What Licenses are required to install a Split System?
Who is licensed to do what?
As most refrigerants used in split systems are CFCs' or HFC’s that have very high GWP (Global Warming Potential) that depletes the Earths’ Ozone Layer, Australia introduced the Federal Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations in 1995 and incorporated the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) to manage and license the air conditioning and refrigeration sector.
Australian Refrigeration Council
The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is the Federal organisation who licenses technicians with ‘Refrigerant Handling Licenses’ (RHL) to work with restricted substances, such as refrigerants, in accordance with Federal and International Standards and Laws.
Two License Types
There two types of Refrigerant Handling Licenses (RHL) that permit individuals to undertake work with air conditioners in Australia. They are:
- RAC01 - Unrestricted Refrigeration and Air conditioning Licence.
- RSS03 - Restricted (Single Head Split Systems).
- RSS03 is not permitted to repair any air conditioner.
- RSS03 is not permitted to maintain any air conditioner.
- RSS03 is not permitted to install any multi-split system.
- RSS03 is not permitted to install any ducted air conditioning system.
- RSS03 is not permitted to add HFC or CFC refrigerant to any air conditioning system after installation.
- RSS03 is not permitted to charge HFC or CFC refrigerant to any air conditioning system after a fault.
All multi-split and ducted air conditioning systems must be installed by a RAC01 licensed technician. Any multi-split or ducted units installed by a RSS03 (restricted) license holder is classed as unlicensed work and will render the manufacturer's warranty void.
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