Framework Details

Framework Title: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
ID: FR04370
Level/s: 2, 3
Issuing Authority: Instructus
Issue Date: 13/11/2018

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Apprenticeships for occupations in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry are designed to meet the competence requirements of the industry.

Roles in this framework are likely to fit into Standard Occupational Code (SOC): 52

This Apprenticeship Framework document contains six occupation framework pathways at two different levels:

Foundation (Level 2)


Air Conditioning.

Whichever occupation framework pathway is chosen at Foundation (Level 2), it will provide an opportunity for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in an established industry and for employers and apprentices to benefit from the associated structured learning and assessment programme.

Successful completion of a Foundation (Level 2) framework will reflect the ability to select and use relevant knowledge, ideas, skills and procedures to complete well defined tasks and address straightforward problems. They include taking responsibility for completing tasks and procedures and exercising autonomy and judgement subject to overall direction or guidance.

The apprentice also has the competencies to progress to an associated Apprenticeship (Level

3) framework.

These Foundation (Level 2) frameworks can be completed within 24 months. Job roles covered are:

Refrigeration Operative

Air Conditioning Operative.

Apprenticeship (Level 3)


Refrigeration Service and Maintenance Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning Service and Maintenance.

Whichever occupation framework pathway is chosen at Apprenticeship (Level 3), it will provide an opportunity to further develop the skills, knowledge and competence to the level required by job roles such as:

Refrigeration Technician Air Conditioning Technician

Refrigeration Service and Maintenance Technician

Air Conditioning Service and Maintenance Technician.

Normally entry to Apprenticeship (Level 3) occupation framework would be through completion of the relevant Foundation (Level 2) framework or alternatively proven knowledge/experience to an equivalent level.

Successful completion of an Apprenticeship (Level 3) framework reflects the ability to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to complete tasks and address problems that, while well defined, have a measure of complexity. This includes taking responsibility for initiating and completing tasks and procedures as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within parameters. They also reflect awareness of different perspectives or approaches within an area of study or work.

These Apprentice (Level 3) frameworks can be completed within 24 months.

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