Nominations are now closed. 


What is NextGen?

The NextGen initiative was created three years ago to connect with our next generation of refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) technicians. It provides a platform to showcase the future of our industry.

With such an acute skills shortage in the RAC trade the industry needs our technicians to share their stories, to let the wider market know that RAC is a rewarding career choice. 

Each year apprentices and technicians under the age of 25 from all over Australia are invited to participate in NextGen, following their nomination (by peers or employers) for the Top 20 under 25 programme. If selected to be a part of the Top 20 these technicians are profiled in the June edition of CCN magazine.

Written by CCN’s expert editorial team, these profiles showcase individual excellence and are a celebration of our industry’s best and brightest. It is also an opportunity for our NextGen technicians to share their passion for their trade, to talk about how their career began and the challenges that make it such an interesting vocation.

Nominations are assessed by Climate Control News in partnership with our exclusive NextGen sponsor, the Australian Refrigeration Council.

Do you have a technician worthy of recognition?

Nominations open 1 February, 2022 and close 1 April, 2022.

Qualifying criteria: NextGen Top 20 under 25

  • Outstanding performance in the workplace
  • Achievements demonstrating skills excellence
  • Ability to be an ambassador for the RAC sector
  • Aged under 25 and employed in Australia


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