Being an air conditioning engineer is a varied and sometimes challenging job. As such, engineers need to hold a number of professional certifications.
Not only does this give the customer confidence, but it ensures that the engineer can perform to a professional standard. As a customer, it is helpful to know what certifications are mandatory. That way, you know that you are hiring an engineer who is both qualified and able to perform to a leading standard.
Today, we are going to provide a brief overview of the mandatory certifications that a UK based air conditioning engineer is required to have. We hope by doing this, you are better equipped to hire with confidence. Moreover, you will know exactly what to search for in your next engineer.
The Role of an Air Conditioning Engineer
If you have never sought the help of a specialist engineer, you may be confused about the specific role of one.
The role, and responsibilities, of a HVAC engineer is varied. Typically, it will change on a case by case basis. Broadly speaking though, an air conditioning engineer will help someone to maintain and repair their air conditioning system.
Because of the complexity of modern units, an engineer has to undergo specialist training. Once completed, they are awarded certification. In the UK, a number of certifications and training courses are mandatory for any one working within the industry. It is a legal requirement, for example, for engineers to have F-Gas certification.
This ultimately gives the customer peace of mind and ensures that the engineer can perform any tasks to a professional and legal standard. Below we have listed the basic air conditioning technician certification that is required for any one to perform maintenance or repair work.
Air Conditioning Technician Certification Explained
HVAC certification is an important part of being an engineer. Generally speaking, a technician must hold the following certifications:
- F-Gas (REFCOM) certification
- CSCS card
- Manufacturer specific certification
- City & Guilds Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
At D-MEC, we ensure that all engineers have the following certifications as a basic requirement. This allows our team to perform to a leading standard, whilst remaining compliant with legal regulations.
Most HVAC specialist companies are the same. The above certifications ensure that any engineer can perform their job safely. The F-Gas certification, for example, is required for engineers handling refrigerants. Other examples, such as the CSCS card, provides technicians with the knowledge to work safely on building sites, should that be required.
We would always encourage customers to enquire about their engineer’s certification portfolio. By doing so, you can be sure that the technician is qualified and is likely to do a good job. Engineers without proper training and certifications should be avoided.
Qualified Engineers at D-MEC
A refrigeration and air conditioning engineer is useful for those experiencing problems with their HVAC system. As mentioned above, certification is an integral part of becoming an engineer.
Any professional technician should hold sufficient certification. As a customer, you should enquire about their training portfolio to avoid hiring someone who is unlikely to perform to a professional standard.
Our team is fully qualified and experienced, holding the above certification and more. If you require a fully certified and experienced engineer for your next repair job, we encourage you to contact us.