Refrigeration and

Air Conditioning Mechanic

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics (RACM) are naturally logical and persistent, which serves them well as they fix heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

As a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, you’ll install, maintain, and repair residential central air conditioning systems, commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning systems, and combined heating, ventilation and cooling systems.

This will require you to draw from your agile and independent nature, as you’re quick to spring into action and figure out the issues at hand.

What You'll Learn

  • How to read and interpret blueprints, drawings and other specifications 
  • How to install, troubleshoot and overhaul entire heating, ventilation, air handling, refrigeration and air conditioning systems 
  • How to repair and replace parts and components for entire refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pump systems 
  • How to measure, cut and connect piping 
  • How to prepare work estimates, work orders and inspection sheets 

Key Job Skills

  • Troubleshooting 
  • Fundamentals of refrigeration 
  • Electrical components and safety 
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning installation 
  • Air conditioning servicing 

Technical Training

To get certified, you will need to sign up for technical training at an approved training provider in addition to on-the-job training. 

Visit Trades Training BC and EducationPlannerBC for a comprehensive list of what programs are available in your trade at public and non-public schools. 

For a list of all approved non-public training providers, visit this page.

Technical Training 33 weeks over 4 years
Work-Based Training
6210 HOURS
Salary Range Hourly
$19.00 — $46.50

Program Updates:

  • January 2023: For information regarding Year 4 of transition, please see the Transition Update or the Transition Plan for more details. Apprentices who have completed Current Level 2 (CL2) or Current Level 3 (CL3) should contact their Apprenticeship Advisor to discuss options for addressing gaps in their training before taking their next level of technical training.

  • February 2019OPSN-2019-001 Program changes

  • OPSN Archives

Please be aware that changes have been made to the Gasfitter - Class B program, please view OPSN 2018 002.1 for details. 

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Challenge the


If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.