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Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $774 for levels 1 and 2, $1024 for levels 3 and 4
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: 1.800.621.3038
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    Contact Tracy Harrison, Apprenticeship Manager Assistant 250.762.5445 (loc 4347)

Application Deadline Advice

Applications may be submitted starting on November 1 for entry in the subsequent 10 months.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
247 Martin St Penticton, BC
Level: 02
247 Martin St Penticton, BC
Level: 03
247 Martin St Penticton, BC
Level: 04
247 Martin St Penticton, BC

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

ITA Source: 'Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic ' profile.


Refrigeration Mechanics fabricate, install, alter, repair 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 28 weeks. Levels One and Two are 6 weeks each. Levels Three and Four are 8 weeks each. 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, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 7220 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves about 240 weeks of training.

Training Content

Training modules are:

  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Apply Fundamentals of Refrigeration
  • Apply Electrical Concepts
  • Plan and Install Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Commission Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Maintain and Service Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems



  • Grade 10 or equivalent
  • English 10
  • Math 10
  • Science 10


  • Grade 12 or equivalent

Red Seal Endorsement

The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 57 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.

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Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

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