Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic

As a refrigeration mechanic you’ll build, install, repair and service residential, commercial and industrial cooling and heating systems. Part of your job will involve using welding and brazing equipment to measure, cut and connect pipe, and recharge systems with refrigerant gases. You’ll connect rooftop units to gas, test and balance systems, and connect electrical systems. And you’ll have the capacity to operate and adjust computerized controls, use computer software to calculate loads, work on large machines and prepare work estimates for clients.

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation

Gain the skills needed for entry-level position as an apprentice in the refrigeration field.


What you'll learn

  • Construction safety and proper use of ladders, scaffolding and trade-specific tools.
  • Piping basics including swaging, flaring, soldering and brazing. You’ll learn to properly install piping on a working refrigeration system.
  • Refrigeration theory including heat transfer, temperature pressure conversions and calculations, components and practical working applications.
  • Electrical theory including single- and three-phase motors, wiring diagrams and control installation.

What makes TRU's program unique

  • Large, open shop featuring new refrigeration training equipment.
  • Job shadows as part of the program, and great networking with industry professionals to facilitate job placement.
  • Gas theory and hands-on training that is not included in standard refrigeration foundation programs.

What you'll graduate with

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Foundation Certificate of Completion
  • The in-school technical training for level 1 of apprenticeship
  • 425 work-based hours towards apprenticeship

Program requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • Grade 10 Math and English
  • Successful score on ACCUPLACER
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Next program intakes

Jul 31, 2023 to Feb 2, 2024
Limited Space

Feb 5, 2024 to Jul 26, 2024

Program length

25 weeks


Apprenticeship Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Program

Apprenticeship provides refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic certification through work-based training and in-school technical training. Employers sponsor students for the work-based training and TRU offers the in-school technical training for levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 of your apprenticeship.

Level 1 consists of six weeks of technical training, level 2 consists of seven weeks of technical training and level 3 and 4 each consist of ten weeks of technical training. Once you’ve completed all four levels and the required work-based hours, you’ll receive a Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic Certificate of Apprenticeship and qualify to write the interprovincial Red Seal exam for your Certificate of Qualification.

Optional hybrid learning available

TRU offers the option of in-class or online synchronous learning.

  • Level 1 is four weeks optional and two weeks onsite.
  • Level 2 is five weeks optional and two weeks onsite.
  • Level 3 is seven weeks optional and three weeks onsite.
  • Level 4 is six weeks optional and four weeks onsite.
Additional equipment/supplies provided by student

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning apprentices must purchase the required textbooks and provincial competency manuals.

Program requirements

  • Must be a registered apprentice with SkilledTradesBC and possess a valid apprenticeship number
  • Sponsored by an employer registered by SkilledTradesBC
  • Must be in good physical health

Apprenticeship training dates

Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 1September 11, 2023October 20, 2023KamloopsFull
Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 3October 10, 2023December 15, 2023KamloopsLimited Space
Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 2October 30, 2023December 15, 2023KamloopsLimited Space
Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 1January 2, 2024February 9, 2024KamloopsLimited Space
Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 3January 2, 2024March 8, 2024KamloopsAvailable
Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 2February 20, 2024April 5, 2024KamloopsAvailable
Refrigeration Mechanic (Harmonized) - Level 4March 18, 2024May 24, 2024KamloopsAvailable
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Costs for Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Mechanic programs

Fees are subject to change.

Costs include items such as student/ancillary fees, books, personal tools and safety gear, which are kept by students when they graduate from the program.

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Pete Arkesteyn
Pete Arkesteyn

Pete is a Red Seal refrigeration mechanic with a gasfitter Class A qualification. He worked in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration field for nearly 30 years, before hanging up his tools to pass on his knowledge and experience to students. He enjoys hockey, hiking and biking through Kamloops’ great outdoors, and volunteering with community groups.