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Level: 3

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 3.00

Start: 24/02/2021

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

The 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 of the course, 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?

Following 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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Sukjevan Dhindsa

Sukjevan Dhindsa

Motor Vehicle apprentice Jeeves on road to becoming Master Technician

Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician. Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby. Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes. Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful. Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there. He said:

I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.


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