To gain entry into UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration candidates are required to be apprentices who have entered into a training contract with Australian Apprenticeships NT.

Students will need to demonstrate an appropriate level of language, literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake a course at this level.

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

  • VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

    Select VSS for more detail about this program.

    Employability skills

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    Location and study mode

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

    Locations: Casuarina

    Study Mode: On campus

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

Contact details

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

Course structure

To achieve UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration a total of twenty-six (26) units of competency must be completed comprising twenty-five (25) core and approximately one (1) to four (4) elective units, depending on the units' individual points, as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below. The electives offered may vary between campuses.

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 1080

Code Module/Unit of Competency

Weighting Points



Competencies marked # have pre-requisite competencies
UEENEEC025B Participate in refrigeration and air conditioning work and competency development activities 60 20
UEENEEE101A Apply occupational health and safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace 20 20
UEENEEE102A# Fabricate, assemble and dismantle utilities industry components 40 40
UEENEEE103A# Solve problems in ELV single path circuits 40 40
UEENEEE105A# Fix and secure electrotechnology equipment 20 20
UEENEEE107A# Use drawings, diagrams, schedules, standards, codes and specifications 40 40
UEENEEE137A# Document and apply measures to control OHS risks associated with electrotechnology work 20 20
UEENEEJ102A# Prepare and connect refrigerant tubing and fittings 30 40
UEENEEJ103A# Establish the basic operating conditions of vapour compression systems 60 60
UEENEEJ104A# Establish the basic operating conditions of air conditioning systems 20 20
UEENEEJ106A# Install refrigerant pipe work, flow controls and accessories 60 60
UEENEEJ107A# Install air conditioning and refrigeration systems, major components and associated equipment 80 80
UEENEEJ108A# Recover, pressure test, evacuate, charge and leak test refrigerants 60 60
UEENEEJ109A# Verify functionality and compliance of refrigeration and air conditioning installations 20 20
UEENEEJ110A# Select refrigerant piping, accessories and associated controls 50 60
UEENEEJ111A# Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration systems and components 40 40
UEENEEJ113A# Commission air conditioning and refrigeration systems 40 40
UEENEEJ153A# Find and rectify faults in motors and associated controls in refrigeration and air conditioning systems 50 60
UEENEEJ170A# Diagnose and rectify faults in air conditioning and refrigeration control systems 70 80
UEENEEJ194A# Solve problems in low voltage refrigeration circuits 40 60
UEENEEK142A Apply environmentally and sustainable energy procedures in the energy sector 20 20
UEENEEP012A Disconnect / reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring 60 60
UEENEEP017A# Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures 20 20
UEENEEP024A# Attach cords and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to a single phase 230 Volt supply 20 20
UEENEEP025A# Attach cords, cables and plugs to electrical equipment for connection to 1000 V a.c. or 1500 V d.c. supply 20 20
  Total nominal hours – core units 1000 1020
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (a total weighting of 60 points required)
Competencies marked # have pre-requisite competencies.  
Group B      
UEENEEI150A  Develop, enter and verify discrete control programs for programmable controllers 60 60
UEENEEJ174A Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for hydrocarbon refrigerants 10 10
UEENEEJ175A# Service and repair self contained hydrocarbon air conditioning and refrigeration systems 20 20
UEENEEJ178A Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant 10 10
UEENEEJ179A# Repair and service ammonia refrigeration systems 20 20
  Total nominal hours – elective units 60 60
  Total nominal hours for this qualification 1060 1080


Please note: Other units of competencies are available for credit transfer (CT) and recognition of prior learning (RPL).


Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 Indicative fees for this course:
VET Tuition Fees: $3,760.00 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
Domestic Full Fees: $18,360.00 (for domestic full fee places).
Fees will vary according to your choice of units.

Please note: a limited number of NT Government subsidy places are available for eligible NT domestic students so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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