22 September 2022
The Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) operates an active education and skills committee which brings together representatives of the seven trade associations and institutes that comprise the ACRIB umbrella body. This year, it is supporting two significant skills initiatives for the RACHP sector.
RACHPSkills UK, organised as part of the World Skills UK portfolio, is a practical competition which promotes skills and raising of standards, as well as showcasing the talent of apprentice competitors at skills events. ACRIB has offered prizes for all finalists that have been identified at the regional heats that have taken place this year, and several of the education committee members have volunteered as competition judges. We wish all this year's finalists the best of luck.
The ACRIB SKILLcard forms a part of the Engineering Services SKILLcard scheme recognised by the pan-industry Construction Skills Certification Scheme. The ACRIB SKILLcard is unique in that all holders must have a current F Gas Certificate and can include various specific refrigerant qualifications on their card, allowing them to use their ACRIB SKILLcard to demonstrate that they can safely handle not just HFCs but also carbon dioxide, flammables or ammonia. The ACRIB SKILLcard is available as Gold (advanced), Blue (skilled) or White (refrigerant handler). There are currently nearly 6,000 of these specialised cards in use.
Find out more about ACRIB and how it is supporting education, including a searchable list of RACHP training providers, at www.acrib.org.uk