F-Gas category I QQI

F-Gas category I QQI

Course Synopsis:

Level 5 QQI Special Purpose Certificate in F-gas Handling in Large RACHPT&T Systems Category I (10 Credits)

This course is aimed at candidates working in the commercial and Industrial refrigeration& Air conditioning sector.


This award is designed to meet the competence and training requirements of European Regulation (EC) No. 517/2014, Category I. The qualification is aimed at any individual seeking to work with F-gas in stationary refrigeration and Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation (HVAC) equipment, together with the refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers.

The programme has been developed to comply with current European Union (EU) and national regulations on the control and certification of people dealing with fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases), as specified by the current European Union (EU) and national regulations.

Typical Learner:

Our typical learner is a trade qualified technician dealing with refrigeration, HVAC and heat pumps. They will range from sole traders through to maintenance technicians working for multinational companies. This is a qualification designed for experienced workers, it is not entry level qualification.

Access to the programme is limited to learners currently undertaking Phase 2 of their apprenticeship in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning or who hold an advanced trades certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning. Entry can also be achieved for those actively working in the commissioning and servicing of refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems who hold an advanced trades certificate, or equivalent academic qualification, together with documented relevant work experience in refrigeration and air conditioning. Such candidates must also complete an appropriate skill, knowledge, and language assessment, prior to commencing on the programme and complete a colour blindness test.

Theory classes can be provided in house or at a suitable location around Ireland. Practical classes will take place in our workshops in county Louth.

This course requires 100 learning hours split between Theory classes, Practical classes and self-directed learning.

Unit 1

  • Identify basic systems, terms, principles, units and how these relate to theory and thermodynamics of vapour compression cycles and refrigerants

Unit 2

  • The environmental impact of refrigerants and corresponding environmental regulations

Unit 3

Carry out checks including :

  • pressure drop test.
  • Pressure strength & System Evacuation Record keeping

Unit 4

  • Identify stationary refrigerant, air conditioning and heat-pump system components, functions, and leakage risk.

Unit 5

  • Carry out a component installation, putting into operation and maintenance of reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, single and two-

Unit 6

  • Carry out a component installation, putting into operation and maintenance of air-cooled and water-cooled

Unit 7

  • Carry out a component installation, putting into operation and maintenance of air and water-based evaporators.

Unit 8

  • Carry out a component installation, putting into operation and servicing of Thermostatic Expansion Valves (TEV) and other components.

Unit 9

  • Piping: building a leak-tight piping system in a refrigeration installation

Unit 10

  • Know the relevant alternative technologies to replace or to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases and about their safe handling.

Unit 11

  • Understand the operation & function of the following components
  • valves (ball valves, diaphragms, globe valves, relief valves),
  • temperature and pressure controls,
  • sight glasses and moisture indicators,
  • defrost controls,
  • system protectors,
  • measuring devices as manifold thermometer,
  • oil control systems,
  • receivers,
  • liquid and oil separators

Unit 12

  • Understand and carryout Direct Leak Checking

Unit 13

  • Environment-friendly handling of the system and refrigerant during installation, maintenance, servicing, or recovery (refrigerant quantity in excess of 5 Tons equivalency of )

Unit 14

  • Control Adjustment: reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors, single and two-stage.
  • Adjust the safety and control
  • Adjust the suction and discharge
  • Check the oil return

Unit 15

  • Control Adjustment: air cooled and water-cooled
  • Adjust the safety and control
  • Adjust discharge Pressure
  • Check the discharge and liquid
  • Purge non-condensable gases out of the condenser using a refrigeration purging device.

Unit 16

  • Control Adjustment: air and water-based
  • Adjust an evaporating pressure control of the
  • Adjust the safety and control
  • Check the hot gas defrost
  • Adjust evaporation pressure regulation

Unit 17

  • Control Adjustment: Thermostatic Expansion Valves (TEV) and other components
  • Install Valves in correct
  • Adjust a mechanical/electronic
  • Adjust mechanical and electronic
  • Adjust a pressure-regulated
  • Adjust mechanical and electronic pressure
  • Check the functioning of an oil
  • Check the condition of a filter