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Industrial Refrigeration Training

AIRAH provides dedicated Industrial Refrigeration training that has been researched and developed by industry users to meet the specific needs of staff working in and around ammonia plants. This training is evaluated every year and updated as required.

Training is provided for plant operators, electricians, non-refrigeration trade staff, refrigeration contractors, engineers and OH&S staff.

All of AIRAH’s Industrial Refrigeration training courses can be delivered onsite at your facility as well as at our training facility located at Oxford Logistics in Melbourne. Please click here to obtain a quotation for onsite training of your staff.

AIRAH can provide your company with nationally accredited as well as tailored Industrial Refrigeration training to suit your particular needs.

There is currently a review of the AS1677 Australian Standard taking place and AIRAH has representatives on the review committee. 

Ammonia courses to be held in 2014

Information about the courses:


Click here to download the Victorian Code of Practice - Ammonia Refrigeration 2011


Operate ammonia refrigeration plant

Replaces 21747VIC Course in Industrial Refrigeration (Plant Operations)



Suitable for refrigeration plant operators who need to be aware of the potential hazards associated with ammonia and the appropriate course of action that should be taken in an emergency.

Ammonia is a toxic gas. Refrigeration plant operators and anyone working around the plant should be aware of the potential hazards and the appropriate courses of action to be taken in an emergency.

This three-day course includes both theoretical and practical components, with visits to a working industrial ammonia plant.

Course comprises two units, which are delivered concurrently:

UEENEEJ178A – Apply safety awareness and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant

UEENEEJ196A – Operate ammonia refrigeration plant

Achieving competency in these two units leads to a Statement of Attainment in the Skill Set ‘Operate ammonia refrigeration plant’.


Key topics

  • Refrigeration systems
  • Compressors
  • Lubricants
  • Condensers, cooling towers and ancillary components
  • Refrigerant flow control and automatic control devices
  • Liquid overfeed systems
  • Ammonia awareness/safety
  • Service procedures and basic fault finding
  • Safety and legal requirements for ammonia refrigerant

Designed for

  • Plant operators
  • Fitters and turners
  • Electricians
  • Boiler makers
  • Any contractor who has not worked with ammonia and other non refrigeration trained staff.


Dates, cost and registration

  • April 7–9
  • July 14–16
  • September 29–October 1

Member: $2,100 incl GST
Non member: $2,700 incl GST


For more information please email

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Ammonia Emergency Response - 1 Day


Course Venue:  Oxford Logistics, 1 Hume Road, Laverton North, Victoria

This course was redesigned in 2011 to meet the demands of industry and now can be completed in 1 day. It is a good course to do as an extension to the course in Industrial Refrigeration above or as a stand-alone course that will give participants the knowledge to deal with an emergency at their site.

Key topics

  • Chemistry of ammonia
  • Legislative framework
  • MSDS
  • Ammonia vapour and cloud dispersal
  • Emergency planning
  • First aid and injuries
  • Hazchem signage and labelling
  • Breathing apparatus, chemical suits and confined spaces

Designed for

  • Plant managers
  • Plant operators
  • Maintenance contractors
  • Refrigeration mechanics


Dates, cost and registration

  • April 4
  • July 18
  • October 10

Member: $700 incl GST
Non-member: $900 incl GST


For more information please email

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Ammonia Safety Awareness - ½ Day


Course Venue:  Available Onsite Only

This course has been designed specifically for non-plant and refrigeration staff that work in or around an industrial ammonia plant.


Key topics

  • Case Studies ammonia incidents
  • What is ammonia
  • How does ammonia behave
  • What are ammonia’s effects
  • Value of maintenance/servicing
  • Regulations and standards
  • Detection of ammonia
  • Safety alerts


Designed for

  • OHS team members
  • Forklift drivers
  • Stores personnel
  • Meat workers
  • Administration staff
  • Anyone working in or around an ammonia plant

Dates and registration

This course is run at your facility onsite. Please contact Heather for more information, email

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Energy Efficient Industrial Refrigeration - 2 Days


Course Venue: Oxford Logistics, 1 Hume Road, Laverton North, Victoria

The AIRAH Energy Efficient Refrigeration course identifies and discusses best practices for making temperature-controlled warehouses and cooling, chilling and freezing within food processing and other facilities, more energy efficient.

The course aims to improve energy efficiency in industrial refrigeration systems by changing the operating practices of food processing companies, cold storage and refrigerated warehouses and the allied trades that support them.

Industries that may benefit from this training course are:

  • Refrigerated warehouses, including controlled atmosphere facilities
  • Fruit and vegetable processors, ranging from fresh product storage to highly processed prepared meals
  • Breweries and wineries
  • Dairy and ice cream manufacturers
  • Meat, poultry and fish processors



  • Define energy and how it is measured
  • Identify improvements in system components to reduce energy usage
  • Identify opportunities for heat recovery, cogeneration and trigeneration
  • Build a business case for energy efficiency


Designed for

  • Plant engineers
  • Plant supervisors/managers
  • Facility managers
  • Sustainability managers


Dates, cost and registration

  • September 4–5
Member: $1,400
Non-member: $1,800


For more information regarding this course please email


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General information regarding courses


Fees include detailed course notes, relevant handouts and textbooks, morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

All courses commence on the first day at 8am. It is therefore recommended that accommodation is booked from the evening prior to course.

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AIRAH’s Industrial Refrigeration training is delivered by industry experts that currently work within the industrial refrigeration sectors across Australia and are qualified in the Certificate IV - Workplace Training and Assessment. Our trainers have been involved heavily in our ammonia course development and structure and have delivered the training across Australia and New Zealand extensively.

Our training is provided in the following ways:

  • Via correspondence
  • At your facility to suit your needs, particularly for large installations with 24 hour rotating shifts that makes it difficult for staff to attend training at our dedicated training facility in Melbourne
  • Face to face at Oxford Logistics, Melbourne


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Oxford Logistics is a proud supporter of the AIRAH Industrial Ammonia training. All face-to-face training is held at their state-of-the-art facility in Melbourne.


Oxford Cold Storage

1 Hume Road

Laverton North


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Training policies


Information regarding AIRAH's training policies is available by clicking here


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To register for the above courses, download the registration form, and return the completed form to AIRAH by email, fax or post.


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Cancellation and refund policy


Registration may be cancelled up to five working days prior to commencement of the course with participants either transferring to another course / event or receiving a refund less a 20% administration fee. No refund will be given where cancellation is 24 hours or less. In all other cases of cancellation the extent of any refund will be at the discretion of AIRAH.

You may substitute another participant at any time prior to the event date should the nominated person be unable to attend. Where the course has entry requirements these must be met by any substitute participant. Where a non member replaces a member the difference between member and non member rates will be charged. Requests for refund can be made by email to

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For enquiries regarding AIRAH's ammonia training contact Heather White on +613 8623 3000 (Mob 0438 669 903) or email



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