Fgas Qualification for Technical Services Personnel
The Fgas Fundamentals programme for Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning (RAC) experienced technicians and refrigeration craftsperson’s who require upskilling to meet with Fgas Category I requirements. This course should be complemented with on-the-job coaching.
The Fgas Regulations (EC 303:2008) states that it is an offence to work with refrigeration, air conditioning or heat pump equipment without appropriate certification. Included in the scope of the regulations are the following activities:
• Service & Maintenance
• Refrigerant Recovery
• Leak Checking
Since January 2010, all relevant personnel involved in the installation, service and maintenance of RAC systems must have a recognised Fgas handling Qualification (QQI/FETAC, City & Guilds or Other European Equivalent)
This programme has been designed to provide the participant with the relevant knowledge, skill, and competence to work on their own initiative and without supervision, on RAC equipment that contains Fgas in accordance to the Fgas regulatory standards.
The overall aim of this programme is to ensure participants have the ability and can demonstrate a working knowledge of (i) their legal responsibilities as per the EU Fgas regulations, (ii) how Fgas refrigerants impact on the environment and (iii) how the use of Fgas refrigerant impacts on the installation, operation, service and maintenance of RAC equipment.
On completion of this course participants will able to:
- Demonstrate the preventative maintenance knowledge required for a variety of vapour compression systems using Fgas and take corrective measures to prevent leakage of refrigerant(s)
- Carry out intrusive work on Fgas refrigeration equipment, including the fitting of major components
- Carry out leak detection and refrigerant recovery on Fgas refrigeration equipment in compliance with current EU and national regulations
Each of the 4 sections cover different aspects of the course. Sufficiently experienced technicians will only need the Setup / Introduction and the Fgas Handling Test days. After attending the first day, students will know what they need for the test.
Setup / Introduction – €300
Day 1 will consist of a practical demonstration and a run through the theory test and what needs to be studied. If students do not feel ready for the test after the first day, they can opt to attend the extra days. Students can opt for the extra training at any time, we do not want to pressure students through the test if they are not ready.
Day 1 Theory Training
- Introduction to Fgas Regulations
- Contractor/Maintenance responsibilities
- Owner/Operator responsibilities
- Overview of all the Specific Knowledge required for Installation, service and maintenance
- Operator Logbook
- Health and Safety
- Labelling and Regulations for Leak Checking
- Environmental Protection Act
- Regulations for Recovery, Reclaim, and Recycle Refrigerant
- Waste Transfer and Hazardous Waste
- ODS (Ozone Depleting Substances) and GWP (Global Warming Potential)
- Brazing Theory
Day 1 Fgas Practical Tutor Demonstration
- Maintenance records and log book completion
- Leak checking and recording
- Recovery cylinder identification and recording
- Refrigerant recovery/reclaim/recycle and containment
- Labelling and record keeping
- Repairing system leaks and pressure testing
- Brazing and Flaring
- Vacuum operation and recording
- Charging Zeotropic and Aezotropic blends of Fgas
- Commissioning steps, checks and recording
Practical Training – €300
All aspects of the practical Fgas Handling Test will be covered. This is ideal for students who do not have access to the relevant tools and equipment, or students that do not feel sure about the Fgas Practical Test.
Practical Training Content
Recording operational data of a vapour compression system – Teams of 2, Student Practice work together to provide the following data:
- Air/water temperatures and demonstrate an understanding of their relevance to efficiency
- Condition of the refrigerant while the system is running and confirm energy efficiency and leak tightness
- Completion of Fgas log books and commissioning calculation notes.
Student Practice – (Teams of 2 student)
- Fit service manifold to system in a safe and environmentally friendly manner
- Complete and record direct and indirect leak checking steps
- Identify refrigerant type in recovery cylinder
- Identify safe capacity of recovery cylinder
- Identify and connect equipment required for recovery/reclaim of refrigerant
- Reclaim refrigerant from RAC system and record quantity/condition
- Complete brazing and flaring of copper pipe
- Complete leak test using OFN and safe venting of same
- Complete RAC system vacuum and record results
- Calculate Maximum Working Pressure
- Calculate Strength Test Pressure
- Describe how to recharge and complete the critical charge of R404A (zeotropic blend) into the system
- Set and record all commissioning data
- Remove service manifold in a safe and environmentally friendly manner
- Prepare the system to be placed back in operation and conduct final leak check
- Complete all details in logbook, provide a completed waste transfer note and a set of commissioning notes.
- Label all equipment used to include Fgas status detail.
Online Study – €300
The Online Study Material includes access to our online lecture, and access to the Refrigeration Training Simulator. Students in need of extra study, and students not able to attend the first day, are advised to attend the online lecture. The online study element is a great learning tool towards an Fgas Qualification.
Online Lecture Content
- Overview of Vapour Compression System Operating Cycle
- Overview of Pressure Enthalpy Charts, Plotting and Interpreting Data
- Energy Efficiency RAC systems to reduce GWP
- Energy Efficient Commissioning checks including setting Super Heat, Sub Cooling, Air On and Air Off/water in/out, Design Delta T totals of heat exchangers
- Fgas code of practice (EN378 Best practice guidelines)
- Direct and Indirect Leak Checking
- Pressure Testing versus Strength Testing
- Calculating Maximum Working Pressure and Strength Test Pressure
- Deliberate versus Inadvertent Venting of Fgas
- Online Lecture/Question and answer session
- Safe Handling of Refrigerant Do’s and Don’ts
- EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Regulations
- PAN (Prior Annual Notification) Registration
- Leak Checking and Labelling
- Procedure for draining compressor oil
- Identification of refrigerant in an unlabelled recovery cylinder
- Calculate the capacity of a recovery cylinder to hold refrigerant
- Charging Zeotropic blends and Azeotropic blends
- Manufacturer commissioning rules
Online support will be available to all students attending the online course.
Fgas Handling Test – €300
The Fgas handling test consists of an online 120 multiple choice question theory test, and a 2-hour practical test. It is the same test for both the 2-day and 3-day course.
All students attending the test are expected to complete all provided study and attend all required training prior to the test.
Examination Theory (30% weighted)
120 short answer questions candidate must answer minimum of 80 questions correctly to pass
Time: 2 hour duration
Examination Practical Skills Demonstration (70% weighted)
Candidate must attain a minimum mark of 40% to pass this element of the module.
Time: 2 hour duration
*QQI/FETAC Fgas Qualification is issued only when participants pass both examinations.
Assessment: As per QQI/FETAC Fgas Module descriptors
There is a charge for any repeats of the test.
All Fgas Training (All 4 options) – €1000
Students attending all 4 training sessions will have a bundle discount of €200
Any students not working in refrigeration regularly will need to attend all 4 sessions to gain an Fgas Qualification.
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