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IMI Accreditation Air Conditioning

The Air Conditioning route is intended for technicians whose job role involves the maintenance and repair or accident repair (MET role or similar) of light vehicles and will have contact with the vehicle Air Conditioning system during their work activities.


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There are three levels within IMI Accreditation Air Conditioning:

Refrigerant Handler

The technician must be able to work unsupervised – ideally, they should be in full time employment with at least three months experience to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques required to recover and recharge vehicle Air Conditioning systems without knowingly releasing refrigerant to the atmosphere. They should also be familiar with the knowledge of the legislation applied to the use of refrigerants (F-Gas) used in the automotive industry.

Service Technician

The technician must be able to work unsupervised – ideally, they should be in full time employment with at least twelve months experience to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques as indicated with the Refrigerant Handler level (see above), plus have the skills, knowledge and techniques required to service, maintain and replace components to a vehicles Air Conditioning system.

Diagnostic Technician

The technician should be working in the light vehicle sector of the industry and ideally have at least two years experience to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques as indicated with the Refrigerant Handler and Service Technician levels (see above), plus have the skills, knowledge and techniques required to diagnose Air Conditioning system faults through pressure readings and system electrical faults. The technician will also be required to diagnose faults with Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) or climate control faults including returning the vehicle systems to manufacturer specification.

Note: All IMI Accreditation Air Conditioning levels meet the minimum requirements set out in EC Regulation (EC) No. 307/2008.

 

         

         

Refrigerant Handler

This level requires the technician to complete the following modules:          

Refrigerant Handling - AOM 126 AOM 126
Refrigerant Cylinder Handling - AOM 127 AOM 127

This will normally be a half day assessment.          

Service Technician

This level requires the technician to complete the following modules:          

Refrigerant Cylinder Handling - AOM 127 AOM 127
AC System Service - AOM 128 AOM 128

This will normally be a half day assessment.          

Diagnostic Technician

This level requires the technician to complete the following modules:          

Refrigerant Cylinder Handling - AOM 127 AOM 127
AC System Service - AOM 128 AOM 128
AC System Fault 1 - AOM 129 AOM 129
AC System Fault 2 - AOM 130 AOM 130
AC System Fault 3 - AOM 131 AOM 131

This will normally be a one day assessment.          

Refrigerant Handler

This level requires the technician to complete the following module:      

Vehicle Air Conditioning - technology and legislation - AOM 132 AOM 132

This may either be achieved through a half day assessment or may be spread over the duration of the individual’s existing IMI Accreditation.      

Service Technician

This level requires the technician to complete the following modules:      

AC System Service - AOM 128 AOM 128
Vehicle Air Conditioning - technology and legislation - AOM 132 AOM 132

This may either be achieved through a half day assessment or may be spread over the duration of the individual’s existing IMI Accreditation.      

Diagnostic Technician

This level requires the technician to complete two out of the following three practical modules:      

AC System Fault 1 - AOM 129 AOM 129
AC System Fault 2 - AOM 130 AOM 130
AC System Fault 3 - AOM 131 AOM 131
Vehicle Air Conditioning - technology and legislation - AOM 132 AOM 132

This may either be achieved through a half day assessment or may be spread over the duration of the individual’s existing IMI Accreditation.      

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Wendy Hennessy

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