Industry bodies warn about air-conditioning training

CIBSE and HVCA have issued a joint state on warning that some training courses on offer may not be valid to carry out air-conditioning inspectors. The statement is as follows: ‘It has come to the attention of CIBSE and HVCA that a number of training organisations are offering air conditioning inspector training based on a proposed ABBE diploma in air-conditioning inspection.

‘CIBSE and HVCA wish to point out that this diploma has not been accredited by CLG as a suitable qualification for those seeking accreditation as air conditioning inspectors.’

Both associations note that candidates for training courses are not required to have any previous experience or qualifications. ‘This is a serious cause for concern as the National Occupational Standard upon which the diploma is said to be based is written on the assumption that those being accredited will have at least two years’ previous experience of working with air-conditioning systems. This level of competence cannot be achieved through a 4-day course with some homework and an examination.’

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