Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Engineer


Refrigeration and air conditioning engineers manufacture, install and maintain the components used in air conditioning and refrigeration systems. These systems provide a climate-controlled environment, so storing and transporting perishable items such as food and medicine is possible. 

Your work environment can change from a shipping container to an apartment block one day to the next.

Career Options

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineer, Air Conditioning Systems Designer, Industrial Refrigeration Engineer, Commercial Refrigeration Engineer, and Transport Refrigeration Engineer.

Entry Requirements

  • New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • At least 16 years of age (unless early leaving exemption (ELX) has been granted).
  • While not a prerequisite, it is recommended that people enrolling in this programme hold the National Certificate in Education Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 or equivalent.
  • People enrolling in this programme must hold a relevant position in an engineering or manufacturing organisation and have signed an apprenticeship training agreement.
Refrigeration Engineer Apprenticeship


New Zealand Certificate in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (Trade) (level 4)






Approx 48 months

Study Type

Workplace Based/ Online/Self Study

Starting time

Any Time


NZ Wide

Approved by


Leads To

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Level 6) with strands in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Fire Engineering

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