The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is promoting its Green Scheme Accreditation as an important tool to support the industry in transitioning to low-GWP refrigerants and a zero emissions future.
“The Green Scheme is becoming the benchmark for industry and technicians while being formally recognised by various state governments as a means of demonstrating competence in the low-GWP refrigerant space,” says the ARC.
ARC CEO Glenn Evans says demand for accreditation to use low-GWP refrigerants is increasing, and this is critical in supporting the adoption of new technologies.
“Forward-thinking technicians and businesses are lining up to qualify for Green Scheme Accreditation,” he says.
“Apprentices are now making it part of their qualifications and skillset as they begin their careers, thanks to the scholarships provided by the Kirby Apprentice Fund.
“Kirby supports apprentices in undertaking CO2 training courses run at the Sydney Beijer Ref Academy in collaboration with Superior Training Centre (STC).
“The Beijer Ref Academy and STC offer accredited courses for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians at any stage of their careers to upskill in CO2 refrigeration systems to comply with current safety legislation.”
Evans says an important benefit is that government OH&S departments in some states now accept Green Scheme Accreditation as a way to demonstrate OH&S competence.
“Achieving government OH&S recognition is all part of ARC helping technicians and businesses transition to a low-GWP climate control industry and ultimately a zero emissions future,” he says.
“ARC Green Scheme Accreditation provides a pathway for RAC technicians to upskill, and facilitates the use of new and emerging refrigerants and technologies into the industry.
“It is the only national accreditation available for technicians to demonstrate they are qualified to work with hydrocarbons, CO2 (R744) and ammonia.
“It is AQF qualifications-based and not only focuses on safety, but also provides industry and consumers with confidence that the industry standard of high skills and professionalism will not be challenged.”
Image courtesy of Beijer Ref Academy.