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Level: 3

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 6

Hours: 3.00

Start: 12/05/2021

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

Tuition (£): 472.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

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,  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

About the Johnson Building »

Jamie Rushton

Jamie Rushton

On the road to a career in the motor vehicle industry

Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember.
So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity. As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.
Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility. The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.

I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.


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