Air conditioning and refrigeration

A licence from Fair Trading is required before any air-conditioning and/or refrigeration work can be undertaken in NSW, regardless of the cost of the work and regardless of whether the work is residential, commercial or industrial.

Tradespeople handling refrigerants will also need to obtain a Commonwealth Government refrigerant handling licence through the Australian Refrigeration Council. Go to their website or call 1300 88 44 83 for more information.

Scope of Licence

Air-conditioning work

Under the Regulation, air-conditioning work is:

  • any work required to install, maintain and service an air-conditioning system (other than a self-contained single-phase plug-in domestic air-conditioning system) in a structure, building, vessel, container or railway vehicle
  • work required to comply with the requirements of Australian Standard AS 1668.2 – 2002, The use of ventilation and airconditioning in buildings, Part 2: Ventilation design for indoor air contaminant control
  • work required to comply with the requirements of Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3666:2002, Air-handling and water systems of buildings – Microbial control, relating to the maintenance of cooling towers,
  • associated electrical wiring work of the kind described in the section below.

The following is not air-conditioning work:

  • the installation of an air-conditioning system in a railway vehicle by the manufacturer of the vehicle
  • the installation, maintenance or repair of ducting or insulation in premises other than a dwelling.

Refrigeration work

Under the Regulation, refrigeration work is:

  • any work required to install, maintain and service a refrigeration system (other than a self-contained single-phase plug-in domestic refrigeration system) in a structure, building, vessel, container or vehicle
  • work required to comply with the requirements of Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1677:1998, Refrigerating Systems
  • associated electrical wiring work of the kind described in the section below.

Associated electrical wiring work

The Regulation also refers to associated electrical wiring work, which is electrical wiring work with servicing and maintenance of an air-conditioning system or a refrigeration system, involving:

  • testing of, and diagnosis of problems in, control and power circuits and electrical equipment and electric motors
  • disconnection and reconnection of electrical components designed to be permanently connected
  • the replacement of electrical components on the load side of the mains supply
  • the repair and adjustment (in accordance with normal trade practice) of electrical components,
  • the repair, replacement or making good of cable terminations or defective electrical wiring,
  • minor alterations to electrical wiring.

Remember, it’s an offence to do any  air conditioning or refrigeration work without a licence. You can be fined $22,000 as an individual or $110,000 if you are a company for doing this type of work unlicensed.

Qualifications

Current qualifications

You must complete one of the following courses:

  • UEE32211 Certificate III in Air conditioning and Refrigeration and the required mandatory associated electrical qualification modules; or
  • UEE31307 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning and the required mandatory associated electrical qualification modules; or
  • UEE31306 Certificate III in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning and the required mandatory associated electrical qualification modules; or
  • UTE30999 Certificate III in Electrotechnology (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) and the required mandatory associated electrical qualification modules; or
  • Completion of the Refrigeration/Air-conditioning Trade course 7795 through NSW TAFE and the required mandatory associated electrical qualification modules; or
  • Completion of an Apprenticeship as a Refrigeration Mechanic and/or Air Conditioning Mechanic which is to be evidenced by a Certificate of Proficiency and must have been obtained prior to 20 December 2010 and the required mandatory associated electrical qualification modules.

Mandatory associated electrical qualification modules

Applicants are also required to demonstrate completion of one set of mandatory associated electrical qualification modules as per the following pathways:

  1. UEENEEP012A – Disconnect/reconnect composite appliances connected to low voltage installation wiring, and
    UEENEEP017A - Locate and rectify faults in low voltage composite appliances using set procedures
  2. UEENEEP001B – Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment to a Low Voltage Supply, and
    UEENEEP007B - Locate and rectify faults in electrical low voltage equipment following proscribed procedures
  3. UEENEEP001A – Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired electrical equipment to a Low Voltage Supply, and
    UEENEEP007A - Locate and rectify faults in electrical low voltage equipment following proscribed procedures
  4. UTENES208 - Disconnect/reconnect fixed wired Equipment up to 1000 volts ac/1500 volts dc, and
    UTENES505 – Locate & rectify fault(s) in Electrical equipment 1kVac/1.5dc by procedures

Previous licence holders

Licence held within 5 years of the date on which the application is made:

  • The previous licence will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements and will be recognised for an equivalent authority to carry out the same scope of work. This may be issued with or without conditions as appropriate to the licence previously held.

Licence held more than 5 years before the date on which the application is made:

  • While the previous licence will be accepted in lieu of the current qualification requirements, applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of completion of one set of the mandatory associated electrical qualification modules as listed in the pathways above

Notation for current licensees applying to remove a condition

For current licensees that are seeking to remove a condition in respect of carrying out associated electrical wiring work:

Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of completion of one set of the mandatory associated electrical qualification modules as listed in the pathways above

To find a Registered Training Organisation that provides the qualification listed above, go to the building licensing courses page .

 
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