Code of Practice updated


05 February 2020

The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) and British Refrigeration Association (BRA) have  released the second edition of the joint IOR BRA Commercial Code of Practice: Skills, Qualifications and Training.  

Prepared in association with the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB), this free guide gives an overview of current qualifications and certificates available for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump technicians, operatives, service, maintenance and installation personnel. It has been updated to include the requirements of the new 'Trailblazer' RACHP Apprenticeship Standard, which is now the recognised standard that technicians entering the workplace should attain. This includes a higher level of involvement from employers in managing the process and ensuring adequate on the job training takes place, making this a valuable reference guide for anyone employing or training apprentices.  

The code also includes an appendix with a list of other older qualifications and apprenticeship schemes, and sections on mandatory and voluntary certificates of training and registration of personnel (ACRIB Skillcard), providing an overview of sector qualification for those responsible for recruitment of technicians and engineers.

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Miriam Rodway of the IOR said: “There have been some very significant changes in the world of skills, training and qualifications in the past few years and this jointly published guide will provide employers with information about what has changed in the new RACHP Engineering Technician Apprenticeship, what their role and responsibilities in supporting their Apprentices through on the job training will be in the future, and which new City & Guilds qualifications have been designed to train apprentices up to the required industry standards.”

The updated code is available for download from the IOR at or BRA at