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New training units reach validation stage

Two new units of competency are being added to the Electrotechnology Training Package. The technical advisory committees (TACs) have now considered all stakeholder feedback and the draft materials are available for final validation to ensure they meet industry needs.

The unit UEERA999Y Inspect, test and repair fire and smoke control features of mechanical services systems has been developed to cover the needs of air conditioning technicians to inspect, test and repair fire and smoke control features of mechanical services systems.

Mechanical services refers to equipment required to operate or switch off as an active part of a buildings fire and smoke hazard management system. It covers vents and dampers including fire/smoke and air dampers, smoke and heat vents, motorised relief openings, windows and shutters, and outdoor intakes; fire and smoke curtains; exhaust systems, including kitchen exhaust systems; fire fan control panel and fire indicator panel; fire isolated exit pressurisation systems; smoke exhaust systems; system shutdown; and smoke reservoirs.

It includes relevant Australian Standards and building code responsibilities and statutory requirements of building owners, contractors and service technicians related to fire and smoke control features of mechanical services systems.

ERA998Y Install, commission, service and maintain variable refrigerant flow air conditioning systems covers the skills and knowledge required to safely and effectively install, commission, service and maintain variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioning systems.

It includes sourcing relevant data and schematics; installing components, pipe work, accessories and controls; commissioning the system to ensure it operates at the specified design conditions; locating and rectifying faults; and, carrying out maintenance tasks.

Both units will be included as electives in the Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration as well as Certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma courses.

Feedback must be submitted by close of business Friday, April 9.

To view the draft materials for the Fire and Smoke Control Systems unit, click here.

To view the draft materials for the Variable Refrigerant Flow AC Systems unit, click here.

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