Air-Conditioning & Climate Control

This course facilitates a theoretical and practical understanding of light vehicle air conditioning systems and to assess technician’s theoretical and practical competence in the handling of refrigerant gases according to the DEFRA approved IMIAL Level 3 Award (EC842-2006) (QCF) standards.

On completion the participants will have underpinned their understanding of the fundamentals of how an air-conditioning system functions and will have a broader understanding of the environmental impact the release of refrigerant will have on the world’s climate and global warming.

Course Content

  • Introduction
    Methods of heat transfer, the AC loop
  • Components
    Compressor, condenser, receiver drier, expansion valve, evaporator, orifice tubes, accumulators, pressure switches, evaporator temperature probe
  • Refrigerants and the environment
    Refrigerants types and properties, safe handling of refrigerant, personal protection equipment, Gas cylinder handling, Montréal protocol the facts, Kyoto protocol the facts, F gas regulations, GWP, GWP order of magnitude, health and safety
  • IMI Awards Assessment
    Practical and theoretical assessment according to the IMI awards standards
  • Additional content in the 2-day option
    Introduction to air-conditioning & climate control, health and safety
  • Diagnostics
    Loop diagnostics, control system diagnostics

This course covers the subject areas in less detail than the 2 day Level 2 Air-Conditioning course. It is designed for technicians with existing air conditioning experience who only require Refrigerant Handling Certification. You may be asked to complete a short assessment form as part of your registration to ensure this course and not the 2 day course is suitable.

The Qualification

We offer the IMIAL Level 3 Award in Automotive Refriger- ant Handling (EC842-2006) (QCF). It is important to note that according to the
latest regulations from DEFRA the qualification is valid for life and does not have to be renewed.

Get in touch for course dates & booking info


Open Mon-Fri, 8.00am - 5.30pm and Sat 8am - 1.30pm
FMP Motor Factors, Unit 1, St John's Court, Upper Fforest Way,
Swansea Enterprise Park SA6 8QQ

Port Talbot

Open Mon-Fri, 8.00am - 5.30pm and Sat 8am - 12.30pm
FMP Motor Factors, Unit 30, Baglan Industrial Park,
Port Talbot, SA12 7DJ