Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Level 2 Apprenticeship

From keeping us warm at the cinema to keeping blood at the right temperature for lifesaving operations, air conditioning and refrigeration are fundamental to our lives. The course is aimed at students aged 16 or over who wish to complete a level 2 apprenticeship in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems.

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Level 2 Apprenticeship qualifications are intended for those involved with the installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems. This will equip learners with skills and knowledge to support a career in this sector. The delivery of learning is done through theory and practical sessions at Colchester institute combined with work based evidence gathered in a portfolio.

What are the benefits?

  • Amazing facilities on-site at Colchester Institute for training to support the continued workplace learning.
  • Employers can invest in their future workforce by equipping learners with skills and knowledge to support a career in this sector.
  • The apprenticeship includes a Category 1F Gas qualification and Level 3 Electrical Theory and Practical unit.
Course Content

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Level 2 Apprenticeship course content:

The course combines developing your practical and theoretical skills at College, together with experience gained in the workplace. The course includes a category 1 F Gas qualification and Level 3 electrical theory and practical unit.

How will I be assessed

There are 14 units and will be assessed practically and through written assessments together with two units completed within a work based portfolio. This will be including a minimum of two site visits.

What award will I achieve?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in refrigeration and air conditioning. Pathway 04 for refrigeration is available.

What next?

Possible progression onto L3 NVQ and Level 4 & 5 education programmes.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in this area of working. Academic requirements are GCSEs at grades C and above in maths and English or Level 2 Maths and Level 2 English. Individuals that do not meet the qualification criteria can still be considered.

Requirements in the Workplace

The ability for the learner to carry out tasks connected to this course and assistance to provide evidence of this activity.

How To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship please read through the information below and then select the correct application button from the menu located further down the page.

If you are aged between 15 and 18 years old then please click the button ’15 – 18 Years – Apply Online’ and you will be taken to the next stage of the application process.

If you are aged 19 years or older please click the button ‘19+ Years – How to Apply‘, where you will be taken to the application options and information relevant to you.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Level 2 Apprenticeship
Course Outline: Aimed at those who wish to complete a level 2 apprenticeship in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump systems.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 2
CampusColchester Institute
Attendance1 day per week.
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£4,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£200

Employer Information

Our Business Solutions team will work with you to recruit an Apprentice to your business, advertising the vacancy and managing applications, as well as providing a dedicated account manager and personal 1:1 advice and guidance on apprenticeships.

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee. Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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