Applications are accepted anytime. Qualified applicants are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is strongly recommended.
Application Fee: $44 (domestic); International Student Fees
This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program
Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).
View upcoming training dates on TTC.
Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:
This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:
For updated details regarding Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic , please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.
Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.
Refrigeration Mechanics fabricate, install, maintain and service any system used for cooling and/or heating in closed systems that contain a refrigerant or a brine and thermoelectric cooling.
The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes five years to complete.
The technical training is made up of four levels totaling 990 hours (33 weeks). Level One is 180 hours (6 weeks). Level Two is 210 hours (7 weeks). Levels Three and Four are each 300 hours (10 weeks). This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.
The work-based training totals 6210 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves about 207 weeks of training.
For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2019 001 .
(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)
Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.
Domestic/Commercial Gasfitter (Class B) - Certificate of Qualification
Construction Electrician - Certificate of Qualification
Industrial Electrician - Certificate of Qualification
Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:
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