Noel Munkman, M.AIRAH
Australian Refrigeration Council
What’s happening to refrigeration and air conditioning training?
The refrigeration and air conditioning industry has gone through major changes over the past 30 years, requiring technicians to have new skills to safely and competently install, commission, maintain, and service equipment.
Munkman will discuss these changes and provide a brief history of the apprenticeships; the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning trade course qualification; and problems with the current training. He will detail the updates to the course (completed with assistance from the major RAC bodies, regulators, and training providers from each state/territory) – a process that commenced in 2014 but was not completed until October 2020.
Munkman was an RAC apprentice, tradesman and service manager before he moved into TAFE NSW, where he spent 30 years as a teacher, head teacher, curriculum developer, and program manager with statewide responsibilities. He has worked closely with industry bodies, government agencies, regulators, and training providers to develop and implement education and training programs for the HVAC&R industry, including natural refrigerants training. He has been the Australian Refrigeration Council’s Technical and Training Manager since 2016, working with VET and industry stakeholders on training issues.
Munkman also has more than 30 years’ involvement with WorldSkills Australia at regional, national, and international levels. He is WorldSkills International’s Refrigeration Skill Competition Manager.
Munkman has a Master of Education from UTS, and has received AIRAH’s President’s Citation and the ARBS Outstanding Industry Education/Training Award.