New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trades Assistant) (Level 3)

Programme highlights

Build up your basic refrigeration and air conditioning skills and you could shorten your apprenticeship by up to one year.

Develop core hands-on skills in refrigeration engineering, including relevant welding and electrical skills, so you can install, maintain, service and commission refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment.

At MIT our refrigeration and air conditioning facilities include a dedicated coolroom and up-to-date testing equipment and refrigeration and air conditioning plant used in industry. Our experienced tutors have international and local experience.

Note: There will an extra charge of $136.90 for the Electrical Appliance Serviceperson (EAS) exam and practical assessment. $50 of which is an admin fee and not loanable.

Key facts

Study Method 34 weeks (full-time) (three days per week) or 2 years part –time with 2 3-week block courses required
Applications Close when the programme is full
Level 3
Credits 120
Fees Free* or $6,400 (approx.)
International Student Fees NZD$21,600 (approx.)
Study Location MIT Otara

*Free Study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 19 year olds (Youth Guarantee). Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs may also apply. Visit for more information. Information is correct at December 2016. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted on this website are based on the indicative 2017 fee structure. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. If your fees are paid by credit card, a credit card fee will be payable in addition to programme fees. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.

Career opportunities

Refrigeration engineers in areas such as building services and maintenance, food and wine processing, or in various domestic, commercial and industrial settings.

Programme structure

Students complete the following courses:

  • Core Electrical
  • Core Engineering
  • First Aid
  • Refrigeration
  • Welding

Further study

Ongoing study is offered and managed through the relevant ITO (Industry Training Organisation).  You will need to be employed in your trade to complete Level 4 apprenticeship training.  Contact us to find out more about which ITO can support you with your on going study.

Programme Code NZ2365
Qualification NZ Certificate

34 weeks (full-time) (three days per week) Incl. seven weeks break or 2 years part –time with 2 3-week block courses required

Start Dates February and July

Start dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view our Academic Year and Key Dates

Offered by

Faculty of Engineering and Trades - School of Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the programme; and
  • have English language competence to undertake this programme which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicant whose first language is not English may be requested to provide evidence of an IELTS (Academic) band score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 or equivalent.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the attitudes and ability to work and study at the level required for the programme. The above attributes may be assessed through an interview or on the application form as deemed appropriate by the School of Mechanical Trades.

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International students

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Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Faculty Dean.

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