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Level: 3

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 3.00

Start: 04/11/2020

Days / Times: Wednesday 18:00 to 21:00

Tuition (£): 472.00*

Exams (£): 23.00**

Interview: Y

Course Summary

In January 2015, the EU F-gas legislation (517/2014) replaced the 2006 regulation and now requires all refrigerant recovery operations on mobile air-conditioning equipment containing HFC refrigerants to be carried out by suitably trained technicians holding the approved mandatory qualification. Therefore, all Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) technicians working with cars and car derived vans must have achieved, as a minimum requirement, a refrigerant handling qualification which fulfils the European Union F-gas Regulation (EC842/2006 and Annex to Regulation EC307/2008).

Accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), this Defra-approved qualification offers a single unit solution that provides experienced automotive Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) technicians with evidence that they meet the minimum F-gas requirement (EC842/2006 and annex EC307/2008).

Please use the link below to access information on the new Government air conditioning legislation:


Entry requirements

This course is aimed at experienced motor vehicle technicians currently working within the motor industry who need to use mobile air-conditioning equipment.

Course Content

The theory element of this course will be delivered over the first two weeks, leading to the online exam in week three.

Your practical assessment will take place between weeks four and seven. You will be issued with an individual appointment time for this. You do not need to attend during these later weeks other than for your assessment appointment.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment ensures rigour and quality by measuring the candidate’s underpinning knowledge, including F-gas regulations. Learners must demonstrate the learning outcomes by following and achieving two assessment components which are set by IMI Awards:

  • practical assessment (appointment issued for individual assessment)
  • online external test (results known on day of test)

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to wear your own PPE (coverall/safety shoes) during the workshop element of the course and, in addition, air conditioning specific PPE (provided by the College) when necessary.

What can I do after this course?

After this course, you will meet the minimum legal F-gas legislation for working on vehicles with air conditioning.

Looking for a Hybrid qualification? Why not look at our Level 3 Award in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Repair and Replacement? There are various start dates throughout the year.

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Zubair Hussain

Zubair Hussain

Degree in motorsport engineering puts Zubair on career fast track

When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn. He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.
And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby. He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.
Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career .Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:

I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.


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