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Aussie Centre of Excellence wins international award

The HVAC Centre of Excellence at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus in Melbourne has won a prestigious CIBSE Building Performance Award in the Learning and Development category. The awards, open to any organisation internationally, recognise the people, products and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment. The 2020 awards were presented at a gala dinner […]

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ARC flags ‘sub-standard’ Queensland licence

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has called out Queensland for putting consumers at risk with a “sub-standard RAC licence”. The licence is part of the new mechanical services regulations that came into effect on January 1 this year. “The major issue is that one of the qualifications required for the Queensland licence does not specify […]

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New rules for Queensland fridgies

A new licensing framework has been introduced in Queensland. Workers now require a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence for mechanical services work. According to the QBCC, “improperly installed and maintained heating and cooling systems can lead to dangerous bacteria growing and spreading through systems in facilities such as aged care, hospitals and shopping […]

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Coronavirus and HVAC

Since the first case was detected in China in December 2019, the novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread rapidly. It has now infected nearly 25,000 people, about 500 of whom have died. On January 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency. Although the vast majority of coronavirus patients […]

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RAC course shut down

Trades College Australia in Punchbowl, Sydney, has lost its RTO status for issues related to the delivery of recognition of prior learning (RPL) for refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) courses. The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) worked with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), the training industry regulator, on the case. ASQA took action against Trades […]