Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship

*RACM Apprenticeship training is currently undergoing Harmonization*

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is currently undertaking the Harmonization Initiative with 30 Red Seal Endorsed trades by 2020.  The goal of harmonization is to align apprenticeship systems across Canada by making the apprenticeship training requirements more consistent between Provinces and Territories to allow for apprentice mobility.

Adjustments to curriculum has created gaps between current levels and harmonized levels, some of which are covered by gap training. Apprentices currently completing their technical training in the current stream must ensure they complete their technical training before the harmonization date of that specific level or transition into the harmonized system.

Below is a chart outlining the implementation date for harmonized curriculum for each level.


Harmonization Implementation Timeline


Harmonization Date

Last Current Intake Offered at OC

Gap Training

Level 1 /Foundation / Youth

December 1, 2019

May 11, 2019


Level 2

December 1, 2019

Sep 9, 2019


Level 3

December 1, 2020

Oct 26, 2020

30 hours

Level 4

December 1, 2021

Jan 6, 2020


For more information on Harmonization, please visit the Industry Training Authority (ITA) website at

Current Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:

Option 1: Complete the Current Program

Apprentices that began their training prior to December 1, 2019 are encouraged to complete each level of technical training in their current streams as follows:

  • Level 2 by November 30, 2019
  • Level 3 by November 30, 2020
  • Level 4 by November 30, 2021

Option 2: Transition from the Current stream to the Harmonized stream

Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream.

  • Current Level 2 to Harmonized  Level 3 – 30 hours of gap training

If you have any questions or would like to schedule your next level of technical training please see our Apprenticeship FAQsor contact the Trades and Apprenticeship Office.

Toll-free: 1-800-621-3038
Office location: T115, 1000 KLO Rd, Kelowna



Successful completion grants the apprentice with the Certificate of Qualification as a Red Seal Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic.

Achieving your Red Seal Endorsement (RSE) will provide you with a set of nationally recognized and transferable skills that will provide you with an opportunity for employment across Canada.

All trades offered at Okanagan College lead to the Red Seal


     Campus: Kelowna 
                    1000 KLO Rd.


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