Hydrocarbon Refrigeration, Air Con and Heat Pump System Installation, Servicing and Maint (PLA)

L2 Level 2
Part Time
12 January 2023 — 13 January 2023
City Centre Campus, Cardiff
This course is available at other locations or at different start dates/levels.
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to www.cavc.ac.uk/PartTimeFunding - For a full list of PLA courses go to www.cavc.ac.uk/PLA

About this course

This qualification is for those involved in the commissioning, installation, servicing and maintenance of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems and support the skills necessary for employment/progression in this ever growing sector as users demand more environmentally friendly systems.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills required for the safe handling of flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants (R600a/ R290 etc) while maintaining, servicing, installing and disposing.

This FREE course is only available to adults that are eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). Personal Learning Accounts, funded by the Welsh Government, are available to employed adults living in Wales that wish to develop skills to progress or change career. 
Find out if you're eligible today.

What you will study

There are nine mandatory learning outcomes that will be studied and assessed:

  • Specific health and safety requirements which apply to the installation, servicing and maintaining and decommissioning of hydrocarbon RAC systems.
  • Legislative and organisational procedures for installation, servicing and maintaining and de-commissioning of hydrocarbon RAC systems.
  • Differences between halocarbon and hydrocarbon RAC systems.
  • Procedures for planning and preparing for work on hydrocarbon RAC systems.
  • Be able to plan and prepare for work on hydrocarbon RAC
  • systems
  • Specific requirements for installing and testing hydrocarbon RAC systems.
  • Differences between halocarbon and hydrocarbon service and maintenance procedures.
  • Be able to service and maintain hydrocarbon RAC systems.
  • Decommissioning procedures for hydrocarbon RAC systems

You will be taught with a mixture of classroom based theory and the practical elements of the course in a specialist RAC workshop.

Assessment consists of a multiple-choice question paper and a practical assessment.

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £0.00

Entry requirements

It is recommended that candidates are experienced engineers who work on systems containing hydrocarbon and flammable refrigerants. You must be experienced in working with refrigeration and air-conditioning systems. Candidates should be F-Gas certified before enrolling on this qualification. Copies of F-Gas certification should be made available to the centre before attendance.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

12 January 2023

End date

13 January 2023

Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

8 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions
PLA: This course is free for employed adults eligible for a Personal Learning Account (PLA). To see if you could be eligible for a PLA go to www.cavc.ac.uk/PartTimeFunding - For a full list of PLA courses go to www.cavc.ac.uk/PLA

Course code



City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Hydrocarbon Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and H


What our students say

I decided to get into plumbing because I wanted to earn good money and I needed a career; so I decided on a trade. I do think you get valuable experience on the course which you can apply to your onsite work. The highlight of my time at college has been getting a job.

Emma Ford
Plumbing Level 3 Apprentice

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