Welcome to your IRC Training Packages Review

Todays Date September 18, 2019

1. What best describes your role in the industry?

Select all that apply.
2. As an industry stakeholder how well do you understand the training qualifications and unit competencies provided by the Australian Industry Standards (AIS), Industry Reference Committee (IRC) - Electrotechnology developed for the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry?

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being not at all and 5 being very well.

From your own or your trainees experience within the training course package (NOTE – This is not the RTO or TAFE but the total package of what is taught) did it prepare yourself or your trainees for the:

a) day to day trade skills expectations? and

b) provide the fundamental skills to ensure a basis from which further training under (CPD) Continuous Professional Development can be applied?

Currently there are two main training course packages available to RTO and TAFE to select and apply from two differing Industrial Reference Committee (IRC), there are:

            MEM    -           now largely a plumber controlled package; and

            UEE    -           derived from the Electro technology application.

Do these fulfil your expectation in regards to quality HVACR Trade Skills Outcome?

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Have you received the training that is now required to meet the Kigali Agreement requirements in completed refrigeration training courses?
6. Natural Refrigerants

Natural refrigerant training competencies have not been included in the certificate III RAC qualification.

Should natural refrigerant training be inclusive of the core competencies required for the certificate III RAC qualification outcome?
7. HVACR Training Funding

As industry now transitions to low GWP refrigerants, do you consider urgent funding be made available from the Environmental Trust Fund to educate/train (Upskill) all certificate III RAC tradespeople and apprentices in all refrigerants?
8. Should there be a singular HVACR Industry specific IRC attuned and dedicated to the HVACR industry alone.?
9. HVACR Training Future Proofing

Are you confident the Electrotechnology IRC has adequately improved training units of competencies and qualifications to ensure future proofing for the HVACR industry, inclusive of meeting Australia's committment to the Kigali agreement?
10. HVACR Minimum Standard of Competencies

ARMA seeks a minimum competency standard of a full four (4) year apprenticeship in certificate III Refrigeration and Air conditioning, or it's equivilency, providing industry with skilled tradespeople on completion of the apprenticeship to ensure compliance with the Kigali agreement.

Do you agree or disagree?
11. HVACR Industry Introductory Level Training

Certificate II training should only be applied as a pre apprenticeship level to the HVACR industry, in line with best practice measures for safety
12. Certificate II OH&S issues

Since the introduction of certificate II on a scale of 1 to 5 how safe is your working environment with 1 being unsafe and 5 being very safe?
13. HVACR Industry OH&S Industry Issues

Do you perceive the training packages and competencies as providing improved safety in your working environment or increased unsafe working environments?
14. Do you support fast tracking of peripheral tradespeople?


Certificate IV in Electrical and Air Conditioning qualification without meeting the minimum certificate III Refrigeration and Air Conditioning competencies and time in trade.
15. HVACR Capstone Testing

There is currently a Capstone testing system which continues to allow substandard RTO's to do little more than tick and flick with some RTO's offerring as little as 5 to 7 weeks part time to complete a certificate III in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.

Do you support the establishment of an independent third party to technically assess onsite using a revised capstone testing critera?
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16. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?

Thank you for taking the time to do the survey.

Kind, Regards, ARMA Team.

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