By Barney Richardson
This year SARACCA embarked on a recognition process to bring uniformity to training in the safe handling of refrigerants regarding the registration of authorised refrigeration gas practitioners with SAQCC Gas.
This duty is performed by us as an accredited association member of SAQCC Gas with the responsibility to review and process applications for registration of authorised refrigerant gas practitioners in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry in terms of the pressure equipment regulations incorporated in the OHS Act.
South Africa, as a signatory country to the Montreal Protocol, has the obligation to abide by the requirements as set out by the Montreal Protocol and its amendments to ensure that all persons handling refrigerants are trained in the safe use and understand the requirements and responsibilities regarding the recovery of refrigerants and the phase-out of HCFCs and HFCs. There is also the additional knowledge requirement of handling the natural refrigerants.
Accreditation recognition is given to training providers who offer learning programmes aligned to the NQF registered unit standards and qualifications. This recognition must also be seen as an audit of the provider’s learning programme and assessment system. It ensures that learning and assessments result in a nationally recognised formal qualification. Applications have been made with DHET and QCTO to achieve this goal within a new National Skills Programme.
It is important that one high-quality standard of training is presented nationally. Only skills development providers that meet the minimum requirements will be accredited by SARACCA. All skills development providers having a core business as training of learners and apprentices for the refrigeration and air conditioning industry must be accredited by the Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
This is important. The accreditation must be valid for periods of three years on renewals. The refrigeration and air conditioning industry’s skills development is facilitated by merSETA as a quality assurance partner to QCTO, and is responsible for the quality assurance through its quality assurance section. QCTO is responsible for the quality assurance of registered qualifications which include the historically registered qualifications.
A recognised training centre must be equipped with a classroom and have the necessary refrigeration learning material available to hand out to candidates. There must be a workshop facility with serviceable cold and freezer rooms for students to work on and be assessed on recovery, pressure testing, evacuation and refrigerant charging.
Other refrigeration or air conditioning equipment from which the refrigerant can be recovered, pressure tested, evacuated and then charged with the appropriate refrigerant must also be available.
The candidates must have access to all necessary refrigeration trade tools and equipment such as recovery units, vacuum pumps, gas cylinders and so on, for the tasks forming the practical assessment.
A facilitator must be an experienced lecturer in the training of refrigeration and air conditioning who is a qualified refrigeration mechanic artisan and is registered with SAQCC Gas.
Trainers must be qualified and accredited by merSETA as assessors for the theoretical and practical assessments. Full and proper records of the training and assessments must be kept.
A moderator accredited by merSETA must do an internal moderation of the theoretical and practical assessments. The assessor and the moderator must not be the same person.
SARACCA RECOGNISED TRAINING PROVIDERS for the SAFE HANDLING of REFRIGERANTS
|Training Centre||Area of training||Contact Person|
|ACRA (Airconditioning & Refrigeration Academy) Kempton Park||All A1, A2, A3 & B2 refrigerants||Grant Laidlaw|
|MCD Training Centre Vereeniging||All A1 & A3 refrigerants||Jannie Kotze|
|Ifihile Training Academy Midrand||All A1 & A3 refrigerants||Ben Ackerman|
|Paddy’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning||All A1 & A3 refrigerants||Leshen Padayachee|
|Shukela Training Centre Mount Edgecombe||All A1 & A3 refrigerants||Kevin Crawford|
|ACRA (Airconditioning & Refrigeration Academy) Umbilo||All A1 & A3 refrigerants||Gordon Banks|
|Dawsons Training Academy Durban||Automotive AC|| Gary Dawson
|IETISA (Industry Education and Training Institute) Port Elizabeth||All A1 & A3 refrigerants|| Craig Hendricks
|Techniskills Montague Gardens||All A1,A3 & B2 refrigerants||Geoff Hobbs|
|Ammonia Training Solutions (ACRA) Cape Town||B2 – Ammonia Only||Gerhard Koch|
|ACRA (Ambient Control)||All A1 & A3 refrigerants||Frances Reineke|
Revised 26 OPctober 2020