Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship


In this 4-year apprenticeship, the apprentice works in industry and attends school for 6-8 weeks each year, (level 1 & 2 are 6 weeks and level 3  & 4 are 8 weeks). These four blocks of  technical training and 5 years of on-the-job training will progress the apprentice through the full spectrum of learning required to become a Qualified Journeyperson.  

Admission Requirements

  • You must be a registered apprentice within BC.
  • Persons wishing to become apprentices must be employed with a business that employs a qualified journeyperson. The Industry Training Authority (ITA) sets up a registration for apprenticeship between the apprentice, the employer and the ITA.

Program Outline

Level 1 (6 weeks)
  • Trade Math
  • Safety
  • Welding and Brazing
  • Basic Work Skills
  • Drafting Skills
  • Hand, Power and Measuring Tools
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Apply Basic Electrical Concepts
  • Use Electrical Wiring Schematics
  • Apply Single Phase Motor Theory
  • Apply Proper Piping Practices
  • Fundamentals of Refrigeration
  • Refrigeration System Cycles
  • Refrigeration System Components
Level 2 (6 weeks)
  •  B52-Code L2
  •  Basic Arc Welding and Welding Safety
  •  Use Air Measurement Tools
  •  Computerized Refrigeration Load Calculations
  •  Transformers, Proportional Control
  •  Theory and Protection of Single Phase Motors
  •  Three Phase Motor Theory
  •  Heat Transfer and Insulation
  •  Refrigeration System Cycles
  •  Food Storage Fundamentals
  •  Air Conditioning Fundamentals
  •  Refrigeration System Components
Level 3 (8 weeks)
  • B52-Code-L3
  • System Start up Procedures
  • Perform Air Measurements
  • Computers and DDC Control Systems
  • Single Phase Motor Protection and Service
  • Refrigerant Pipe Sizing
  • Hydronics, Capacity Control and Dehydration
  • Refrigeration System Cycles
  • Air Conditioning Loads, Psychrometrics, Fan System
  • Refrigeration, System Components
Level 4 (8 weeks)
  • B52 Code—L4
  • Integrated Controls
  • Proportional Control
  • Canadian Electrical Code
  • Troubleshoot Electrical Circuits
  • Three Phase Motor Starters
  • Semi-Conductor Concepts
  • Code Requirements for Piping
  • Electric, Electronic and Pneumatic Controls
  • Capacity Control of Refrigeration System
  • Refrigeration System Cycles
  • Fan Systems and Heat Exchanges
  • Refrigeration System Components
  • Natural Gas Theory

Program Fees

  • For tuition information visit Apprenticeship Tuition Fees.
  • Students must supply approved safety boots and coveralls.
  • Income support for apprentices attending technician-training courses is provided by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) through regular employment insurance eligibility.
  • For financial and other useful documents visit Important Documents

Employment Opportunities

The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic will write the Red Seal exam on the last date of the level 4 technical training. Successful completion provides the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic.

Red Seal certified workers can work anywhere in Canada where their trade is designated. Labour mobility is essential for the Canadian workforce. For skilled tradespeople, the Red Seal is the recognized passport to mobility in trades across Canada. 

How to Apply

Applications can be completed online here or over the phone. There is no application fee.

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Program Contact

Apprenticeship Office

(250) 762-5445 (Local 4733)
Toll Free: 1-800 621-3038