Jump directly to main content Jump directly to menu

Level 3 Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician (HESTA) Apprenticeship Standard

The refrigeration air conditioning and Heat Pump Engineering Technician plans, prepares and safely carries out work in process, product and space cooling, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumping. The work is for key UK business activities such as: food production, product distribution, retail storage and display, transport and office climate control, manufacturing processes (e.g. petrochemical, pharmaceutical), IT/data centres and medical/ healthcare services temperature and environmental control.

Our Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heat Pump (RACHP) Engineering Technician apprenticeship is for individuals new to working in the sector who want to be trained in the practical aspects of installing, commissioning, testing and maintaining refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems and learn the underpinning scientific and mathematical principles involved with vapour compression cycles and refrigerants.

The knowledge, skills and behaviours for this role will be developed over the duration of the apprenticeship.
Maths and English will be embedded within the apprenticeship.

Typical Job Roles:

Refrigeration Technician/Engineer, Air Conditioning Technician/Engineering, Heat pump Technician/Engineer, Service Technician/Engineer, Maintenance Technician/Engineer, Commissioning Engineer

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 3

  • Duration

    This apprenticeship has a typical duration of 36 months training period plus additional time to complete the end point assessment

Enquire about this Apprenticeship

Learners will attend HESTA on a day release basis. A minimum of 6 hours per week will be spent on working towards the apprenticeship standard. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.

All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

Apprentices without level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Employers may set their own criteria.

Financial Support

Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.

Course Fees


We do not currently have fee information available for this course. Please contact us for further information.


Apply or enquire about this course

Please use the following links to make an application or enquiry about this course.


Apply online Make an enquiry Call 01724 281 111

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details