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Refrigerant Handling

Autoclimate offers on site or classroom-based training for Refrigerant Handling Certification.

The on-site option involves less cost and disruption. On request ( registration), Autoclimate issues a full information pack detailing the preparation work. When complete, notify Autoclimate and an Autoclimate assessor will attend site and carry out the assessment.

The classroom option involves attending a tutorial session at the Autoclimate Training Centre followed by the assessment.

Candidates achieving the pass level are awarded a City & Guilds 7543-001 certificate.



City & Guilds 7543-001 is a ‘lifetime qualification’. There are no subsequent re-test or top-up requirements and therefore represents a cost effective investment.



Operator Training

As part of the installation process for each Robinair RMS machine, the commissioning engineer will carry out a basic operator training session for the specific RMS – at no additional charge.

Up to 6 technicians can be trained in a single session of about 2 hours duration covering the machine operation and use instructions.

Following this session, technicians are issued with a certificate to confirm that they are able to operate the specific RMS in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.

Please note: It is a legal requirement that technicians hold a City & Guilds 7543-001 Refrigerant Handling Certificate or an equivalent qualification

Vocational Training

Autoclimate offers a comprehensive vocational air conditioning training programme.

The modular courses are held at the Autoclimate Training Centre in Shrewsbury.

Each module is well structured – working towards desired outcomes at each stage.

Theoretical explanations are supported by illustrations, practical exercises, workshop activity and classroom assessments.

Multiple choice is used to minimise the need for written assessments.

To obtain maximum value it is recommended that all modules are completed – with an interval of 3-6 months between each module.

Prior to starting the programme, the technician can register for a City & Guilds Profile of Achievement – this is then awarded on completion of the final stage.


Module 1
A/C Fundamentals and Refrigerant Handling - 2 days

First principles of theory through to legislation covering the ozone layer and the greenhouse effect, service equipment, procedures and practical assessment.

Module 2
A/C Components - 1 day
Builds detailed understanding of the operation, purpose, construction and types of key components. Sample procedures are given for liquid refrigerant flushing and retrofit, i.e. converting R12 systems to R134a.
Module 3
Auto Electrics Introduction - 1 day
Provides technicians with a basic overview of general principles and specifics relevant to A/C, includes practical exercises on fault finding.
Module 4
Basic Diagnostics - 1 day
Reviews the principles of A/C, with detail on fault finding for both thermostatic expansion valve (TXV) and fixed orifice tube (FOT) systems, using gauge pressures for diagnostics. Key repair procedures are included.
Module 5
Climate Control - 1 day
Introduces climate control configurations, functions, operations and components before examining diagnostic techniques for climate control components, dual zone systems and twin evaporator systems.
Module 6
Advanced Diagnostics - 1 day
Reviews A/C principles and components, diagnostic equipment, correct procedures, practical fault finding and recommended repair procedures.


Training Manual

The Autoclimate Training Manual, covering all six modules, is available for purchase. There is no requirement to attend the Vocational Training Programme.

- Go from beginner to expert within weeks

- Clear modular structure develops knowledge in simple, easy-to-follow stages

- Step-by-step procedures for service, diagnostics and repair

- 300 pages of explanation, illustration, diagrams and photographs to aid understanding

Order Part no. 03500-0000





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