Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician

The refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump (rachp) engineering technician is a specialist occupation involved in planning, preparing and safely carrying out work activities in process, product and space cooling. The role includes the design, installation, routine maintenance, reactive service, commissioning and de-commissioning of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems. Technicians require a thorough competency in their understanding of the engineering principles of thermodynamics and the vapour compression cycle in order to perform operations.


In College

201/501 Understand and carry out safe working practices in Building Services Engineering

202 Understand how to communicate with others within Building Services Engineering

203 Understand how to apply environmental protection measures within Building Services Engineering

204 Understand how to apply scientific principles within MES

233 Understand refrigeration installation, testing and maintenance techniques

228/528 Understand and carry out site preparation and pipework fabrication techniques for RAC systems

230/530 Handling fluorinated gases and ozone-depleting substances (category I personnel)

302/602 Understand and carry out electrical work on RAC systems and components

302/602 Understand and carry out electrical work on RAC systems and components

On Site

233 Install, test and maintain air conditioning and heat pump systems

219 Apply safe working practices in building services engineering working environment


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 24 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat basildon campus and studied on a block release basis.

Entry requirements:

GCSE english grade 4 (or c). Gcse maths grade 5 (or c).


The apprenticeship framework is at level 2.


Professional registration:

This standard is designed to meet the professional standards of the engineering council for registration as an engineering technician (engtech) in partnership with the institute of refrigeration and cibse.

Funding band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 9 with a funding cap of £9,000.

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 Apprenticeship standard for a refrigeration air conditioning
 and heat pump engineering technician


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Total Payroll (£):

0.5% levy charge: 75000

Less £15,000 allowance: 60000

10% top up to your Levy charge: 6000

If each apprentice costs £15,000 over 3 years (on average), this equals £5,000 per apprentice per year. With the allowance and top up value of £66,000 you would get value for money by hiring 12 apprentices.