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Refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump engineering technician

Planning, preparing and safely carrying out work in process, product and space cooling.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
36 months
Current funding band
Up to £18,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • relevant legislation, regulations and standards
  • principles of thermodynamics, gas laws, psychrometrics, fluid flow, electricity, properties of refrigerant fluids and lubricants
  • data analysis
  • the function and operation of system components and how they interact in a range of systems
  • sustainability
  • safe working practices
  • mechanical operations
  • applying mathematical principles to their work

All apprentices must achieve a Level 2 Certificate in F Gas and ODS Regulations Category 1.

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must achieve level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C).

Professional registration

This apprenticeship meets the professional standards of the Engineering Council (EngC) for registration as an engineering technician (EngTech) in partnership with the:

  • the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)
  • and the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
BESA Training 01628 607 800 / 07583 189 008
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.