The CO2 Systems Training Course designed and delivered by the Beijer Ref companies – Kirby and SCM Frigo has delivered a significant industry contribution by providing HVAC&R technicians an accessible and free means of gaining practical and relevant CO2 refrigerant and systems knowledge.

The CO2 Systems Training course was developed with the purpose to keep building the technical expertise and confidence amongst HVAC&R technicians – to drive acceptance of the technology further. Attendants come away with a better understanding of safe CO2 working practices, a better understanding of critical points vs HFC systems and more confidence in servicing and maintaining CO2 transcritical and subcritical systems.

Over a timeframe of 16 months, Kirby and SCM Frigo successfully delivered over 158 hours of training hours and trained 230 industry technicians.  Being an internally developed and delivered course has allowed the format to remain adaptable to meet specific customer needs and deliverability to remain largely on demand.

At the time of launch, no other Australian OEM, technology provider or wholesaler had embarked on this level of face to face CO2 training in Australia. The development and delivery of the course has been industry thought provoking – challenging the concept of supplier vs institution based training.



AIRAH’s accredited Professional Diploma in Building Services – HVAC&R is the industry’s definitive postgraduate mechanical engineering training course.

  • Suitable for recent mechanical engineering graduates, or those with significant experience in associated fields of HVAC&R seeking to better understand engineering design processes.
  • Competency-based assessment, verifying each student is self-motivated and prepared to work effectively under senior guidance, at a graduate level in the HVAC&R industry.
  • Outsourced training opportunity for HVAC&R businesses committed to the development of their graduates and staff.

In addition to the theory content provided across four key training areas (Fundamentals; Equipment and Components; Systems; and Practice and Performance), the program takes students on a journey of designing an HVAC system over 12 assignments. Feedback from experienced engineers is provided at every step.

The program offers in-depth experience into the overall journey of an HVAC&R mechanical engineers’ job. Practical takeaways include reviewing a site; presenting design options to a client; calculating heat loads (manually, from basic principles); selecting equipment; designing; compliance assessment; budgeting; energy reporting; and compiling a tendering document.

Students are required to go beyond course material reading. They must also demonstrate their readiness to operate on real-world projects and undertake their own research to determine answers to design problems. Based on industry guidance, successful participants will exhibit initiative, curiosity and creativity in their assignments.

The PDBS accreditation has established itself as the most important education and training tool for HVAC&R industry professionals. Over 220 students have undertaken the program since its release in 2016.



The HVAC Centre of Excellence is the only applied learning facility with a simulated ‘live’ system for balancing and commissioning. The Centre is unique and an important training facility through its simulation and replication of entire systems found in today’s buildings. Students work on equipment in a realistic environment and are shown a wide range of set ups reflective of modern HVAC installs. The Centre builds students’ skills quickly in what would take years in the workplace.

Established though a collaborative partnership between Holmesglen and the AMCA, the Centre is a brand-new, purpose-fit facility to upskill existing climate control technicians and train tomorrow’s mechanical services professionals.

With a focus on the cutting-edge technologies, the Centre features a modern mechanical services laboratory and a BIM laboratory, reflective of contemporary industry practices.

The Centre embraces technologically enhanced learning tools such as augmented reality, which will maximise learning outcomes.

The Centre operates with strong industry connection and input and procured the very latest equipment to ensure students are receiving the best and most up-to-date training. The collaboration between industry and Holmesglen encourages an effective exchange of ideas and industry intelligence to inform the teaching and learning.

The Centre will provide leadership across the vocational education and training sector and drive mechanical services training and innovation in Victoria.