Training for A2/A2L mildly flammable refrigerants has been officially endorsed by the Victorian Registration & Qualification Authority (VRQA).
The Air Conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) said this unit of competency can now be utilised across the nation.
AMCA is currently developing the learning and teaching guides for the entire industry which underpin the competency.
In partnership with Box Hill Institute at the Refrigeration Climate Control Centre of Excellence (RCCC), the AMCA has been delivering a number of R32 masterclasses in partnership with the Airconditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association of Australia (AREMA).
This new unit of competency will provide increased safety for technicians in a growing and changing refrigerant market. Details on previous R32 and upcoming broader RAC master classes are available by contacting the Box Hill Institute's training relationship officer, Ryan Sneddon.
Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) chair, Kevin O'Shea, said the result is a big win for technican safety.
“Up until now, there were no training competencies endorsed for mildly flammable refrigerants like R32, creating a growing risk for apprentices and technicians who are more and more likely to work with these refrigerants,” he said.
In 2017, after completing industry consultation, an application with support letters were submitted to the VRQA for a new unit of competency for the handling of A2/A2L mildly flammable refrigerants.
The title of the new unit is - VU22583 Handle Class A2/A2L Flammable Refrigerants, and will sit within the current course as an elective.