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IOR and BRA update cooling training and certification guidance

A second edition of the Commercial Code of Practice had been made available online to set out updated training opportunities in the cooling sector

Updated guidance detailing a range of qualifications and skills certification available across the cooling sector has been issued by two major industry bodies.

A second edition of the Commercial Code of Practice has been jointly published by the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and British Refrigeration Association (BRA) have published.

Among key updates included in the latest edition of the guide is an outline of requirements for the new RACHP Apprenticeship Standard ‘trailblazer’ scheme. The apprenticeship standard is considered hugely important for technicians coming into the workplace by incorporating a high level of employer involvement and job training, according to the IOR and BRA.

A statement from the two organisations noted, “The Code of Practice also includes an appendix with a list of other older qualifications and apprenticeship schemes, and sections on mandatory and voluntary certificates of training and registration of personnel (ACRIB SKILLCARD), so it provides an overview of sector qualification for those responsible for recruitment of technicians and engineers.”

The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) has also played a role in updating the guidance, which can be downloaded for free at the following link. It details the types of certificates and qualifications relating to refrigeration, heat pump use and air conditioning.

IOR chief executive Miriam Rodway said the launch of the revamped guide reflected significant technical changes that have occurred in cooling.

She added, “There have been some very significant changes in the world of skills, training and qualifications in the past few years and this jointly published guide will provide employers with information about what has changed in the new RACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship, what their role and responsibilities in supporting their apprentices through on the job training will be in the future, and which new City & Guilds qualifications have been designed to train apprentices up to the required industry standards”.


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