The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) have released their latest and the first 2017 CoolChange newsletter.
The March 2017 issue of CoolChange focuses on: the success of the ARC’s summer advertising campaign, the ARC’s auto gas education campaign, the review of the Certificate II split system qualification, a reminder for restricted licence holders on the scope of works they are permitted to complete, the ARC’s industry careers video, WorkSafe Victoria’s safety alert on flammable refrigerants, information on dry nitrogen and the Standards that its use falls under, Refrigerants Australia, impending future:gas seminars, and the suspension and cancellation of RTAs.
The CoolChange newsletter states that the ARC’s summer advertising campaign “is all about promoting and driving consumers to use ARC licensed technicians”. The newsletter also emphasised the campaign’s success in comparison to last year’s summer, specifically focusing on the visits to the Look for the Tick website, the use of the RTA directory and licence check facility, and the number of information guide downloads.
The ARC also provided details on their auto gas education campaign, which has been approved by the Department of the Environment and Energy. The campaign will focus on raising awareness of current and emerging refrigerants in the automotive industry. The campaign will start in Victoria and will include the development and distribution of educational wall charts and packs, and a dedicated page on the ARC website.
The ARC also provided details on the review they have initiated of the competencies associated with the Certificate II split system qualification. RACCA President and ARC Chairperson, Kevin O’Shea, stated in the newsletter that the review “will identify if the training competencies still meet the requirements of the scope of works permitted by the restricted licence.” Mr O’Shea also emphasised the importance of qualifications and licence types remaining relevant and appropriate. The reminder that the ARC provides for restricted licence holders emphasises the consequences and risks that could come from working beyond their permitted scope.
This issue of CoolChange also featured articles on career development opportunities, specifically on the release of their industry careers video and the dates of this year’s future:gas seminars. The ARC emphasised that the video was aimed at high school students with the purpose of getting them excited about the trade as a career possibility. The future:gas seminars have been organised and supported by industry associations, including RACCA, and will kick off in Newcastle in June and conclude in Albury in September.
This issue of CoolChange also featured WorkSafe Victoria’s safety alert on the safe use of flammable refrigerants, an ARC member profile on Refrigerants Australia, and a reminder for businesses to keep records and equipment available in accordance with RTA conditions.
CoolChange‘s March 2017 newsletter can be read in full here.
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