Course Synopsis:

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

The Typical candidate for this course is working in the Small commercial refrigeration equipment market or the Domestic heat pump Market.

This award is designed to meet the competence and training requirements of European Regulation (EC) No. 517/2014, Category II. 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.

Access to the programme is limited to learners who are actively working in the commissioning and servicing of refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or planning to work with heat pump systems (under 3 kgs). Such learners must hold an advanced trades certificate, or equivalent academic qualification, possibly in a related field. Such candidates must also complete an appropriate skill, knowledge and language course/assessment prior to commencing on the programme. 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


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 compressors.


Unit 6

  • Environment-friendly handling of the system and refrigerant during installation, maintenance, servicing, or recovery


Unit 7

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


Unit 8

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


Unit 9

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


Unit 10

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


Unit 11

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