The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has released a set of free A2/A2L refrigerant training resources for registered training organisations (RTOs).
The resources, developed in partnership with Refrigerants Australia and selected TAFE colleges, build on the unit of competency for A2/A2L refrigerants that the ARC created in 2018. They have been designed to assist RTO teachers in successfully teaching students about A2/A2L refrigerants, in particular R32, which is now used widely in Australia.
R32 is mildly flammable and presents significant changes to the service tools, working practices, component standards and workplace safety considerations needed during the installation, repair, service and refrigerant recovery process.
ARC chief executive officer Glenn Evans is encouraging RTO teachers to incorporate the unit of competency, training resources and assessment material in their training to ensure technician safety is of highest priority.
“These training materials cover the safe handling of the gas that is rapidly becoming the most commonly used gas in split systems and is beginning to make an appearance in larger AC applications,” he says.
“The resources and assessment materials are Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited to provide confidence for both training providers and students alike.”
Topics covered include safe handling and transport, tools and equipment, environmental considerations, emergency procedures and incident management, as well as first aid for A2/A2L exposure, cylinders and storage, and installation requirements.
The full set of material can be downloaded free of charge here.