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Carrier Transicold UK Training Academy

Carrier Transicold has launched a Training Academy to help tackle the industry-wide issue around the high average age of technicians, by ensuring a regular flow of new talent into its service partner network.

An initial group of 12 apprentices embarked on a three year apprenticeship with Carrier Transicold in September 2015, and a further 8 enrolled in 2016.

“We’re committed to training the next generation of Carrier Transicold technicians, while at the same time helping to put new recruits on an exciting career path,” said Andy Wainwright, service director, Carrier Transicold UK.

“Our first group got off to a flying start and their feedback on the first two week-long training modules has been fantastic, with satisfaction scores for the two courses averaging more than 96 per cent. We’re also getting great comments from our network service partners - each hugely impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm shown by their trainee technicians,” added Wainwright.

The apprentices will take part in five week-long training courses per year, which are split between Runcorn based 3T Services and Carrier Transicold North West in Liverpool. In between, each apprentice works closely alongside senior colleagues who will mentor them throughout the course at their respective service partner.

“3T Services Training Centre is proud to have assisted in the planning and continuing delivery of this ground-breaking training program”, David Luckett, Managing Director, 3T Services Limited.

Brexit ~ F-Gas is not going anywhere

Despite the outcome of the EU Referendum, the cooling industry will not see any change to the regulations covering the use of fluorinated refrigerant gases (F-Gas) or the requirement for training and refrigerant handling registration, according to experts.

While the original F-Gas Regulation (EC 517/2014) emanated from Brussels and was driven by the European Commission, it was transposed directly into UK law. Therefore, it is now part of the British legal system.

F-Gas Regulations relate to not only stationary equipment but also refrigerated trucks and trailers

Article 4 of the new F-Gas Regulations, EC Reg 517 states that operators of equipment that contain fluorinated gases in quantities of 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or more, must have their equipment leak checked. For example: if the systems contain R404A, then 5 tonnes CO2 equivalent equates to 1.275kg of R404A. So if you operate, maintain or repair such equipment, from the 1st of January 2015 you will need to hold the necessary qualification, such as a City and Guilds 2079. It should be noted that equipment with less than 3Kg but more than 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent of refrigerant, will not have to be leak checked until the 1st January 2017. (The term ‘Refrigerated Truck’ means a motor vehicle with a mass of more than 3.5 tonnes that is designed and constructed primarily to carry goods and that is equipped with a refrigeration unit)

The updated regulations also increase the responsibility on the aforementioned operators with regard to record keeping, recovery and containment.

New Training Centre

2010 sees the opening of our new training centre in Runcorn, Cheshire.

F Gas Regulation Free Advice Service

A UK Government help line has been set up to deal with individual queries about the F-Gas Regulations and they also have a range of useful guidance notes

Telephone Helpline: 0161 874 3663, Email:, Address: F-gas support, PO Box 481, Salford, M50

Company Certification News received from F Gas Support

DEFRA have now designated three bodies are now able to issue Company Certificates – Refcom, Bureau Veritas and Quidos.

It is now a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning or heat-pump (RAC) equipment that contains or is designed to contain "F gas" refrigerants to hold a Company Certificate issued by an appointed Company Certification Body. It is an offence to carry out these activities without a Company Certificate. This legal requirement applies to RAC maintenance contractors and installers, including sole traders, and to RAC end users and facility managers that employ their own qualified staff to carry out the activities described above. The details of Company Certification requirements are also set out in the supporting Commission Regulation 303/2008 as are the definitions of the listed activities.

For an interim company certificate you need:

To apply for a Company Certificate contact one of the following:

HCFC Phase Out

These dates apply to all HCFCs, including the once popular R22;

CFC Phase Out

It is now illegal to use any CFCs to service RAC equipment.