Star Learning Solutions works in the development of a vocational qualification for CO² Refrigeration

Star have been working on the development of a national vocational qualification for CO² refrigeration that will be launched later this year.

i-know.com has awarded more than 10,000 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning basics in the last 5 years.

 

The portal provides a modern alternative to traditional methods of training and delivers Refrigeration and Air Conditioning knowledge on demand by allowing students to access learning material at any time and from any place, simply by logging onto the website with a user name and a password. The website offers online courses and qualifications certified by City & Guilds, CIBSE, and The Construction CPD Certification Service and the number of students enrolled in the courses has reached 12,000 recently.

 

CO² Refrigeration Qualification

Star Learning Solutions have been working closely with the British Refrigeration Association and City & Guilds on the development of a new vocational qualification for CO² Refrigeration. This UK qualification would probably be the first official CO² refrigeration qualification in Europe. At a recent AREA meeting it was recognised by some of the members that the work being done by i-know.com would provide a suitable platform for internationalisation, to the extent of using the same elearning methodology.

 

This is now in the final stages and it is expected that it will be released later this year. The qualification will cover Installation & Commissioning and Service & Maintenance of CO² systems and will be structured in a similar way to the F-Gas Assessment.

 

For the last three years i-know.com have been offering CO² Refrigeration training for retail operators Marks & Spencer and Tesco using this unique method: theory underpinning knowledge online and 1-day assessment or training at their 9 UK centres. Marks & Spencer's CO² refrigeration practical training is carried out at Oaksmere training premises. In both cases, when candidates arrive to the centre for practical training, they have already mastered the basics, which means that technicians are able to focus entirely on the practical side of things.

 

This training and assessment methodology offers contractors a very appealing solution since it reduces personnel travel and accommodation expenses but also significantly reduces the amount of time technicians are off work.

 Dedicated to F-Gas Certification

Currently, Star Learning Solutions resources are vastly dedicated to F-Gas Certification, as according to the company this is an extremely busy period, since the EU requires that all personnel working with refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump systems obtain the European F-Gas certificate.

Astrid Prado, marketing manager of Star Learning Solutions clarifies that, "although there was a last minute rush to get certified for F-Gas before the deadline of 4th of July, many technicians have not yet been able to obtain such accreditation. Also in some countries in Europe the certification process is slow. We are expecting more partnerships with other European training providers to deliver the F-gas qualification and the new CO² Refrigeration qualification using the eLearning methodology: the theory training online via the website and the practical training and exam to obtain the full accreditation is carried out at the local training provider's centre."

 

The Refrigeration Courses and Air conditioning courses covering fundamentals are still available at no cost via the website. Also, a new course on Pressure testing will be launched in September.

 

About i-know.com - Star Learning Solutions

Star Learning Solutions (i-know.com) is the training division of the Star Group. The group operates in five global business sectors: refrigeration engineering - Star Refrigeration; StarFrost - electrical engineering; Star M&E Solutions - technical consultancy; Star Technical Solutions and learning.

 

Founded in 1970, Star Refrigeration has worldwide recognition for its groundbreaking work in developing carbon dioxide-based industrial refrigeration systems. Star is renowned for pioneering natural refrigerant solutions in large-scale projects including the world's largest natural heat pump for district heating. The company offers design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and aftercare of cooling and heating solutions.

 

  • Starfrost provides innovative industrial freezing and chilling eco-solutions to the food and process industries across the world.

 

  • Star Technical Solutions offers independent support to users of cooling and heating around the world. STS provide services including preparation of specifications to tender, regulator and legislative support, policy and product development and expert witness.

 

  • Star M&E Solutions offers M&E services and electrical panels to a range of industries.

 

  • Star Learning Solutions delivers a blended learning platform, providing both online training via i-know.com and practical training for the refrigeration, air conditioning, heat pump and BSE industries.