Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics install, maintain and service residential, commercial, industrial and institutional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration units and systems. They also connect to air delivery systems, install and service hydronic and secondary refrigerant systems and associated controls. Their duties include laying out reference points for installation, assembling and installing components, installing wiring to connect components to an electric power supply and calibrating related controls. They also measure, cut, bend, thread and connect pipe to functional components and utilities. They maintain and service systems by inspecting and testing components, brazing and soldering parts to repair defective joints, adjusting and replacing worn or defective components and reassembling repaired components and systems. As part of service and commissioning, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics start-up, test, charge, adjust, calibrate, balance, measure, verify, maintain and document systems.

If you are unclear as to what program you are registered in, or unclear as to which program you should be following, please contact ITA Customer Service

OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS THE REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING MECHANIC PROGRAM WILL BE CHANGING. WHERE ARE WE NOW?

DECEMBER 2019 - NOVEMBER 2020

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4

Harmonized*

Harmonized*

Current**

Current**

*Harmonized = Program stream with re-aligned content beginning in December 2019

**Current = Program stream for apprentices who've completed level 1 training before December 2019

HARMONIZED PROGRAM INFORMATION - LEVEL 1 AND 2 IN EFFECT DECEMBER 2019

Program Profile

Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification

Download (140 PDF KB)

Program Outline

Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers

Download (1,483 PDF KB)

Exam Weighting Charts

The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched.

Will be made available when the Harmonized Level 1 exam is launched

See below for information about the current program.  

Program Updates:

Transitioning to the Harmonized Program​

Standardized Level Exams

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 164.35 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.48 MB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 133.65 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 171.16 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 57.04 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 95.08 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 246.44 KB)