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:
The course is aimed at experienced motor vehicle technicians currently working within the motor industry who need to use mobile air-conditioning equipment.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Giving talks to thousands of people at automotive industry events across the USA holds no fears for former Derby College motor vehicle apprentice Cat Treanor.
Cat, who is business development manager with Electude UK, a world-leading automotive e-learning company, has spoken at venues in New York, California and Texas to name just a few.
And, as a STEM ambassador, a voluntary role, she also goes into schools and colleges to talk to students about rewarding opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Now nearly 27, Cat loves to give talks but is convinced she wouldn’t be doing this had it not been for the lecturers on her motor vehicle engineering level 3 course at the Johnson Building.
She said: “Through my public speaking I’ve been able to reach and inspire thousands of people in one go and last year I won an award for my work promoting diversity in the trade. Public speaking is the thing I’m most proud of and I’m so thankful to the Derby College lecturers who encouraged me to try it. Without them I wouldn’t have known I was capable of addressing a roomful of people.”
Through STEM and her job, Cat – the 2013 winner of Derby College’s Manufacturing and Engineering Apprenticeship award – remains keen to do all she can to encourage more women into the automotive industry.
She added: “The situation is improving – we’ve seen more girls joining the sector in recent years – but progress is slow. The measures designed to inspire female students take time to feed through. However, with the electric vehicle revolution the trade is changing and needs a new kind of technician.”
Through my public speaking I’ve been able to reach and inspire thousands of people in one go and last year I won an award for my work promoting diversity in the trade. Public speaking is the thing I’m most proud of and I’m so thankful to the Derby College lecturers who encouraged me to try it. Without them I wouldn’t have known I was capable of addressing a roomful of people.