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Queensland to review licence regulations

The Queensland government has confirmed it will work to address a loophole in its new licensing framework for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. At the beginning of 2020, a new HVAC&R licensing framework was introduced in Queensland. Workers now require a Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) licence for mechanical services work. This includes air […]

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ARMA signals flaw in licence rules

The Australian Refrigeration Mechanics Association (ARMA) has highlighted an issue in the new QBCC licensing framework that allows the MEM30219 qualification to be accepted for air conditioning and refrigeration licences. The qualification is listed in the Technical qualifications for licensing document, published by the Department of Housing and Public Works, for unlimited design, limited design […]

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Cracking down on HVAC&R cowboys

NSW Fair Trading and the Australian Refrigeration Mechanics Association (ARMA) have shared information about efforts to stop air conditioning and refrigeration contractors operating outside their licenses. ARMA has been working for some time through its Mates Rates for Fridgies app to collect information about licensing breaches. According to ARMA CEO Kim Limburg, these include advertising […]

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ARMA launches mentorship program

The Australian Refrigeration Mechanics Association (ARMA) has launched a mentorship program for HVAC&R mechanics. The initiative pairs experienced technicians with those who are keen to learn. It is suitable for trade-qualified workers and apprentices. According to ARMA CEO Kim Limburg, the idea came from ARMA president Mike Gilmore, and was seen by the team as […]