Refrigeration Registration- The Process
The Refrigeration industry is growing. The South African Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SARACCA) has recording continuous growth with new companies entering the industry regularly.
As governed by the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER), all refrigeration mechanics and installers must be trained and assessed by a Skills Development Provider (SDP) in the safe handling of refrigerants.
SARACCA’s Guide to Registration gives details on the registration process and requirements. There are the SDPs accredited by QCTO and recognised by SARACCA to provide learning programs aligned to the NQF standards, unit standards (which will be phased out by 2023), and qualifications. This recognition must be seen as an audit process of a quality system and the learning program that is offered. It ensures that learning and assessments result in a nationally recognised formal qualification and competence in refrigeration and the safe handling of refrigerants.
Once certified by the SDP, the practitioner must apply for registration with the South African Qualifications and Certification Committee of Gas (SAQCC Gas) through SARACCA on the prescribed application form.
The Registration is valid for 3 years after which the Practitioner must apply for license renewal. A refresher course at a recognised SDP must be undertaken before applying for a renewal.
Submitting Practitioners’ Details
When the practitioner has completed the safe handling of refrigerants course and assessment, the accredited SDP is required to submit the details of each practitioner to SARACCA for registration or renewal purposes.
SARACCA must receive this information to facilitate the registration process and to assist practitioners to be compliant with the Pressure Equipment Regulations.
From the date of the assessment, the time limit on registration is 6 months. This applies to both first-time applicants as well as renewal applicants.
Shall the applicant fail to register within these 6 months, they will have to re-do the full course or the refresher course. The success of the refrigeration industry is dependent on all industry players complying with the necessary regulations and standards, so does each practitioner’s career growth. Ensure your registration and license are up-to-date, visit www.saracca.co.za for a copy of the Guide to Registration. If you are unsure or require additional assistance, please call SARACCA offices at 011 622 3890